Innovative public art project looks to the future of Shakespeare’s hometown.

Two giant pairs of interactive binoculars will appear in Stratford over the weekend of 6-8 September. 

Working with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, we have commissioned an innovative artistic project that explores the experiences and perspectives of people who live in and around Stratford. 

I See the Future uses augmented reality to show how people who live in Stratford now believe it will look in 100 years’ time.

View of the Bancroft Gardens and Waterside from the theatre
Photo by David Tett © RSC Browse and license our images

I See the Future marks the 250th anniversary of the first Shakespeare Jubilee of 1769, the event that established the Shakespeare tourism industry in Stratford.

The project asks what the future could look like for the people of this town now. Residents of all ages and backgrounds will be invited to contribute their hopes, dreams and imaginings for the future in a series of creative workshops this summer. Their collective vision will come to life in stunning augmented reality inside the large-scale interactive binoculars.  

The project is being developed by Anagram, an award-winning female-led creative company specialising in interactive storytelling and immersive experiences.

If you're local to Stratford, you can to contribute your ideas at the workshops, which take place in July. Full details will be announced soon.