Shakespeare400 is a season of cultural and artistic events across 2016, celebrating four hundred years of Shakespeare, his creative achievement and his profound influence on creative culture across the centuries. It is the collective endeavour of a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London, working closely together to express the impact of Shakespearean creativity on the widest range of artistic forms.

The Shakespeare400 season includes theatre, music, opera, dance, exhibitions with an emphasis on creative curation, and a range of educational events to help new audiences engage with Shakespeare’s work. The season is designed to demonstrate the ongoing vibrancy of Shakespeare’s creative influence in national and global culture, and in the process to extend and enhance the legacy of the World Shakespeare Festival of 2012.

Together, the consortium partners seek both to reflect on four centuries of Shakespeare-inspired creativity across all art forms and to look forward to the next hundred years in the global life of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. The season aims to treat all art forms engaged with Shakespeare equally – after all, Shakespeare’s influence extends far beyond the theatre – and partners have been particularly keen to champion work outside the limiting ‘heritage industry’ frame too often imposed on Shakespeare.

A century ago, Sir Israel Gollancz, Professor of English Language and Literature at King’s College London, was the leading figure in the Shakespeare tercentenary celebrations of 1916, working hard to create the conversations and secure the necessary support for a celebration of the first three hundred years of Shakespeare’s creative influence – a celebration that, it was hoped, would be both local and global, emerging from London but reaching out across the world. The onset of the First World War, however, drastically limited what could be achieved – though the marking of the tercentenary nonetheless did take place both in London and across the world.

Now, a century later, we have the opportunity again to consider the impact that Shakespeare’s writing has had on the collective imagination, not only in the English-speaking world but across the globe: the constantly changing responses to, and engagement with, the Shakespeare canon and the ways in which creative encounters with Shakespeare reflect and inform perceptions of national and international cultural life. It is fascinating to investigate all the ways in which creative culture has changed – in London, in the UK, in the world – since 1616, the year of Shakespeare’s death, and since the tercentenary of 1916. Shakespeare is no longer only London’s, or the United Kingdom’s, but a playwright and poet for the world.

The Shakespeare400 season partners include some of the best of London’s creative and cultural sector: Barbican, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Bloomsbury Publishing / The Arden Shakespeare, British Film Institute, British Library, City of London, City of London Festival, Film London, Glyndebourne, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Hogarth Shakespeare – from Vintage Books, King’s College London, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Museum of London, Museum of London Archaeology, National Theatre, Rambert, Royal Collection Trust, Royal Opera House, Royal Society of Literature, Senate House Library, Shakespeare's Globe, The National Archives.

The season as a whole is coordinated by King’s College London, with academics from the university’s London Shakespeare Centre contributing their literary-critical, historical, dramaturgical and curatorial knowledge to the season.

Deborah Bull, Assistant Principal (Culture & Engagement) at King’s College London comments, ‘We are very pleased to have brought together the diverse and dynamic range of partners that make up the Shakespeare400 consortium. The influence of Shakespeare on art, culture and society over the past 400 years cannot be underestimated and this is reflected in the rich programmes of activity and media listed on this central web resource.

‘Some of the partners involved in Shakespeare400 are longstanding and some are new to King’s. I’m delighted they have committed to working with us to ensure that Shakespeare’s quatercentenary is marked as it should be – for as wide an audience as possible and in a way that doesn’t only commemorate the past, but that also celebrates the present and heralds the future.’

Professor Gordon McMullan, academic director of Shakespeare400 and director of the London Shakespeare Centre said, ‘The idea for Shakespeare400 emerged in the aftermath of the World Shakespeare Festival of 2012. I was working on Sir Israel Gollancz and his leadership – and thus that of King’s – of the Shakespeare tercentenary of 1916, and it seemed possible that King’s might again facilitate the celebrations in London.

‘I’m delighted by the support that the idea received throughout King’s and from potential cultural partners, as well as the remarkable willingness across the board to be involved in a shared project for 2016. We extended and developed the opening conversations, and the consortium as it is composed today began to emerge.

‘It is, of course, a very exciting time for lovers of Shakespeare across the globe, and we are thrilled to be contributing in this way to the marking of four hundred years of Shakespeare-inspired creativity.’

A CHRONOLOGY OF SHAKESPEARE’S LIFE

1564

William Shakespeare born in Stratford-upon-Avon, third child of John and Mary Shakespeare, on 23 April

1571

Shakespeare eligible to attend King Edward VI Grammar School in Stratford

1576

John Shakespeare applies for a coat of arms but is denied

1582

Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway sometime in November

1583

Daughter Susanna born, baptised 26 May

1585

Twins Hamnet and Judith are born, baptised 2 February

The beginning of the ‘lost years’

1587

Shakespeare leaves Stratford (?)

1589

1, 2, 3 Henry VI (1589–91)

1590

Taming of the Shrew (1590–5?)

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1590–4)

King John (1590–1)

1591

Richard III (c. 1591–3)

1592

Shakespeare is described as an ‘up- start crow’ in Greene’s Groats-worth of Wit, suggesting he is in London by this time

Titus Andronicus (c.1592–4)

Edward III (c. 1592–4)

1593

Venus and Adonis published with a dedication to the Earl of Southampton

1594

The Rape of Lucrece published

Titus Andronicus published – first Shakespeare play to appear in print

The Comedy of Errors (c. 1594 or earlier)

Love’s Labour’s Lost (c. 1594–5)

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (c. 1594–6)

1595

First recorded as a member of the Chamberlain’s Men

Richard II (c. 1595)

Romeo and Juliet (c. 1595–6)

1596

Death of Hamnet

Granted coat of arms

Merchant of Venice (c. 1596–8)

1 Henry IV (1596–7)

1597

Purchases New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon

2 Henry IV (1597–8)

The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597)

1598

Described as ‘best for comedy and tragedy… among the English’ in Francis Meres’ Palladia Tamia

Much Ado About Nothing (1598–9)

1599

Henry V (1599)

Julius Caesar (1599)

As You Like It (c. 1599–1600)

1600

Hamlet (1600–1)

1601

Death of John Shakespeare

Twelfth Night (1601)

Troilus and Cressida (1601–2)

1602

Shakespeare buys additional property in Stratford including a garden and a cottage opposite New Place

All’s Well That Ends Well (c. 1602–5)

1603

Othello (1603–4)

Sir Thomas More (1603–4)

1604

Living on Silver Street

Measure For Measure (c. 1604)

King Lear (1604–6)

1606

Macbeth (c. 1606)

Antony and Cleopatra (c. 1606)

1607

Daughter Susanna marries the physician John Hall

Death of Shakespeare’s brother Edmund, an actor with the King’s Men

Timon of Athens (c. 1607)

Pericles (1607–8)

1608

Coriolanus (c. 1608)

1609

Sonnets published

1610

Cymbeline (c. 1610)

The Winter’s Tale (1610–11)

The Tempest (1610–11)

1612

Cardenio, lost play (1612–13)

Shakespeare appears as witness at Court of Requests on 11 May

1613

Buys property in the Blackfriars precinct

Henry VIII (1613)

Two Noble Kinsmen (c. 1613–14)

1616

Burial of ‘William Shakespeare gent’ recorded in parish register, Stratford-upon-Avon

Daughter Judith marries Thomas Quiney

Baptism of Judith’s son, Shakespeare Quiney

1623

Anne Shakespeare dies

Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies (also known as The First Folio) published

A life’s work.
A 400-year legacy.
A year of celebrations.

Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organisations, coordinated by King’s College London, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Through a connected series of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities in the capital and beyond, partners will celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare during the quatercentenary year.

You can receive alerts via twitter for all upcoming Shakespeare400 events by following @S400events

Listings

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31.05.16
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Shakespeare on Film

BFI Southbank 1.04.16 – 31.05.16
The season will explore the inspirational influence of our greatest playwright on filmmakers across the world, featuring films from the silent era, award-winning adaptations and contemporary interpretations of the Bard’s work.
1.06.16
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Dig Shakespeare: archaeology and theatre family workshops

The Stage archaeology space, Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN 1.06.16, 10.00am
Pop into The Stage archaeology space and try your hand at being an archaeologist for the day or take part in theatrical workshops with The Malachites, Shoreditch’s Shakespeare company.
2.06.16
exhibition
exhibition

Shakespeare Lives exhibition

The British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, London, SW1A 2BN 17.05.16 – 2.06.16
Join us at the British Council for the Shakespeare Lives exhibition, bringing together global activity from the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign and a host of British theatres, museums, educators and artists.
2.06.16
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Read Not Dead: Back By Popular Demand Voting Event

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 2.06.16, 7.00pm
Rounding off the Globe’s series of Henslowe and Rose 1616 inspired events, teams of scholars and directors present their arguments for reviving one of the four plays first performed in the Rose.
4.06.16
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Shakespeare’s Southwark - Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral & Bankside 4.06.16, 11.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
5.06.16
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Bottom’s Dream

Royal Festival Hall 5.06.16, 12.00pm
Take the whole family on a journey to the woodlands of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this special FUNharmonics family concert, presented by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Globe Education.
5.06.16
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Margaret Willes - ‘The Grace of Plants: Shakespeare and Botany’

Southwark Cathedral, Garry Weston Library 5.06.16, 1.30pm
This talk will highlight the beauty of Shakespeare’s lines from his plays and sonnets with charming contemporary renderings of the plants he described so vividly.
8.06.16
screening
screening

Hamlet - broadcast live

Various locations across the country 8.06.16, 7.00pm
Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.
9.06.16
talk
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Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture: What 1616 (and 1916) Did For Us

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 9.06.16, 7.00pm
Professor Gordon McMullan, brainchild of Shakespeare 400, explores what it means to 'remember' and 'forget' Shakespeare, Jonson, Cervantes and Beaumont in 2016
11.06.16

Shakespeare’s Southwark - Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral & Bankside 11.06.16, 11.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
12.06.16
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performance

For who can wield like Shakespeare’s skilful hand?

