Weekend of Shakespeare

It's a Shakespeare weekend if ever there was one - with the Barbican flinging open its doors for a jamboree which has many free events on offer. And there's still chance this evening to see the Shakespeare Son et Lumière at the Guildhall.

Saturday 5 March 2016

Festivals - Shakespeare

Shakespeare Weekender at The Barbican

Image: Barbican

As it's the anniversary of Shakespeare's death this year, there's going to be a lot of events of the Shakespearian variety on offer.

And this weekend has seen things get underway in style at the Barbican centre as well as the Guildhall where there's a light and sound show on again tonight (the first showing was yesterday, 4 March).

Though the sound and light show ends tonight, the Barbican is continuing its weekend tomorrow, and I'll be taking-in one of the performances of Forced Entertainment's Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare.

Have a look at this video to see what makes their brand of Shakespeare very different ...

If you can squeeze some time from your schedule to pop along to the Barbican, you'll find all the details about the Shakespeare Weekender here.

Shakespeare in Shoreditch

After the sell-out success of their 2014 festival, Shakespeare returns to Shoreditch from 20th - 30th April for plays and performance inspired by Shoreditch, Shakespeare and Storms - sounds like a cue for The Tempest, maybe.

The festival has a website where you can find out more details and also do some booking.

BBC Shakespeare 2016 Festival

Yes... more Shakespeare...

This time from the BBC which also has a special website up and running, and where you can find out how Shakespeare spoke, and test yourself with a quiz - among many other things.

Shakespeare Lives

The British Council also have a Shakespeare site here, where you'll find all kinds of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work.

The Council has commissioned a series of films using Shakespeare's works as inspiration as part of Shakespeare Lives 2016.

Here's one of the films, which has already had over 10,000 views on YouTube.

It's a contemporary take on Romeo and Juliet by poet, writer and illustrator Laura Dockrill ... it's set on a British beach, where two families 'both alike in common crime' wage a turf war over ice-cream ...

Have a great weekend ... whatever you're doing!

Peter Brown

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