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 April 2016

1 April – 31 May. Shakespeare on Film. BFI Southbank. 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.

2 April. Tour the Thames: Shakespeare’s London. In 2016 London is celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare. Join experts on a boat tour down the Thames, illuminating sites along the river famous for their links to the Bard. 1-4.30pm.Tickets: £38.

2 April.. Shakespeare’s London. Archaeological Archive Tour, Museum of London. 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. 11am – 12.30pm & 1.30-3pm Tickets: £9.

4 April. Post Show Talks: Don Quixote - An informal way of finding out more about the production, the actor's process and what it's like to work for the RSC. Talkbacks take place onstage in the theatre auditorium after the performance, and are free. Swan Theatre.

5 April. The Winter’s Tale – Shakespeare and the Traditions of Indoor Performance. Guildhall Library, London. At the end of The Winter’s Tale (1611), Shakespeare stages a theatrical miracle: a statue comes to life and a wife and mother is restored to her family. 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. And what, if anything, do recent productions of The Winter’s Tale at the Garrick Theatre (directed by Kenneth Branagh) and at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (directed by Michael Longhurst) reveal about the wonder of this final scene? 14:00. Free event.

9 April. International Study of New Place with Paul Edmondson and the archaeologists who led the dig from 2010 to 2015. 10.00 - 4.30pm.

10 April. Shakespeare on the Silent Screen: The Merchant of Venice (Der Kaufmann von Venedig). Cinema 1. Shot on location in Venice, Peter Paul Felner’s adaptation of The Merchant of Venice is an expensive and sumptuous rendition starring some of the greatest German actors of the period - Werner Krauss, Henny Porten and Max Schreck.  Featuring a live piano accompaniment by Stephen Horne. 4pm. Tickets: Standard £11.50, Concessions £10.50 Members £9.20, Under 18 £6, Young Barbican £5.

12 April.  Shakespeare’s Celebrations. Find out more about this new organisation that is revitalising the annual celebrations that take place in Stratford-upon-Avon. (

12 April. Shakespeare in Print. Guildhall Library, London. Taking inspiration from the Guildhall Library’s collections, 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 playwrights. His talk will include a look at the First Folio itself. 13:00. Free event.

12 April. Lunatics, Lovers and Poets: Stories after Cervantes and Shakespeare. Conference Centre, The British Library, 18.30. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the near simultaneous deaths of both Shakespeare and Cervantes deaths in 1616, And Other Stories have selected twelve contemporary international writers to write an original and previously unpublished story as their tribute to these giants of world literature. Join a selection of the writers for an evening of readings and discussion. In order to celebrate the international influence of each writer, the six English-speaking writers offer a take on Cervantes and his work, while six contemporary Spanish-language writers have written stories inspired by Shakespeare. The writers are Kamila Shamsie; Ben Okri; Deborah Levy; Yuri Herrera; Marcos Giralt Torrente; Juan Gabriel Vásquez; Vicente Molina Foix; Soledad Puertolas; Hisham Matar; Nell Leyshon; Rhidian Brook and Valeria Luiselli, with an introduction by Salman Rushdie. Full Price: £10.00, Senior 60+: £8.00, Student: £7.00, Registered Unemployed: £7.00, Under 18: £7.00, Friend of the BL: £7.00.

15 April. . Think you know Romeo and Juliet? Royal Festival Hall, London. How well do you know Romeo and Juliet? Generations of students, obliged to read Romeo and Juliet at school, often in their very early teens, have tended not to think of it as a complicated play – and in many ways it is perfect for our younger years: it is fast-moving, funny, engaging, tragic, sentimental, sexy, and colourful. Yet Romeo and Juliet is also a play that, as you progress through life, repays repeated revisiting. In this illuminating talk, Professor Gordon McMullan, Academic Director of Shakespeare400, will address some of the myths associated with Romeo and Juliet. With help from a group of actors, McMullan will show us how different the play can be – in its attitude to the generations, to violence, to politics, to sex – to that which tradition has led us to believe. 6:00pm. Free event.