St John’s Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA 12.06.16, 3.00pm
Bampton Classical Opera, renowned specialists in little-known operatic repertory, performs in concert two 18th-century rarities: Benda’s lyrical Romeo and Juliet and Linley’s colourful Ode on the Spirits of Shakespeare.
12.06.16

Read Not Dead: Love’s Pilgrimage by John Fletcher

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 12.06.16, 4.00pm
In Fletcher’s rarely performed tragicomedy, first staged in 1616, two young women adopt male disguises in the hope of pursuing their mutual love. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
16.06.16
talk
talk

Macbeth on the Victorian stage

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 16.06.16, 6.30pm
This lecture will consider the range and variety of productions and innovations some Victorian era performers introduced to portrayals of Macbeth.
17.06.16
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performance

Henry V

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 17.06.16 – 9.07.16
Directed by Donmar Warehouse Associate Director, Robert Hastie, experience Henry V in the unique outdoor setting of the Open Air Theatre (evenings 19:45 Mon-Sat; matinees 14:15 Thu & Sat).
18.06.16
performance
talk
performance
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Shakespeare’s Southwark - Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral & Bankside 18.06.16, 11.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
20.06.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare’s First Folio: the biography of a book

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library, Senate House 20.06.16, 6.30pm
From the first known buyer of Shakespeare’s collected works to the international press coverage of a new copy found in France, this talk asks how we might write the biography of a book.
21.06.16
conference
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conference
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Symposium: Shakespeare’s text down the Ages

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library, Senate House 21.06.16, 10.00am
Ever since Nicholas Rowe produced the first modern edition in 1709 there has been a continuous debate about Shakespeare’s text. In this symposium we will be addressing this issue with a series of studies covering the time span from then till now.
22.06.16
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Singling Simpkin' & 'The Humour of John Swabber'

King’s College London. River Room, Strand Campus 22.06.16, 6.00pm
Lucie Skeaping, presenter of BBC Radio Three’s Early Music Show, presents 'Singing Simpkin' & 'The Humour of John Swabber' - two short bawdy comedies with music. A semi-staged performance in period costume.
22.06.16
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performance

The Shadow King

Barbican Theatre 22.06.16 – 2.07.16
Transporting King Lear to the story-rich and resource-laden terrain of northern Australia, The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare’s tragedy as a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous families divided by land, identity and legitimacy.
23.06.16
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Exploring the Sonnets

Beveridge Hall 23.06.16, 6.30pm
Join us for an intimate and unique evening of study and performance as Professor Sir Brian Vickers leads an exploration of Shakespeare’s sonnets.
24.06.16
performance
talk
performance
talk

Shakespeare’s Southwark - Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral & Bankside 24.06.16, 11.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
28.06.16
talk
talk

Metamorphosis of ‘New Place’

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 28.06.16, 6.30pm
The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (with Staffordshire University) recently excavated New Place, and it is now high time for a metamorphosis in Shakespearian biography, as well as for New Place itself, which is being newly presented for the 2016 anniversary year.
4.07.16
exhibition
exhibition

Shakespeare Re-Discovered in St-Omer

Globe Exhibition 4.07.16 – 4.09.16
The St-Omer Folio Folio - discovered in September 2014 - will be the centrepiece of a special exhibition which will place the 1623 volume in context of other important books and folios of the time.
6.07.16
exhibition
exhibition

Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street 6.07.16 – 18.09.16
This installation will take visitors back in time to remember the Shakespeare Hut, a forgotten building built to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the bard’s death and to keep First World War troops safe and sound.
6.07.16
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talk
exhibition
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Shakespeare: Court Dramatist - Lecture

Windsor Castle 6.07.16, 6.30pm
How did performing in royal palaces put demands on Shakespeare? Join distinguished Shakespearian scholar Professor Richard Dutton as he shares new research on Shakespeare’s creative life, followed by a glass of wine and a private view of the exhibition, Shakespeare in the Royal Library.
6.07.16
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Shakespeare a German Writer

Goldsmiths room, 4th Floor, Senate House 6.07.16, 6.30pm
This evening is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the impact Shakespeare’s works have had on German culture. Listeners will be guided through the history of Shakespeare reception in Germany, with actors reading key texts in English and German.
7.07.16
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Hamlet & Japan: An Evening of Talks and Performances

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 7.07.16, 7.00pm
In association with The Japan Society and featuring Sir David Warren, this evening of talks and performances culminates in the Kabuki inspired 'Visions of Ophelia' by the renowned actress Aki Isoda.
12.07.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare goes to Cambridge

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library, Senate House 12.07.16, 6.30pm
This lecture will take the tale of Shakespeare in Cambridge down to our own times, including recent gifts to Trinity College.
14.07.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare Burlesqued

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library, Senate House 14.07.16, 6.30pm
This lecture will be exploring the work of some of the most prominent practitioners of the burlesque Shakespeare genre and considering the reasons for their success.
14.07.16
talk
talk

Ben Jonson’s Folio at 400

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 14.07.16, 7.00pm
Professor Martin Butler’s lecture tells the story of the publication of The Works of Benjamin Jonson (1616) and explores the tension between the literary and the theatrical in Jonson’s texts.
16.07.16
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The Shakespeare Garden Project - Friars and Frenzies

Southwark Cathedral Churchyard 16.07.16, 10.00am
Join Studio Cultivate for a unique exploration of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. With the beautiful Southwark Cathedral and dramatic Bankside as a Verona stage set.
17.07.16
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Read Not Dead: Every Man Out of his Humour

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 17.07.16, 4.00pm
Globe actors present Ben Jonson’s study of personalities and mannerisms, based on the four humours of medieval physiology. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
21.07.16
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1616: The Secrets & Passions of William Shakespeare

King’s Greenwood Theatre, Guy’s Campus 21.07.16 – 22.07.16
Transatlantyk2 present their acclaimed new one-man play that recreates Shakespeare’s life, loves and works. Locked in a room at his Stratford home, the poet and actor conjures a final audience to pick through the “rinds and fruits” of his life.
22.07.16
conference
conference

Shakespeare Works When Shakespeare Plays

Globe Theatre 22.07.16 – 25.07.16
Shakespeare’s Globe, UC Davis and Shakespeare Theatre Association host a conference on Shakespeare for teachers, with keynote talks from world experts and tickets to Globe productions.
23.07.16
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Béatrice et Bénédict

Glyndebourne 23.07.16 – 27.08.16
Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict, adapted from Much Ado About Nothing, will have its fully staged Glyndebourne debut in a new production directed by Laurent Pelly.
31.07.16
conference
conference

World Shakespeare Congress

Shakespeare’s Globe & King’s College London, and locations in Stratford-upon-Avon 31.07.16 – 6.08.16
The 2016 World Shakespeare Congress – four hundred years after the playwright’s death – will celebrate Shakespeare’s memory and the global cultural legacy of his works. Taking place in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.
11.08.16
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performance

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Glyndebourne 11.08.16 – 28.08.16
Peter Hall’s enduringly popular 1981 production of Benjamin Britten’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns to Glyndebourne for its first revival in ten years.
11.08.16
talk
talk

Dickens and Shakespeare

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library, Senate House 11.08.16, 6.30pm
Dickens work is deeply influenced by Shakespeare and saturated with Shakespearian references and allusions some of which will be explored in this lecture
11.08.16
talk
talk

The Saint-Omer Shakespeare First Folio Goes Viral

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 11.08.16, 7.00pm
In November 2014, within hours of the Saint-Omer copy of the Shakespeare First Folio having been authenticated, news of its discovery went viral. Prof Eric Rasmussen provides a fascinating insider’s account.
18.08.16
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performance

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Windsor Castle

Moat Garden, Windsor Castle 18.08.16 – 27.09.16
Special family performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the stunning Moat Garden at Windsor Castle.Bring a rug or cushions to sit on, and watch the performance unfold around you. Performances take place on selected evenings from 18 - 27 August 2016.
18.08.16
talk
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Reinterpreting Shakespeare’s will

