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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.
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.
Shakespeare’s London. Archaeological Archive Tour, Museum of
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.
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.
The Winter’s Tale –
Shakespeare and the Traditions of Indoor Performance.
Guildhall Library, London. At the end
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.
International Study of
New Place with Paul Edmondson and the archaeologists who led the
dig from 2010 to 2015. 10.00 - 4.30pm.
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
Standard £11.50, Concessions £10.50 Members £9.20, Under 18 £6,
Young Barbican £5.
Find out more about this new
the annual celebrations that take place in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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
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.
Think you know Romeo and
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.
15 April - 6
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:
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
James: Shakespeare and Horror.
Conference Centre, The British
Library. 14.00. £7-10. https://boxoffice.bl.uk/category_details.php?pgto=cat
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.
Shakespearean Theatre Symposium.
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
Getting it (Back))
has agreed to premier her new play,
Let Her Come
Let Her Come
In is a one
act rewriting of
focused on mental illness, gender, and disability. Sir Alwyn
Williams Building, Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow.
full, £15 concession, free for BSA members. Email:
‘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).
choir. 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church.
Tickets: 0121 345 0603 or
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
The opening of New Place.
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:
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
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
£15 (includes a complimentary glass of wine at the end of the