15 April - 6 September. Shakespeare in Ten acts. PACCAR Gallery, The British Library. It reveals ten performances that have made Shakespeare the cultural icon he is today. It is often said that Shakespeare’s work is universal, but this is to ignore the fact that his plays have been constantly reinvented to suit the times. Across the centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed and translated, faked and forged, revised, recast and redesigned to appeal to new generations of theatre-goers in Britain and around the world. This exhibition explores the impact of ten significant theatrical moments from Shakespeare’s first production of Hamlet to a digital-age deconstruction for the 21st century. See the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, two of only six authentic Shakespeare signatures, and rare printed editions including the First Folio, alongside film, paintings, photographs, costumes and props. Tickets go on sale soon - See more at:


16 April.  Shakespeare’s London. Archaeological Archive Tour, Museum of London. 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. 11am – 12.30pm & 1.30-3pm Tickets: £9.

16 April.  Henry James: Shakespeare and Horror. Conference Centre, The British Library. 14.00. £7-10.

18 April.  Worlds elsewhere: Journeys around Shakespeare’s Globe. Conference Centre, The British Library. 18.30-20.30. Full Price: £10.00, Senior 60+: £8.00, Student: £7.00, Registered Unemployed: £7.00, Under 18: £7.00, Friend of the BL: £7.00. In his book World’s Elsewhere, Andrew Dickson takes us on a cultural journey from India to the US, China to South Africa and beyond. Packed with stories and surprises, his account gives a rich taste of the enormous impact Shakespeare has had around the world. He discusses these journeys and is joined by some special international guests.

20 April. Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium. This symposium draws together growing research interest in disability studies and Shakespearean theatre. In discussing the depiction, treatment, and uses of disability in Shakespeare’s work (and that of his contemporaries) alongside analysis of the role of disability in staging of his plays, we hope to encourage interaction between creative practitioners, historians, and literary scholars. Playwright and disability studies scholar Professor. Chris Mounsey (University of Winchester) will give the keynote address on “VariAbility in Shakespeare”, in which he will explore alternative ways of responding to the question of the existence of disability in the Early Modern period, and to one of Shakespeare’s most infamous characters: Richard III. Following the symposium, Glasgow-based playwright Molly Ziegler (Notes, Getting it (Back)) has agreed to premier her new play, Let Her Come In. Let Her Come In is a one act rewriting of Hamlet, focused on mental illness, gender, and disability. Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow. 9.45am – 5.00pm.  £25 full, £15 concession, free for BSA members. Email:

22 April. ‘Shakespeare Odes’: a re-staging of Garrick’s 1769 Ode and a new Ode by Carol Ann Duffy (co-commissioned by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust). Performed by Ex Cathedra choir. 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church. Tickets: 0121 345 0603 or

22 April. Celebrating Shakespeare. The National Theatre will be marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a special day of events, talks and discussions. Further details to follow so please check website for updates:

23 April. The opening of New Place.

28 April. Shakespeare's London/Beaumont's London. Guildhall Library, London. We are used to thinking about Shakespeare in London. 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. Includes wine reception. 6:00pm. Tickets: £6.47.

30 April. Unwrapped: Doctor Faustus. Swan Theatre. Join our actors and members of the creative team as they unwrap our plays and demonstrate some of the skills that go into making them. Tickets: £5 (01789 403493)

30 April. Shakespeare and Modernism Symposium. Barbican Centre, The Pit. 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. Taking place within the modernist architectural frame of the Centre, topics discussed include: modernist writers and thinkers’ relationship with Shakespeare and the past; the impact of modernist design on Shakespeare production; the legacy of Shakespeare in modernist and post-modernist culture. 10am to 5pm. Tickets: £15 (includes a complimentary glass of wine at the end of the day).








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