Shakespeare 400 and The Complete Walk


No surprises, of course, but there are plenty of events in celebration of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, 1616-2016. The hashtag is #Shakespeare400.

It’s hard to write about all of them, so I focus on just some which got my attention.


The RSC

First of all, the amazing Royal Shakespeare Company season in Stratford-Upon-Avon, London and other UK venues! See details on their website: https://www.rsc.org.uk/

They take to London some of the Stratford’s plays: https://www.rsc.org.uk/news/london-season-for-2016-announced

BARBICAN THEATRE

  • The Alchemist (2 September – 1 October) directed by Polly Findlay, featuring Ken Nwosu, Mark Lockyer and Siobhán McSweeney
  • Doctor Faustus (7 September – 1 October) directed by Maria Aberg with Sandy Grierson and Oliver Ryan sharing the roles of Faustus and Mephistophilis
  • Cymbeline (31 October – 22 December) directed by Melly Stillwith Gillian Bevan as the first woman to take on the role of Cymbeline for the RSC 
  • King Lear (10 November – 23 December) directed by Gregory Doran, with Antony Sher in the title role, David Troughton as Gloucester and Paapa Essiedu as Edmund

THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET

Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (or Love’s Labour’s Won) transfer from Chichester Festival Theatre. Christopher Luscombe directs one acting company in both shows from 9 December 2016 to 18 March 2017.

And they bring to cinemas Henry V, Shakespeare Live!, Hamlet, Cymbeline and King Lear. See the schedule: https://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/in-cinemas

Shakespeare Live! from the RSC” will be also aired on BBC Two on Saturday 23 April at 8.30pm & in UK cinemas. Tickets:

Not forgetting, the wonderful “A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Play For The Nation” still running in UK venues, before to return to Stratford June 15, 2016 – July 16, 2016 for the last run: http://www.dream2016.org.uk/ with the free event “Midsummer Music – Free music gigs curated by and featuring leading musicians from the West Midlands, responding to themes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” https://www.rsc.org.uk/events/midsummer-music in June and July 2016.



Guildhall London

GUILDHALL’S ‘OPEN MIC’ SHAKESPEARE DAY

Simon Russell Beale and John Heffernan open Shakespeare’s event at on 10 May (via City Of London on Twitter).

Read the article: “Leading actors perform at Guildhall’s ‘open mic’ Shakespeare day ”  cityoflondon.gov.uk/leading-actors-perform-at-guildhalls-open-mic-shakespeare-day/

John Heffernan and actors Luke Thompson and Patsy Ferran viewed 1623 First Folio at the Guildhall on 1st April 2016, see a gallery: paimages.co.uk (more other actors viewed the book)



Shakespeare's Globe

THE GLOBE AND THE COMPLETE WALK

37 PLAYS | 37 FILMS | 37 SCREENS
Saturday 23 April – Sunday 24 April 2016
2.5 mile route from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge
Free event

This is a really fascinating event lucky people and tourists of London and Liverpool will be lucky to watch!

Every play had been filmed in real locations, where the Bard’s plays takes places!

http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/theatre/whats-on/special-events/the-complete-walk

The Globe wrote:

<<A free, interactive celebration of Shakespeare’s plays

Download The Complete Walk Map to plan your route (PDF version)

Over the spring weekend of 23 – 24 April 2016, the banks of the Thames will come alive with an extraordinary celebration as Shakespeare’s Globe invites the world to join The Complete Walk.

37 specially-made 10 minute films will be screened along the iconic 2.5 mile stretch between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.

Each film explores one of Shakespeare’s plays and includes scenes shot in the locations Shakespeare imagined when he wrote them. Picture Cleopatra in front of the Pyramids, Shylock in Venice’s former Jewish Ghetto, Hamlet on the rocks of Elsinore and much more.

These scenes will be combined with extracts from the BFI’s iconic early silent films and our Globe On Screen filmed stage productions. Featuring a host of the world’s greatest actors, The Complete Walk is an accessible, interactive way to celebrate Shakespeare’s life, work and legacy, exactly 400 years on from his death.

The films will play continuously throughout the weekend enabling you to join us for the entire route or to dip in and out of your favourite plays as you stroll along the river.

A digital map will be available to download from this webpage in the days leading up to the event, or you can pick up a print copy from Shakespeare’s Globe over the weekend of 23 – 24 April.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION USING #THECOMPLETEWALK>>

Cast includes:

Nikki Amuka-Bird
Gemma Arterton is Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost
Zawe Ashton
Hayley Atwell is in Cymbeline
Simon Russell Beale in Timon of Athens
Eve Best
Jessie Buckley
Tom Burke
David Burke
David Calder
Peter Capaldi
David Caves
Paul Chahidi
Kenneth Cranham
Marty Cruickshank
Philip Cumbus
David Dawson is Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost
Phil Davis
Bryan Dick told me on TwitterI’m playing Touchstone in As You Like It. We were the first to film.
Omid Djalili
Lindsay Duncan
Ray Fearon
Susie Fielding
Mel Giedroyc
Aidan Gillen
Boothby Graffoe
Trystan Gravelle
David Harewood filmed Othello in Cyprus, he will play the title’s character
Kevin Harvey
John Heffernan filmed Othello in Cyprus (will he play Iago?)
Clare Higgins
Douglas Hodge is Prospero in The Tempest, filmed in Bermuda
Alex Jennings
Toby Jones
Will Keen
Tamara Lawrence
John Light
Joel MacCormack
Sarah MacRae
Joseph Marcell
Neil Maskell
Eleanor Matsuura is Cleopatra in Anthony And Cleopatra
Joshua McGuire
Pauline McLynn
Ben Miles
Dean Nolan
James Norton
Jamie Parker
Katherine Parkinson as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing
Nikesh Patel
Jonathan Pryce
Phoebe Pryce
Prasanna Puwanarajah
Ekow Quartey
Paul Ready
Sheila Reid
Olivia Ross
Dominic Rowan
Danny Sapani
Joanna Scanlan
Katy Stephens
Tom Stuart
Meera Syal
Matthew Tennyson
Michelle Terry
Luke Thompson
Alex Waldmann
Dominic West in Coriolanus, filmed at Ostia Antica in Rome
Samuel West as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing
Olivia Williams
Ruth Wilson
Angus Wright as Henry IV in Henry IV Part 2
Ashley Zhangazha

Further casting to be announced.

I will update the list as soon as I find them out.

The plays

The Complete Walk plays

(from The Globe pdf above)

Great to see that eight plays have been filmed in Italian locations!



 WORLD

Some more events here: nytimes.com/2016/04/16


 I’m quite sure I will not be able to see everything, but I’ll do my best!

Some tickets have been booked and recorders set.

It’s going to be busy but quite enjoyable!

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