With 2014 marking 450 years since the birth of
playwright William Shakespeare, London is preparing for a
Whether it’s watching the world
tour of Hamlet which opens on 23 April at Shakespeare’s Globe, or
visiting an exhibition dedicated to his life at the V&A, there’s
plenty to keep even the most dedicated of fans enthralled.
Julie Chappell, Director of Consumer Marketing
and Digital Channels at London & Partners, said, “London is the
perfect destination to celebrate Shakespeare’s anniversary, as it
was here that he debuted some of his most famous plays. Hundreds
of years later we are still experiencing his astounding legacy
through London’s theatres, museums and literary attractions.”
The open air theatre’s
2014 season will mark the writer’s anniversary with new
productions of Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Comedy of
A world tour of Hamlet Globe to Globe will begin at
Shakespeare’s Globe on 23 April 2014 and tour every country in the
world over a two-year period.
A new indoor theatre will also open
at the Globe named after its visionary founder – the Sam Wanamaker
Playhouse. Opening this month, the candlelit venue’s first
performance will be the The Duchess of Malfi.
Open all year round, the Globe Exhibition & Tour
gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about the unique
building and its most famous playwright. Based under the Globe
Theatre, the engaging and informative exhibition explores the life
of Shakespeare, the London where he lived and the theatre for
which he wrote.
Middle Temple Hall
The first performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth
Night is said to have taken place in the Hall in 1602 with Queen
Elizabeth I in attendance.
Middle Temple Hall
remains virtually unaltered since completion in the 1570’s and is
one of the finest Elizabethan Halls in the country. From the
moment you arrive onto the cobbles of the lantern-lit Middle
Temple Lane, visitors will feel as though they have stepped back
in time to somewhere very special.
Guided tours must be booked in advance by contacting the Events Department: 020 7427 4820. Lunch
at the Hall is also available upon request.
V&A, Shakespeare: Our
Greatest Living Playwright
This immersive installation will examine
the enduring influence and popularity of the world’s most famous
Drawing together objects from the V&A
collection and interviews with key contemporary practitioners,
Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright (8 February – 28
September 2014) examines how Shakespeare’s plays have travelled
across centuries and continents to be used as a springboard for theatrical re-imaginings and interpretation.
Shakespeare’s & Dickens’s London
takes Shakespeare and Dickens fans back in time visiting
half-timbered Elizabethan dwellings and the magnificent early
16th-century gatehouse where the Bard went with his plays to the
offices of the Elizabethan Master of the Revels.
ravages of time, traces of their London are still well and truly
there for all to see.
For two hours explore the wonderful world of
Shakespeare and Dickens. Tours run every Wednesday, 11.00am and
The Rose Theatre
When it was erected in 1587, The Rose
was only the fifth purpose-built theatre in London, and the first
on Bankside – an area already rich in other leisure attractions
such as brothels, gaming dens and bear-baiting arenas.
Shakespeare’s plays performed at the theatre included Henry VI
part I and Titus Andronicus.
Once The Globe was built, the Rose
disappeared into history in 1603. In 1989 the archaeological site
of the Rose was discovered and since then a long campaign to
rebuild the theatre has been underway.
Theatregoers can visit the
Rose every Saturday or go and see one of the productions including
Shakespeare’s Richard III (1 – 26 April 2014).
in Love, Noel Coward Theatre
Seven times Academy Award winning film
Shakespeare in Love
is to be adapted for the stage and will start its run at the Noel
Coward Theatre in the summer of 2014.
Preview performances of this
theatre premiere begin in early July, with box office bookings
starting in February.
The play will tell the tale of how, plagued
by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a
new hit, promising new playwright Shakespeare finds his muse in
the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their
forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth I
herself, into the drama and inspires him to write one of the
greatest love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet.
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