Shakespeare luminaries from all over the world are attending the 32nd international conference on the Bard's work this week.
More than 200 scholars from as far afield as Japan, Poland and the USA will descend on Stratford-upon-Avon's Shakespeare Institute.
Once there, they will spend the week studying the writer's works, times and impact.
Held there since its establishment in 1951, the conference is an international gathering of the world's most-respected Shakespeare experts.
The get-together also provides a regular stimulus for the development of S hakespeare study globally.
The conference theme this year is Stages for Shakespeare's Theatre and it will feature a range of topics including the playwright's theatre on screen, theatrical vocabulary and an interview with leading theatre director Michael Bogdanov.
Professor Kate McLuskie, director of the Institute, said: "We are delighted to host this important conference and welcome Shakespeare experts from all over the world to the town of his birth."
The Shakespeare Institute is part of the University of Birmingham's School of Humanities and offers the academic resources needed for specialist postgraduate work on the drama of the English Renaissance.