Shakespeare @400


Ian McKellent in Richard III (1995)

23 April 2016 sees the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Here’s a guide to the best theatrical alternatives in London.


BFI Shakespeare on Film, April-May

Highlights in April include Ian McKellen’s screen adaptation of Richard Eyre’s Richard III (1995), an adaptation of Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935), Kenneth Branagh’s A Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Peter Brook’s King Lear (1970)

The Complete Walk, Shakespeare’s Globe, 23-24 April

The Globe has produced 37 Shakespeare adaptations to be shown along the River Thames featuring some of Britain’s finest actors.


National Theatre’s Celebrating Shakespeare Platforms , 19-22 April

The National Theatre presents a series of talks and conversations about the NT’s relationship with Shakespeare as well as talks with actors and directors about their performances and productions.

Shakespearean Performance in Modern London: Discussions and Performances on the Shakespeare in Modern Theatre, The Rose Theatre Southwark, 25 April

Presentations by directors Duncan Moore (KDC Theatre), Bryon Fear (South London Theatre) and Tom Salyers (Tower Theatre) alongside Pepe Pryke from the Rose Theatre Trust about recent productions of Shakespeare plays and how they are relevant to life in modern London.

Shakespeare in 1916: The First World War & the Origins of Global Shakespeare, Senate House, 3 May

In this talk, Professor Gordon McMullan will reflect on the intersection of the Shakespeare Tercentenary and the First World War, looking in particular at one of the main elements of Tercentenary commemoration, Israel Gollancz’s Book of Homage to Shakespeare..


Romeo and Juliet, Royal Festival Hall, 15 April

Jaime Martín conducts music from Prokofiev’s celebrated ballet score.

Late at the Library: World Book Night celebrates, British Library 23 April

An alternative night of Shakespearean festivities in honour of our greatest writer, hosted by actor and author Ben Crystal, with special guests, performance, music and food and drink.

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