Travel By Numbers: Shakespeare

To mark the Bard's birthday today, Laura Holt looks at the destinations which influenced the playwright's work

700

The number of standing seats at the Globe Theatre. Having moved from Stratford-upon-Avon to London in 1596 – following his marriage to Anne Hathaway – Shakespeare embarked on a professional career as an actor and playwright. He was a member of the syndicate responsible for building the first Globe Theatre in Southwark in 1599. Rebuilt faithful to its original form some 400 years later, it opens for the new summer season today with a performance of Hamlet. Tickets from £5. shakespearesglobe.com

10.45

The time, in the morning, that the special Birthday Procession begins on 30 April in Stratford-upon-Avon. The march sets off from Shakespeare's birthplace on Henley Street and finishes at his grave inside the Holy Trinity Church, with brass bands and costumed dancers leading the way. shakespearesbirthday.org.uk

5.3

The act, and scene, in which Macbeth proclaims: "I will not be afraid of death and bane, till Birnam forest come to Dunsinane." Referred to as "the Scottish play", it tells the tale of a king turned mad by ambition and guilt. Today, an old fort remains at Dunsinane Hill – known locally as Macbeth's Castle – though the ramparts are most clearly viewed from the adjacent Black Hill. visitscotland.com

1961

The year the Royal Shakespeare Company was founded by director Peter Hall. The troupe celebrates its 50th birthday this year with events and performances including a new production of Macbeth, which opened the summer season last week. Other reasons to visit the Bard's birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon include a revamped couplet of theatres – the Swan and the Royal Shakespeare – plus a new riverside café and exhibition space. rsc.org.uk

20,000

The annual number of visitors at Kronborg Castle. This 16th-century Danish fortress was fictionalised in Hamlet as Elsinore Castle. In the opening scene, Prince Hamlet is driven to avenge his father's death after a ghost appears at Elsinore claiming the former King of Denmark was murdered. Visit the Unesco-listed site and take a torch-lit tour through the cavernous rooms, including a 62-metre-long ballroom. kronborg.dk

1505

The year Bermuda was discovered by the Spanish. Academics believe the island was the setting for The Tempest; where the characters are shipwrecked on a mythical isle. The story is thought to have been based on reports of the Sea Venture which sank in the region in 1606. See modern shipwrecks on a snorkelling trip, from $45 (£27). snorkelbermuda.com

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Recruitment Genius: Transportation Contracting Manager

    £33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel and Spa Duty Manager

    £18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...

    Recruitment Genius: Payroll and Benefits Co-ordinator

    £22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...

    ICE ICT: Lead Business Consultant

    £39,000: ICE ICT: Specific and detailed knowledge and experience of travel sys...

    Day In a Page

    Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

    Making of a killer

    What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
    UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

    Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

    Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
    Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
    Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

    Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

    Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
    Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

    No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

    Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
    Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

    Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

    The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
    Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

    Something wicked?

    Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
    10 best sun creams for body

    10 best sun creams for body

    Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
    Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

    Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

    Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
    Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

    There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

    The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
    How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

    How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

    Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
    Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

    One day to find €1.6bn

    Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
    New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

    'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

    Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
    Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

    Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

    The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
    Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

    Historians map out untold LGBT histories

    Public are being asked to help improve the map