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 18.08.16, 6.30pm
Amanda Bevan has read Shakespeare’s will anew, looking not for character but for intentions, casting new light on how Shakespeare conducted himself as a husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.
20.08.16
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Antic Disposition’s The Comedy of Errors

Gray’s Inn Hall, London 20.08.16 – 1.09.16
Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present a new production of The Comedy of Errors in the beautiful Gray’s Inn Hall – location of the first recorded performance of the play in 1594.
20.08.16
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performance

The Shakespeare Garden Project - Love-In-Idleness

Southwark Cathedral Churchyard 20.08.16, 10.00am
Join Southwark Cathedral for a unique exploration of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Studio Cultivate will investigate Oberon and Puck’s use of plants in creating much woodland mischief.
21.08.16
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performance

Read Not Dead: The Chances by John Fletcher

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 21.08.16, 4.00pm
The Chances, based on Cervantes' Novelas Ejempleres, tells of the strange events of two Spanish men in pursuit of a famously beautiful woman. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
25.08.16
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Othello: Curators Room

Room 101, Senate House 6.05.16 – 25.08.16
On display in the Curators’ Room is a rare First Folio and we see editions intended neither for scholarship nor plain reading, but for sheer beauty.
25.08.16
performance
talk
performance
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From 1899 to digital: Shakespearean critical scholarship and the evolution of English as a discipline

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 25.08.16, 6.30pm
Mary Ann Kernan, explores the history of the Arden Shakespeare series from its launch in 1899 to its current inclusion in Drama Online as part of Bloomsbury Publishing.
5.09.16
exhibition
exhibition

What’s in a name?

Looking for Londoners space, Museum of London 25.03.16 – 5.09.16
This display of personal and household items has been brought together to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Items on display include a tennis ball, a watering pot, an ink-horn, posy ring and a pouncet-box. Each object is placed into the context of the time, directly referring to a quote from one of Shakespeare’s plays.
6.09.16
exhibition
exhibition

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

The British Library 15.04.16 – 6.09.16
A landmark exhibition on the performances that made an icon, charting Shakespeare’s constant reinvention across the centuries. Over 200 unique and rare items such as the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand.
10.09.16
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performance

Welsh National Opera presents: Verdi’s Macbeth

Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Cymru, Llandudno 10.09.16 – 23.11.16
Verdi described Shakespeare’s play as ‘one of mankind’s greatest creations’ and his opera is fittingly brooding as we witness Macbeth falling from hero to troubled tyrant. Co-production with Northern Ireland Opera.
15.09.16
talk
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Shakespeare and the Digital World: When scholarship meets global capitalism

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 15.09.16, 6.30pm
Based on the book Shakespeare and the Digital world: Redefining Scholarship and Practice Christie Carson scrutinises her own work to illustrate the importance of speculating about the future.
16.09.16
performance
performance

Tchaikowsky’s The Merchant of Venice

London (Royal Opera House), Cardiff, Bristol,, Southampton, Birmingham, Llandudno 16.09.16 – 22.11.16
Welsh National Opera presents the UK première of André Tchaikowsky’s powerful adaptation, combining Shakespeare’s drama and themes about prejudice with some beautiful music.
17.09.16
talk
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Keynote: The Genius of Shakespeare

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House 17.09.16, 6.30pm
This Keynote lecture will offer a personal response to the sources of Shakespeare’s verbal power and his rhetorical techniques from one of the world’s foremost Shakespearians, Professor Stanley Wells.
18.09.16
performance
performance

Read Not Dead: Sejanus His Fall by Ben Jonson

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 18.09.16, 4.00pm
The Machiavellian Sejanus' thirst for revenge causes a rift in court that threatens to bring down the state. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
23.09.16
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performance

Music from the time of Shakespeare

St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle 23.09.16, 7.30pm
In the atmospheric setting of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, enjoy a performance of music from the age of Shakespeare given by students from the Royal College of Music.
28.09.16
screening
screening

Cymbeline - broadcast live

Various locations across the country 28.09.16, 7.00pm
Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him.
29.09.16
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performance

Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate

Cardiff, Liverpool, Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, Birmingham, Llandudno 29.09.16 – 10.12.16
Cole Porter’s comic musical charts the opening of a musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew as backstage romances, intrigues and interjections by gangsters, threaten to bring the curtain down. Co-production with Opera North
29.09.16
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1616: the secrets and passions of William Shakespeare

Windsor Castle 29.09.16, 7.00pm
In the historic setting of the medieval Vicars’ Hall in Windsor Castle, enjoy a moving and a humorous tribute to the man behind the cultural icon. Critically acclaimed writer and actor Gareth Somers performs his new one-man play, which portrays William Shakespeare in the last year of his life.
2.10.16
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Read Not Dead: Back By Popular Demand

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 2.10.16, 4.00pm
The plays for this year’s Back By Popular Demand honour the 400th anniversary of Philip Henslowe’s death. One of the many plays staged at the Rose will be re-created script in hand by Globe actors.
12.10.16
screening
screening

King Lear - broadcast live

Various locations across the country 12.10.16, 7.00pm
Antony Sher plays King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare in this, one of Shakespeare’s most epic and powerful plays.
23.10.16
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Read Not Dead: The Scornful Lady by Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher

Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, London 23.10.16, 3.00pm
In the beautiful setting of Gray’s Inn Hall and during the anniversary year of Beaumont’s death, Globe actors present a stage reading of this comedy that enjoyed numerous revivals in the 18th century.
10.11.16
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talk

Cervantes' Influence on the English Stage

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe 10.11.16, 7.00pm
Delivered in association with the Instituto Cervantes Londres and illustrated by Globe actors, this lecture celebrates the influence Cervantes' works had on 17th century English theatre.
13.11.16
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performance

Read Not Dead: The Coxcomb by Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher

Venue TBC - Please see website for updates 13.11.16, 4.00pm
We conclude our 1616 celebrations of Cervantes' influence on English drama with this witty and raucously funny play inspired by Don Quixote. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
20.11.16
exhibition
exhibition

Visscher Redrawn: 1616-2016

Guildhall Art Gallery 20.02.16 – 20.11.16
Published in the year of Shakespeare’s death, Visscher’s cityscape is an iconic depiction of medieval London and is displayed alongside artist Robin Reynolds' version of modern London.
1.12.16
conference
talk
conference
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Cultures of Mortality: Death on the Shakespearean Stage

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe 1.12.16 – 3.12.16
How did dramatists such as Shakespeare, Beaumont and Henslowe explore rituals of dying and the experience of loss on the early modern stage during a time when England was in mourning for Prince Henry.
4.12.16
performance
performance

Read Not Dead: The White Devil by John Webster

TBC - please see website for updates 4.12.16, 4.00pm
Complementing our Cultures of Mortality Conference, Webster’s play is a tragedy of murder and sexual intrigue, greed and ambition. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
1.01.17
exhibition
exhibition

Shakespeare in the Royal Library

Windsor Castle 13.02.16 – 1.01.17
Celebrating Shakespeare’s longstanding association with the town of Windsor and the royal court, the exhibition will show how generations of monarchs since Elizabeth I have enjoyed the work of Britain’s greatest playwright.

Event Archive

29.05.16
exhibition
exhibition

Henslowe’s Rose: Theatrical Treasure from Dulwich College

Globe Exhibition 11.05.16 – 29.05.16
In association with Dulwich College, Globe Exhibition displays gifts from Edward Alleyn, Philip Henslowe’s son-in-law, that give unique insight into the man and the Rose playhouse that he ran.
29.05.16
exhibition
exhibition

By me William Shakespeare: A life in writing

Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing 3.02.16 – 29.05.16
A once-in-a-generation exhibition of nine carefully selected documents relating to Shakespeare’s life, including his will, and a digital installation from 59 Productions. The exhibition is presented by King’s College London and The National Archives.
26.05.16
performance
talk
performance
talk

Henslowe’s Diary: Original Pronunciation

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 26.05.16, 7.00pm
Professor David Crystal OBE marks the 400th anniversary of Henslowe’s death by exploring his diary in original pronunciation with the support of Ben Crystal’s Passion in Practice theatre company.
25.05.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare in London a Talk with Prof Stanley Wells

St Botolph’s Hall, Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TL 25.05.16, 12.15pm
Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor Stanley Wells, examines the Bard’s professional and personal links with the capital.
25.05.16
talk
talk

Digging Shakespeare’s Shoreditch: Excavating London’s First Theatreland

St Botolph’s Hall, Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TL 25.05.16, 6.15pm
Excavations of Shakespearean playhouses reveal fascinating stories about acting, theatres and theatregoing in the 16th and 17th centuries. Hear what new tales archaeology has revealed.
25.05.16
talk
talk

Researching, revering and selling Shakespeare

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 25.05.16, 6.30pm
This presentation will draw on the discussion of the very public debate over the Library’s proposed sale of a set of Shakespeare folios in 2013 and the figure of Shakespeare to explore the conflicted function of libraries today.
22.05.16
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talk
performance
talk

