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Town (pop., 2001: 22,187), Warwickshire, England. It is located on the River Avon. The town's first royal charter was granted in 1553. For centuries it was a country market town, but it became a tourist centre because of its association with William Shakespeare, who was born and died there; his grave is in the parish church of Holy Trinity. The Shakespeare Centre in Stratford includes a library and an art gallery (opened 1881) and a theatre (opened 1932). Every year from March until October, Shakespeare's plays are performed in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
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