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.
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
- 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 Still, with 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: http://onscreen.rsc.org.uk
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’S ‘OPEN MIC’ SHAKESPEARE DAY
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)
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
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!
The Globe wrote:
<<A free, interactive celebration of Shakespeare’s plays
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>>
Gemma Arterton is Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost
Hayley Atwell is in Cymbeline
Simon Russell Beale in Timon of Athens
David Dawson is Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost
Bryan Dick told me on Twitter “I’m playing Touchstone in As You Like It. We were the first to film.”
David Harewood filmed Othello in Cyprus, he will play the title’s character
John Heffernan filmed Othello in Cyprus (will he play Iago?)
Douglas Hodge is Prospero in The Tempest, filmed in Bermuda
Eleanor Matsuura is Cleopatra in Anthony And Cleopatra
Katherine Parkinson as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing
Dominic West in Coriolanus, filmed at Ostia Antica in Rome
Samuel West as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing
Angus Wright as Henry IV in Henry IV Part 2
Further casting to be announced.
I will update the list as soon as I find them out.
(from The Globe pdf above)
Great to see that eight plays have been filmed in Italian locations!
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!