Celebrate Shakespeare’s Story in Bankside

Various locations in Bankside 22.04.16 – 22.05.16
Home to Shakespeare’s Globe, The Rose, Southwark Cathedral, and The George Inn, Bankside will celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy in the area with a series of walks, theatre and themed menus.
22.05.16
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Original Pronunciation: Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 22.05.16, 4.00pm
Ben Crystal’s company, Passion in Practice, present a staged reading of Dr Faustus in Original Pronunciation followed by a Q & A with Ben, the cast and Professor David Crystal OBE.
21.05.16
conference
talk
conference
talk

Symposium: Henslowe’s Rose

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe 21.05.16, 10.00am
Leading international theatre scholars and archaeologists mark the anniversary of Henslowe’s death by sharing the latest discoveries on the theatre which staged plays by Shakespeare and Henslowe.
21.05.16
performance
performance

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation

Barbican Theatre 17.05.16 – 21.05.16
Part of a nationwide tour, this production combines eighteen RSC professional actors and fourteen amateur theatre companies from around the UK, selected to play Bottom and the Mechanicals.
20.05.16
performance
talk
performance
talk

Shakespeare’s Southwark - Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral 20.05.16, 10.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
19.05.16
talk
talk

The Paradox of Shakespeare’s London

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 19.05.16, 6.30pm
London was the centre of Shakespeare’s world, where he lived and worked and the setting for many of his plays. But what was it like?Come and explore this strange and fascinating place and hear the voices of tourists and travellers who were amazed, baffled and delighted by the city.
19.05.16
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talk

The Very Theatrical Death of Theatre Entrepreneur Philip Henslowe in 1616

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe 19.05.16, 7.00pm
Prof Grace Ioppolo will look at the controversial events of Henslowe’s deathbed on 6 January 1616 that demonstrate the wide-ranging cultural power and financial success of theatre in Shakespeare’s England.
14.05.16
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performance
talk

The Curtain and Crime: Rogues and Villains of Elizabethan Theatre, Walk

Start point: The Stage archaeology space, Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN 14.05.16, 6.30pm
Crime, roguishness, Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre, its players and the Shoreditch theatrical scene are brought to life in this walking tour with writer Jon Kaneko-James.
13.05.16
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performance
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Shakespeare’s Southwark - Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral 13.05.16, 11.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
13.05.16
talk
talk

Playing the Curtain a Talk with Dr Lucy Munro

Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London, N1 7ED 13.05.16, 12.15pm
This talk explores highlights of the Curtain Theatre, one of the most enduring theatres in Elizabethan London, from Shakespeare’s romantic comedies to lost plays like Henry the Unable.
12.05.16
performance
performance

Ex Cathedra: Shakespeare Odes

Milton Court Concert Hall 12.05.16, 7.30pm
A staged, period-instrument performance of Arne’s Garrick Ode and a new Ode written by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and composed by Sally Beamish for Ex Cathedra, children’s choir and a ‘broken consort’ of instruments that Shakespeare would recognise.
11.05.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare’s Common Prayers

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 11.05.16, 6.30pm
This talk will explore how Shakespeare adapted, stole, and metamorphosed The Book of Common Prayer.
10.05.16
talk
talk

Editing Shakespeare

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 10.05.16, 6.30pm
This talk considers how Shakespeare’s text has evolved over the last 400 years, examining theories about the purpose of editing and narratives about the origin of Shakespeare’s text and how its transmission into print vary over time.
10.05.16
exhibition
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exhibition
talk

Shakespeare in the Royal Library - Lecture

Windsor Castle 10.05.16, 6.30pm
The Royal Library holds Charles I’s annotated copy of Shakespeare’s works and unique records of performances and works of art. Join Librarian and Assistant Keeper of the Queen’s Archive, Oliver Urquhart Irvine, for an introduction to the Shakespeare exhibition at Windsor Castle, followed by a private view and a complimentary glass of wine.
8.05.16
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Multilingual Shakespeare Mash-Up

King’s College London, Anatomy Museum, Stand Campus 8.05.16, 3.00pm
Join us as we build a Tower of Babel using live performance and multimedia scenes adapted or translated from The Merchant of Venice, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Henry V.
7.05.16
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performance

London Concertante – Vivaldi Four Seasons

Southwark Cathedral 7.05.16, 7.30pm
A fabulous programme with works by Vivaldi, Mozart and Bach alongside works to mark the Shakespeare400 season - Purcell’s Fairy Queen Suite and two pieces by William Walton featured in the classic film of Henry V
6.05.16
performance
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performance
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Shakespeare’s Southwark - Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral 6.05.16, 11.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
6.05.16
talk
talk

Eating and Drinking in Shakespeare’s Theatreland: the Archaeology of Entertainment

6.05.16, 6.15pm
Smoking, drinking - a trip to the theatre in Shakespearean London. This talk looks at the latest archaeological evidence for the entertainment in Shakespeare’s time, throwing new light on theatre.
5.05.16
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performance
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Shoreditch: a Shakespearean Suburb? Walk with Senior Archaeologist Julian Bowsher

Start point: The Stage archaeology space, Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN 5.05.16, 2.00pm
Wander through Shakespeare’s Shoreditch visiting the famous playhouses taverns and “entertainments” frequented by leading playwrights and actors of the day.
5.05.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare, Language and the Elizabethan Mind with Actor and Author Ben Crystal

St Botolph’s Hall, Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TL 5.05.16, 6.15pm
Dive into the hearts, minds, ears and words of Shakespeare’s world, with actor Ben Crystal, to find out what it was like going to the theatre in Shakespeare’s time.
3.05.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare in 1916: the First World War and the Origins of Global Shakespeare

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 3.05.16, 6.30pm
Professor Gordon McMullan will reflect on the intersection of the Shakespeare Tercentenary and the First World War.
2.05.16
exhibition
exhibition

Shakespeare Revisitied: Portraits of contemporary authors re-telling Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Globe 20.04.16 – 2.05.16
In association with publisher Random House, artist Ralph Heimans has produced a series of portraits of celebrated authors who have been commissioned to rewire a Shakespeare play in prose as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations.
1.05.16
screening
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screening
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Macbeth - Online streaming

Online via Black Theatre Live & Tara Arts 25.04.16 – 1.05.16
Streaming the hit 2015 production of Tara Arts' Macbeth. From Monday 25 April you will be able to watch the show FREE online until Sunday 1 May. ★★★★ The Stage
1.05.16
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performance

Kings of War

Barbican Theatre 22.04.16 – 1.05.16
Shakespeare’s Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III became modern-day political leaders, all their fates unfolding in this single, radical adaptation.
30.04.16
conference
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conference
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Shakespeare and Modernism Symposium

The Pit, Barbican 30.04.16, 10.00am
This one-day symposium explores the relationship between modernist thinking, scenography, art and literature in the early to mid-twentieth century, posing questions about modernism’s legacy for Shakespeare production and scholarship today.
30.04.16
exhibition
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exhibition
performance

Dig Shakespeare: archaeology and theatre family workshops

The Stage archaeology space, Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN 30.04.16, 10.00am
Pop into The Stage archaeology space and try your hand at being an archaeologist for the day or take part in theatrical workshops with The Malachites, Shoreditch’s Shakespeare company.
30.04.16
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performance
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Shakespeare’s London guided walk

Museum of London 30.04.16, 11.00am
Explore Shakespeare’s London with an expert Museum of London guide. From his Silver Street home to picturesque settings you'll recognise from film, you'll visit riverside theatreland and the City streets that inspired his plays.
30.04.16
performance
performance

Shakespeare400 Finale

Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall 30.04.16, 9.45pm
In a rousing finale to our Shakespeare celebrations, the Royal College of Music Big Band performs Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder, based on the work of William Shakespeare.
29.04.16
performance
performance

Measure For Measure

The Rose Playhouse, Bankside 10.05.16 – 29.04.16
After the success of their first production RECKLESS - Heady Conduct bring Shakespeare’s dramatic comedy Measure For Measure to The Rose Playhouse, using their distinct mix of style and originality, utilising the genius of Shakespeare’s writing to maximum effect. 
29.04.16
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performance

Much Ado About Nothing

The Rose Playhouse, Bankside 5.04.16 – 29.04.16
June 1945. The war in Europe is over. Benedick and his younger friend Claudio have returned, eager to lose themselves in partying the summer away. But a very different kind of battle is brewing, and this time their foes are Beatrice and Hero. Our two soldiers are clueless when it comes to affairs of the heart, and victory is no longer assured.
29.04.16
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performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon 29.04.16, 7.30pm
Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry V in Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, with the tomb of Shakespeare himself forming a magnificent backdrop to the production.
28.04.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare’s London/Beaumont’s London

Guildhall Library 28.04.16, 6.00pm
This talk, by Dr Lucy Munro, explores alternative views of London through the works of Francis Beaumont who - like Shakespeare - died in 1616 and whose play The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a hilarious parody of different ways of writing about the city.
28.04.16
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talk
performance
talk

