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World's Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2011

Courtesey of Peter Cook

Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre, Stratford-on-Avon, England

Hamlet, Macbeth, Puck, and Juliet have a mod new $185 million crib in Stratford-on-Avon, where the Royal Shakespeare Company's round theater opened in April 2011—nicely timed to its 50th-anniversary season. The gem is the 1,040-seat, thrust-stage Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which includes four bars, a riverside café, and a rooftop restaurant; a new 118-foot-high tower offers panoramic views of Warwickshire and the three adjacent counties. The inaugural season features new productions of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Merchant of Venice, starring Patrick Stewart as Shylock.

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