The Curtain and Crime: Rogues and Villains of Elizabethan Theatre Walk

Start point: The Stage archaeology space, Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN 28.04.16, 6.30pm
Crime, roguishness, Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre the Shoreditch scene are brought to life in this walking tour with writer Jon Kaneko-James.
28.04.16
performance
performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Worcester Cathedral 28.04.16, 7.30pm
Performed by a combined cast of British and French actors, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Worcester Cathedral.
27.04.16
performance
performance

Malvolio’s Misorder: A site-specific performance at the V&A

Britain 1500 - 1760, Victoria and Albert Museum 13.04.16 – 27.04.16
Join characters from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night for this fun, promenade performance, specially commissioned for the V&A’s historic 1500-1760 Galleries, and featuring famous items from the V&A collections.
27.04.16
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performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Gloucester Cathedral 27.04.16, 7.30pm
Performed by a combined cast of British and French actors, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Gloucester Cathedral.
26.04.16
performance
performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Bristol Cathedral 25.04.16 – 26.04.16
Performed by a combined cast of British and French actors, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Bristol Cathedral.
26.04.16
talk
talk

Metamorphosis of a Library: collecting Shakespeare at the University of London

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 26.04.16, 6.30pm
This talk traces how, from inauspicious beginnings, the University Library came to boast early Shakespeare holdings as a major strength.
25.04.16
talk
talk

Shakespearean Performance in Modern London: Discussions and Performances on the Shakespeare in Modern Theatre

The Rose Theatre, 56 Park St, Southwark, London SE1 9AR 25.04.16, 7.30pm
Leading directors in the theatre world punctuate this presentation on recent productions of Shakespeare plays and their relevance to modern London life.
24.04.16
exhibition
screening
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exhibition
screening
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The Complete Walk

South Bank 23.04.16 – 24.04.16
Discover Shakespeare’s work with our free, interactive walk. 37 specially-made short films, starring the UK’s best actors and shot in worldwide locations, will be screened along a 2.5 mile stretch between Westminster and Tower Bridge.
24.04.16
performance
performance

Live Canon’s 154: A Poetry Marathon

National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum 24.04.16, 10.30am
In this remarkable seven hour poetry marathon, the Live Canon ensemble will launch a new publication of poems by 154 contemporary poets, each responding to one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets.
24.04.16
screening
screening

Screening from the National Video Archive of Performance: Macbeth

Seminar Room 3, Victoria and Albert Museum 24.04.16, 4.00pm
Join us for a free screening of Macbeth, recorded at the Trafalgar Studios in April 2013 for the National Video Archive of Performance, starring James McAvoy, directed by Jamie Lloyd.
24.04.16
performance
talk
performance
talk

Queen Lear

Seminar Room 3, Victoria and Albert Museum 24.04.16, 4.00pm
Join award-winning director Phil Willmott and actress Ursula Mohan, for a conversation and performance that examines Lear’s troubling play, as told from the point of view of a woman.
23.04.16
performance
performance

Pop-up Performance: Magical Mayhem

Victoria and Albert Museum 23.04.16, 11.00am
Join the magical minions serving the Fairy Queen and make delightful music and dance in the enchanted forest. Recommended for ages 5+
23.04.16
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performance
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Shoreditch: a Shakespearean Suburb? Walk with Senior Archaeologist Julian Bowsher

Starting point: The Stage archaeology space, Hewett Street, EC2A 3NN 23.04.16, 2.00pm
Wander through Shakespeare’s Shoreditch, visiting the famous playhouses taverns and “entertainments” frequented by leading playwrights and actors of the day.
23.04.16
performance
talk
performance
talk

Find Me a Publisher

Southwark Cathedral 23.04.16, 2.00pm
Join comedian Arthur Smith as he reveals the truth about Shakespeare’s first publishers. Arthur will be joined by Jane and Rick Jones who perform lute songs from some of Shakespeare’s plays.
23.04.16
performance
performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Sherborne Abbey, Dorset 23.04.16, 7.30pm
On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Sherborne Abbey, Dorset.
23.04.16
performance
performance

Late at the Library: World Book Night Celebrates Shakespeare

The British Library 23.04.16, 7.30pm
It’s World Book Night and Shakespeare’s birthday, celebrate at the British Library. The date also marks the 400th anniversary of his death. Visit for a night of festivities in honour of our greatest writer.
23.04.16
performance
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Anniversary Gala Concert

Royal Festival Hall 23.04.16, 7.30pm
In a special gala marking the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death, join the London Philharmonic Orchestra in music interspersed with readings from the plays that inspired them, directed by Simon Callow.
22.04.16
performance
performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Salisbury Cathedral 21.04.16 – 22.04.16
Performed by a combined cast of British and French actors, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Salisbury Cathedral.
22.04.16
performance
performance

Much Ado About Nothing - Midnight Matinee

The Rose Playhouse, Bankside 22.04.16, 12.00am
A special Midnight Matinee of Much Ado About Nothing to mark exactly 400 years since Shakespeare took his last breath. This will therefore be the first production on Bankside to take place on the date of his death.
22.04.16
conference
talk
conference
talk

Symposium on Intercultural Performance: Hamlet

Nancy Knowles Lecture Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe 22.04.16, 9.30am
Coinciding with the return to London of Shakespeare’s Globe’s world tour of Hamlet, this symposium celebrates the range and diversity of Shakespeare intercultural performance and its critical implications.
22.04.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare at the NT: The Beginnings

National Theatre 22.04.16, 10.00am
Ailsa Grant Ferguson of the University of Brighton explores the early history of the National Theatre, and the key influence of Shakespeare’s works as part of that.
22.04.16
conference
conference

Shakespeare 400 at the V&A

Victoria and Albert Museum 22.04.16, 10.30am
A festival of art, poetry, music and on-stage discussions devoted to Shakespeare’s final, and most magical play, The Tempest.
22.04.16
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performance
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Shakespeare’s Southwark Guided Walk

Southwark Cathedral & Bankside 22.04.16, 11.00am
Southwark Cathedral invites you to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 with fascinating, informative and revealing tours of Bankside and the Southwark Church that he and his actor friends knew so well.
22.04.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare at the NT: The 20th Century

National Theatre 22.04.16, 12.00pm
Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story, explores a series of landmark productions at the National Theatre, illuminating the work of directors and actors.
22.04.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare at the NT: The 21st Century

National Theatre 22.04.16, 2.30pm
Nicholas Hytner, former Director of the National Theatre talks to Abigail Rokison-Woodall about his enormous contribution to the history of Shakespeare at the National Theatre.
22.04.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare at the NT: Writer For Today

National Theatre 22.04.16, 6.00pm
Alongside film clips from the BBC’s The Hollow Crown, a discussion on the idea of Shakespeare as our contemporary, with Dominic Cooke and Ben Power (recent collaborators on the series).
22.04.16
performance
performance

Plagues, Plays and Prostitutes

National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum 22.04.16, 7.00pm
Join acclaimed storyteller Seema Anand on a journey of stories about the trials and tribulations of Shakespeare’s audiences – dying to go the theatre!
22.04.16
screening
screening

Flytower Film projection of Olivier’s Henry V

National Theatre 22.04.16, 8.00pm
The National’s Flytower becomes an outdoor cinema, showing the film that earned the NT’s first Director, Laurence Olivier, a special Academy Award for outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director.
21.04.16
talk
talk

Gallery Talk: Celebrating Shakespeare

Victoria and Albert Museum 21.04.16, 1.00pm
In the week that marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the world’s most famous playwright this talk will explore Shakespeare’s legacy through the V&A’s Theatre & Performance Collections.
20.04.16
talk
talk

The Web of Our Life: Shakespeare and Migration

National Theatre 20.04.16, 3.00pm
Actor Lenny Henry, who played Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at the NT, explores the themes of migration and exile in Shakespeare’s play with journalist George Alagiah.
20.04.16
talk
talk

The Web of Our Life: Shakespeare and Family

National Theatre 20.04.16, 5.45pm
Actor Clare Higgins, who played the role of Gertrude in Hamlet at the NT in 2010, explores the themes of family and gender in Shakespeare’s play with writer Julie Myerson.
20.04.16
talk
talk

From The Mad Wedding to Queen Lear: Remaking Shakespeare in Dutch, 1654–2015

Dr Seng Tee Lee Conference Room, Senate House Library 20.04.16, 6.30pm
This talk examines the ways in which Shakespeare has been re-imagined in Dutch, looking at how translators and adaptors have responded to the political issues in his plays.
20.04.16
performance
performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Christchurch Priory, Dorset 20.04.16, 7.30pm
Performed by a combined cast of British and French actors, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Christchurch Priory, Dorset.
19.04.16
performance
performance

Henry V from Antic Disposition

Winchester Cathedral 18.04.16 – 19.04.16
Performed by a combined cast of British and French actors, award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V in Winchester Cathedral.
19.04.16
talk
talk

The Web of Our Life: Shakespeare and Old Age

National Theatre 19.04.16, 5.45pm
Actor Simon Russell Beale, who played King Lear in 2014 at the NT, explores how the themes of memory and ageing are explored in Shakespeare’s play with Prof Simon Lovestone.
18.04.16
exhibition
exhibition

5 Hamlets

National Theatre 18.04.16, 10.00am
A new, free exhibition from the National Theatre Archive, featuring recordings, props, designs, costume and more from the NT’s five main-stage productions of Hamlet.
18.04.16
talk
talk

Henry V, the Curtain, Shakespeare and the Manipulation of History

Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road, London, N1 7ED 18.04.16, 6.15pm
An exploration of the real life events of the Agincourt campaign and Shakespeare’s most resilient play, Henry V, set against the tumultuous political events of the day.
17.04.16
performance
talk
performance
talk

Globe to Globe: Hamlet World Tour

Seminar Room 3, Victoria and Albert Museum 17.04.16, 3.00pm
Globe to Globe is a unique, unprecedented world-tour of Hamlet by Shakespeare’s Globe. Join us to hear about this extraordinary show, and the adventures the company had along the way.
17.04.16
performance
performance

Read Not Dead: The Devil is an Ass by Ben Jonson

Sackler Studios, Shakespeare’s Globe 17.04.16, 4.00pm
Set in the vice ridden world of early Jacobean London, Jonson’s dark comedy follows the young demon, Pug, as he carries out Satan’s work. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
16.04.16
performance
conference
performance
conference

Shakespeare’s Musical Brain Conference

The Great Hall, King’s College London 16.04.16, 10.00am
The conference will consider the relationship between words and music in aesthetic and scientific terms, and how it affects the relationship between actor and audience then as now.
16.04.16
exhibition
talk
exhibition
talk

Shakespeare’s London Archaeological Archive tour

Museum of London Archive, Hackney 16.04.16, 11.00am
Bear bones, stage effects and the original box office smash. Delve into the world of Shakespeare and handle artefacts discovered at London’s Elizabethan theatres. This engaging tour of rarely-seen artefacts lasts for 90 minutes.
16.04.16
performance
talk
performance
talk

Shakespeare’s London guided walk

Museum of London 16.04.16, 11.00am
Explore Shakespeare’s London with an expert Museum of London guide. From his Silver Street home to picturesque settings you'll recognise from film, you'll visit riverside theatreland and the City streets that inspired his plays.
16.04.16
exhibition
talk
exhibition
talk

Shakespeare’s London Archaeological Archive tour

Museum of London Archive, Hackney 16.04.16, 1.30pm
Bear bones, stage effects and the original box office smash. Delve into the world of Shakespeare and handle artefacts discovered at London’s Elizabethan theatres. This engaging tour of rarely-seen artefacts lasts for 90 minutes.
15.04.16
talk
talk

Think You Know Romeo and Juliet?

Royal Festival Hall 15.04.16, 6.00pm
Think you know Romeo and Juliet? Professor Gordon McMullan, academic director of Shakespeare400, will address some of the myths around the story and will show just how different the play can be.
15.04.16
talk
talk

Keynote: Shakespeare 1616-2116

Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House 15.04.16, 6.30pm
How did Shakespeare get from there (the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage) to here (the global icon) and where will he go in the next hundred years?
15.04.16
performance
performance

Romeo and Juliet

Royal Festival Hall 15.04.16, 7.30pm
Witness the ground-shaking depiction of Shakespeare’s Montagues and Capulets, and the young love that blossomed out of hatred as the London Philharmonic Orchestra performs excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, conducted by Jaime Martín.
12.04.16
talk
talk

Shakespeare in Print

Guildhall Library 12.04.16, 1.00pm
Dr. Peter Ross (Guildhall Library Principal Librarian) will look at the various books printed at the time of Shakespeare’s First Folio, the plays and the play-writes. Includes a look at the First Folio.
11.04.16
talk
talk

The Early Modern Theatrical Scene in London, in Conversation with Prof Duncan Salkeld and Dr Andy Kesson

The Rose Theatre, 56 Park St, Southwark, London SE1 9AR 11.04.16, 7.30pm
A discussion, debate, and Q&A session on the place of theatre in Elizabethan culture and its nature, with leading academics from Roehampton and Chichester.
10.04.16
screening
screening

Shakespeare on the Silent Screen: The Merchant of Venice (Der Kaufmann von Venedig)

Barbican Cinemas 10.04.16, 4.00pm
A series of rare and silent Shakespeare films from the dawn of cinema.
9.04.16
performance
performance

Inspired by Shakespeare (LPO Soundworks)

Royal Festival Hall 9.04.16, 6.00pm
Young musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra Soundworks ensemble join dancers from Quicksilver, Rambert’s youth dance company, to present a collaborative performance piece inspired by Shakespeare’s works.
6.04.16
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Henry V from Antic Disposition

Middle Temple Hall, London 26.03.16 – 6.04.16
Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry V in the spectacular Middle Temple Hall, the very space where Twelfth Night was first staged in 1602.
6.04.16
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Shakespeare’s London guided walk

Museum of London 6.04.16, 11.00am
Explore Shakespeare’s London with an expert Museum of London guide. From his Silver Street home to picturesque settings you'll recognise from film, you'll visit riverside theatreland and the City streets that inspired his plays.
5.04.16
talk
talk

In Search of Shakespeare with BBC Historian Michael Wood

St Botolph’s Hall, Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TL 5.04.16, 12.15pm
Michael Wood, presenter and author discovers Shakespeare’s passion for the plays and poems and discusses his research into the life and works of the elusive playwright.
5.04.16
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talk

The Winter’s Tale – Shakespeare and the Traditions of Indoor Performance

Guildhall Library 5.04.16, 2.00pm
This talk, by Dr Sarah Dustagheer, considers the play’s production at the Blackfriars playhouse, a small candlelit indoor hall that Shakespeare’s company used from 1609.
3.04.16
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performance

The Sam Wanamaker Festival

Globe Theatre 3.04.16, 4.00pm
Students from the UK’s leading drama schools and Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe present scenes by Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (and a jig!)
2.04.16
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Shakespeare’s London Archaeological Archive tour

Museum of London Archive, Hackney 2.04.16, 11.00am
Bear bones, stage effects and the original box office smash. Delve into the world of Shakespeare and handle artefacts discovered at London’s Elizabethan theatres. This engaging tour of rarely-seen artefacts lasts for 90 minutes.
2.04.16
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Tour the Thames: Shakespeare’s London

Boat tour along the Thames 2.04.16, 1.00pm
Take an exclusive trip along the Thames this Easter to visit the London of William Shakespeare by boat. Enjoy stunning city views as you explore Shakespeare’s London from a whole new angle. © Museum of London
2.04.16
exhibition
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exhibition
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Shakespeare’s London Archaeological Archive tour

Museum of London Archive, Hackney 2.04.16, 1.30pm
Bear bones, stage effects and the original box office smash. Delve into the world of Shakespeare and handle artefacts discovered at London’s Elizabethan theatres. This engaging tour of rarely-seen artefacts lasts for 90 minutes.
31.03.16
exhibition
exhibition

Shakespeare and London

City of London Heritage Gallery 9.01.16 – 31.03.16
See the rarely displayed deed for a property in Blackfriars which Shakespeare purchased in 1613, one of only six surviving documents to carry his signature. Displayed alongside Shakespeare’s First Folio.
31.03.16
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talk

Shoreditch: The Earliest London Theatreland a Talk with Archaeologist Julian Bowsher

St Botolph’s Hall, Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TL 31.03.16, 6.15pm
Explore what archaeology reveals about the earliest, and some of the most successful Shakespearean playhouses, in London’s first theatre district, Shoreditch.
27.03.16
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performance

The Reversed Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Pleasance Theatre, Islington 17.03.16 – 27.03.16
Magic, love, and mischief abound in Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy. Performed with the gender of each character switched this new and important re-telling is Dream, but not as you know it.
26.03.16
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Shakespeare’s London guided walk

Museum of London 26.03.16, 11.00am
Explore Shakespeare’s London with an expert Museum of London guide. From his Silver Street home to picturesque settings you'll recognise from film, you'll visit riverside theatreland and the City streets that inspired his plays.
23.03.16
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performance

“Go, make you ready”

Silk Street Theatre, Guildhall School 18.03.16 – 23.03.16
Using the sonnets as springboards, this new, devised piece explores the theatre, acting, passions and politics of Shakespeare’s life. Performed by actors from the Guildhall School, directed by Patsy Rodenburg.
15.03.16
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Shakespeare and the Law Moot

Inner Temple 15.03.16, 6.00pm
Bear witness to a full blown Shakespearean trial of one of Shakespeare’s most important texts on justice, law and mercy: Measure for Measure.
12.03.16
conference
conference

Beaumont400

Guildhall Library and Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London 11.03.16 – 12.03.16
This conference restores Beaumont to the critical limelight and reassess his contributions to Jacobean drama and poetry, and his relationship with his long-time collaborator John Fletcher.
12.03.16
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performance

The Woman Hater

The Chapel, Strand Campus 12.03.16, 7.30pm
Edward’s Boys, an all-boy theatre company comprising students from King Edward VI School, perform Beaumont’s first play 'The Woman Hater' at King’s College London.
9.03.16
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Shakespeare’s London guided walk

Museum Of London 9.03.16, 11.00am
Explore Shakespeare’s London with an expert Museum of London guide. From his Silver Street home to picturesque settings you'll recognise from film, you'll visit riverside theatreland and the City streets that inspired his plays.
6.03.16
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Barbican Weekender: PLAY ON

Barbican Centre 5.03.16 – 6.03.16
Two days as illuminating, boisterous and subversive as Shakespearean drama, we bid you welcome to an activity-packed Barbican Weekender.
6.03.16
screening
screening

Shakespeare on the Silent Screen: Hamlet

Barbican Cinemas 6.03.16, 4.00pm
A series of rare and silent Shakespeare films from the dawn of cinema.
6.03.16
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A Hum About Mine Ears

Barbican Hall 6.03.16, 6.00pm
Shakespeare’s The Tempest is set in new surroundings in this performance of vocalist and composer Clara Sanabras’s new album A Hum About Mine Ears. More than a simple soundtrack to the play, A Hum About Mine Ears takes some of The Tempest’s ideas and themes – loss and retrieval, exile and reunion, relating them to Sanabras’s own experiences as an emigrant.
6.03.16
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Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare

The Pit, Barbican 1.03.16 – 6.03.16
Forced Entertainment brings you the Complete Works like you’ve never seen it before, each of Shakespeare’s 36 plays condensed and presented on a tabletop using a cast of everyday objects.
5.03.16
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Junior Guildhall concert: Romeo and Juliet

Milton Court Concert Hall 5.03.16, 5.30pm
Few pieces of music can rival the sheer drama of Prokofiev’s ballet score for Romeo and Juliet. Junior Guildhall performs excerpts from this master work, interspersed with scenes from the play.
5.03.16
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Ophelia Dances

Royal Festival Hall 5.03.16, 6.00pm
Musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme present a feast of chamber music celebrating Shakespeare’s life and works.
4.03.16
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Shakespeare Son et Lumiere

The Dance Porch of Guildhall, City of London Corporation 4.03.16, 6.45pm
See Guildhall illuminated with extraordinary effect, accompanied by compositions from Guildhall School of Music & Drama, to celebrate the City’s collections of Shakespeare. Visit Guildhall Art Gallery late for exciting Shakespeare exhibitions.
28.02.16
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LSO Discovery Day: Berlioz & Shakespeare

Barbican & LSO St Luke’s 28.02.16, 10.00am
A morning watching Gianandrea Noseda rehearsing Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet suite with the LSO at the Barbican, followed by an afternoon of chamber music and talks at LSO St Luke’s.
28.02.16
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performance

LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists

Barbican Hall 28.02.16, 5.30pm
Guildhall School musicians perform a free concert of songs based on Shakespeare texts, including Korngold’s Nine Shakespeare Songs, Op. 29 & Op. 31 and R. Strauss Drei Ophelia Lieder, Op. 67.
28.02.16
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Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet

Barbican Hall 28.02.16, 7.00pm
Gianandrea Noseda guides the LSO through a performance of Berlioz’s magnum opus the Romeo and Juliet Suite inspired by Shakespeare’s tale of two star-crossed lovers.
26.02.16
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performance

Free Friday Lunchtime Concert: Shakespeare 400

LSO St Luke’s 26.02.16, 12.30pm
A free Friday Lunchtime concert at LSO St Luke’s featuring music and words celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare with presenter Rachel Leach.
26.02.16
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The Macbeths

Royal Festival Hall 26.02.16, 6.00pm
Dr Lucy Munro of King’s College London will be joined by actors and musicians to explore two landmark productions of Macbeth through visual material, performed extracts and music.
26.02.16
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Macbeth

Royal Festival Hall 26.02.16, 7.30pm
Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its Principal Guest Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, as madness and corruption dramatically unfolds in a performance of Richard Strauss’s musical adaptation of Macbeth.
25.02.16

On Shakespeare’s Sonnets

25.02.16, 12.00pm
In the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death, the Sonnets have invited imitation, homage, critique, parody and pastiche. These new poems probe our relationship to the Sonnets' intricate form and ambitious scope, their investigation of sexuality, wit, memory and poetic survival. Hardback, 112 pages. Available now.
25.02.16
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Strauss: Macbeth

Barbican Hall 25.02.16, 7.30pm
Gianandrea Noseda leads the LSO through a programme of works inspired by Shakespeare’s histories and tragedies, including Smetana’s Richard IIl,Tchaikovsky’s fantasy-overture Romeo and Juliet and Strauss’ dramatic Macbeth.
16.02.16
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Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Barbican Hall 16.02.16, 7.30pm
Sir John Eliot Gardiner will lead the LSO and his Monteverdi Choir in a performance of Mendelssohn’s incidental music to Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
14.02.16
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Still Shakespeare

Council Room, King’s College London, Strand Campus 13.02.16 – 14.02.16
Still Shakespeare is a slate of five artists’ short animated films. Developed in partnership with London Shakespeare Centre at Kings College London, animation company Film Club at Th1ng and Sherbet.
14.02.16

Shakespeare’s Sister Rehearsed Reading by Emma Whipday

King’s College London, Strand Campus 14.02.16, 3.00pm
A staged reading of a new play by Emma Whipday imagining the problems that would face a woman playwright in Shakespeare’s London, marking publication of the play by Samuel French
14.02.16
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David Scott Kastan: Shakespeare’s Will

King’s College London 14.02.16, 6.00pm
A lecture by renowned Shakespearean and Yale Professor Kastan reflecting on the materials in the 'By Me William Shakespeare' exhibition.
14.02.16
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King’s Shakespeare Festival

Strand Campus, King’s College London 11.02.16 – 14.02.16
A weekend Festival celebrating all things Shakespeare, to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death. Featuring talks, performances, screenings and much more. Full programme details to follow soon...
14.02.16
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Simon Russell Beale In Conversation

King’s College London, Strand Campus 14.02.16, 7.30pm
Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale talks to Sonia Massai, professor of Shakespeare Studies at King’s, about his career so far, the challenges of playing Shakespeare’s most famous characters, and his love of the text.
13.02.16
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Domestic Shakespeare: A Lecture and Performance Workshop

King’s College London, Strand Campus 13.02.16, 1.00pm
A lecture by Lena Cowen Orlin, followed by an exploration by professional actors and King’s academics of the glimpses we see of Shakespeare’s life through the brief records he left behind.
13.02.16
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Making Hamlet New

King’s College London, Strand Campus 13.02.16, 4.00pm
Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor describe the critical reception their original edition of Hamlet provoked. Their talk will be illustrated by actors performing excerpts from the play in its various texts.
13.02.16
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States of mind: Tom O’Bedlam and Early Modern Attitudes to Mental Health

King’s College London, Strand Campus 13.02.16, 5.00pm
A multidisciplinary reflection on the character Tom O’Bedlam in song, drama, history and lived experience.
13.02.16
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Marjorie Garber: Desperately Seeking Shakespeare

King’s College London, Strand Campus 13.02.16, 7.00pm
Renowned Shakespeare scholar Marjorie Garber (Harvard University) talks about the quest to find something about Shakespeare that would explain his astonishing accomplishment.
13.02.16
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I love a ballad' - Shakespeare Songs in the 19th Century

King’s College London, Strand Campus 13.02.16, 8.00pm
Oskar Cox Jensen will be discussing the subject of Shakespeare and Song in the 18th and 19th centuries, accompanied by expert performers in historical practice from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
12.02.16
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Remembering and Forgetting in 1916: the Shakespeare Tercentenary and the First World War

King’s College London, Strand Campus 12.02.16, 5.00pm
A lecture by Professor Gordon McMullan, Director of the London Shakespeare Centre.
12.02.16
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Shakespeare’s Windsor

Royal Festival Hall 12.02.16, 6.00pm
Oliver Urquhart Irvine, Royal Librarian, discusses Shakespeare in the Royal Collections at Windsor, while Sonia Massai, Professor of English, King’s College London, explores global adaptations of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
12.02.16
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Digital Shakespeare: A talk by Jonathan Hope

King’s College London, Strand Campus 12.02.16, 6.00pm
An intriguing talk by Jonathan Hope of Strathclyde University, looking at how we analyse Shakespeare in the Digital Age.
12.02.16
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James Shapiro: The Year of Shakespeare: The Writing Life

King’s College London, Strand Campus 12.02.16, 7.30pm
A Q&A with James Shapiro of Columbia University, in conversation with Gordon McMullan.
12.02.16
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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Royal Festival Hall 12.02.16, 7.30pm
Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Osmo Vänskä conducts Nicolai’s rousing and tuneful Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor –invoking the larger-than-life characters of Windsor in Shakespeare’s comical play.
11.02.16
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publication

On Shakespeare’s sonnets with the RSL

The Great Hall, King’s College London, Strand Campus 11.02.16, 7.00pm
This evening the RSL celebrate the publication of the anthology, On Shakespeare’s Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration, at King’s. Ten contemporary poets will read and discuss their work. Chaired by scholar Margreta de Grazia.
11.02.16
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A Celebration of Shakespeare in 20th Century Music

King’s College London, Strand Campus 11.02.16, 8.30pm
Ashley Riches and Emma Abbate will perform a selection of Shakespeare songs by various 20th century composers. Combines popular works and lesser-known gems.
10.02.16
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Inspired by Shakespeare: New Horizons

Royal Festival Hall 10.02.16, 5.00pm
GCSE student composers showcase new music that they have written, inspired by Sibelius’s The Tempest. Part of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s New Horizons Education & Community programme.
10.02.16
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Late Works

Royal Festival Hall 10.02.16, 6.00pm
Join a panel of experts who examine the idea of ‘late style’ and its association with the last works of creative minds including Sibelius, Beethoven, and of course, William Shakespeare.
10.02.16
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The Tempest

Royal Festival Hall 10.02.16, 7.30pm
Celebrating 150 years since the birth of the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, Osmo Vänskä conducts his own arrangements of excerpts from the orchestral suites of Sibelius’s rich and imaginative, The Tempest.
7.02.16
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LSO Discovery Family Concert: Play On, Shakespeare!

Barbican Hall 7.02.16, 2.30pm
The LSO presents a Family Concert inspired by Shakespeare performed by the full LSO accompanied by a cast of actors – expect love, war, laughter and magic.
7.02.16
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Read Not Dead: Pandosto: The Triumph of Time by Robert Greene

Sackler Studios, Shakespeare’s Globe 7.02.16, 4.00pm
Pandosto, the novel which inspired The Winter’s Tale, explores the corrosive effect of jealousy on a ruler, his family and his kingdom. Part of the Read Not Dead: 1616 staged reading series.
3.02.16
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Adapting Othello

Royal Festival Hall 3.02.16, 6.00pm
Join Professor Russ McDonald, Goldsmiths, and Professor Clare McManus, University of Roehampton, as they reflect on Othello’s popularity with adaptors and composers, and its influence on perceptions of ethnicity, religion and gender.
3.02.16
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Othello

Royal Festival Hall 3.02.16, 7.30pm
Join the London Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to experience the love, jealousy and other powerful emotions that propel the character’s actions throughout Shakespeare’s timeless play in Dvořák’s Othello.
31.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: Hamlet (2009)

Barbican Cinemas 31.01.16, 2.00pm
Filmed on location in an abandoned seminary in north London, this striking television film captures the essence of Gregory Doran’s 2008 modern-dress staging. Standouts include David Tennant, Patrick Stewart, Penny Downie, Mariah Gale and Oliver Ford Davies.
28.01.16
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BBC Singers: BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

LSO St Luke’s 28.01.16, 1.00pm
England’s great playwright has been an inspiration to many composers. This concert takes us on a tour of Shakespeare settings with origins as far apart as England, Finland and Hungary.
28.01.16
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Free Rush Hour Orchestral Concert from the Southbank Sinfonia

St John’s Waterloo, London 28.01.16, 6.00pm
A free orchestral concert featuring the London premiere of John Barnard’s ‘Overture Shakespearian’ and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Serenade to Music’, which takes its text from 'The Merchant of Venice'.
27.01.16
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Hamlet in Russia

Royal Festival Hall 27.01.16, 6.00pm
Hear parts of Shostakovich’s darkly satirical film score for the Russian director Grigori Kozintsev’s 1964 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. It will be performed by musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Foyle Future Firsts Development Programme.
24.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1996)

Barbican Cinemas 24.01.16, 3.00pm
A richly visual imagining of the play, shot in stylised settings and vivid colours, and presented as if dreamt by a young boy. Based on Adrian Noble’s 1994 staging, this is a triumph of lush design (by Anthony Ward) and immaculate performances.
24.01.16
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exhibition

This Realm, This England

Mezzanine level, Barbican Centre 6.11.15 – 24.01.16
A lighting installation developed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Inspired by the set design for the plays, the installation explores the use of creative stage lighting and projections in the productions.
24.01.16
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King & Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings

Barbican Theatre 12.01.16 – 24.01.16
RSC’s King and Country will see Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V performed in repertoire as a complete four-play cycle. There are four complete cycles of performances of King and Country, bookable only as a four-play season package.
23.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: King Lear (1971)

Barbican Cinemas 23.01.16, 3.00pm
Peter Brook’s vision of the tragedy was filmed in black-and white against the snow-covered landscapes of Denmark’s North Jutland. It divided the critics at the time (Pauline Kael 'hated' it), but its existential drama has a spare grandeur.
22.01.16
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Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet

Barbican Hall 22.01.16, 7.30pm
Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis takes on Berlioz’s complete ‘dramatic symphony’, a re-telling of Shakespeare’s indelible tragedy, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
21.01.16
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James Gilchrist: BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

LSO St Luke’s 21.01.16, 1.00pm
From Arne to Tippett, via Schubert and Vaughan Williams, song composers have responded vividly to Shakespeare’s own lyrical genius. Hear them in all their variety in this meticulously made recital.
19.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: As You Like It (1963)

Barbican Cinemas 19.01.16, 6.00pm
One of the earliest hits for the newly established RSC, Michael Elliott’s sparkling version of Shakespeare’s comedy is still remembered with joy by a generation of theatre-goers.
17.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: Othello (1990)

Barbican Cinemas 17.01.16, 3.00pm
BBC Television’s Theatre Night strand’s powerful version of Trevor Nunn’s 1989 intimate production, originally seen at The Other Place. Features Ian McKellen, Willard White, Imogen Stubbs and Zoe Wanamaker. The setting suggests the American Civil War.
16.01.16
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talk

Royal Shakespeare Company King & Country: Talk Series

Frobisher Auditorium 1, Barbican Centre 14.11.15 – 16.01.16
Join the RSC for a series of talks where we focus on Shakespeare’s portrayals of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Current cast are joined by past notable actors to discuss their personal views on the characters.
14.01.16
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Iestyn Davies: BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

LSO St Luke’s 14.01.16, 1.00pm
Shakespeare-related songs and lute solos by Johnson, Banister, Morley and Purcell, inspired by the great poet-playwright in his 400th anniversary year, performed by countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny.
12.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: The Wars of the Roses – Richard III (1965)

Barbican Cinemas 12.01.16, 6.00pm
Ian Holm’s compelling, chameleon-like King Richard is at the centre of this innovative BBC recording. And, there are wonderful performances also from Janet Suzman (Lady Anne) and Eric Porter (Richmond).
11.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: The Wars of the Roses – Henry VI (1965) + Intro by John Wyver

Barbican Cinemas 11.01.16, 12.00pm
The premiere of a newly restored BBC recording, once thought lost, of the first great RSC History plays cycle. Filmed using innovative techniques on the stage at Stratford-upon-Avon.
11.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: The Wars of the Roses – Edward IV (1965) + Intro by John Wyver

Barbican Cinemas 11.01.16, 3.00pm
The premiere of a newly restored BBC recording, once thought lost, of the first great RSC History plays cycle. Peggy Ashcroft blazes across the screen as Queen Margaret in this brilliant production.
10.01.16
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RSC Shakespeare on Screen: Discussion

Barbican Cinemas 10.01.16, 2.00pm
Discussion introduced by curator John Wyver that explores a wide range of questions about the RSC’s involvement with film and the challenges of translating stage productions to the screen. Panel chaired by Judith Buchanan with current RSC artistic director Gregory Doran.
10.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1959) + Intro by John Wyver

Barbican Cinemas 10.01.16, 4.00pm
Filmed on three cameras for American television in the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon, but seemingly never broadcast, this is a precious and rarely-seen partial record of Peter Hall’s acclaimed staging.
9.01.16
screening
screening

RSC Shakespeare on Screen: Macbeth (1979)

Barbican Cinemas 9.01.16, 3.00pm
Graced by fiercely thoughtful performances from Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, Trevor Nunn’s intense and intimate production, originally staged at The Other Place, was recorded in an almost bare television studio.
7.01.16
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Gould Piano Trio: BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert

LSO St Luke’s 7.01.16, 1.00pm
The members of the Gould Piano Trio perform wordless music inspired by Shakespeare, from composers Schumann, Korngold and Beethoven.
28.12.15
screening
screening

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet

BFI Southbank 1.12.15 – 28.12.15
Baz Luhrmann’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet has teen stars, a killer pop soundtrack and stunning visuals. It is screening 4 times at the BFI this holiday season.