Date Published 25 April 2016
As most of you will know, Saturday marked 400 years since the death of arguably Britain`s most successful writer. To this day, nobody can claim to have written anything as inspirational or influential as what stemmed from Willy Boy`s quill.
But, what`s the big deal?
Well, over the next few weeks London is hosting some fine events to mark the occasion and, quite frankly, you`d be loonier than Macbeth to miss out.
1. ‘From Stratford to Deptford`: The New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival
This year`s New Cross and Deptford Free Film Festival offers a separate strand marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare`s death. With a choice from over 1,000 adaptations they opted for Forbidden Planet, a sci-fi version of `The Tempest`, Baz Luhrmann`s `Romeo and Juliet`, Marlon Brando`s `Julius Caesar`, Polanskl`s 70s version of `Macbeth`, and a contemporary `Hamlet` set in New York from 2000.
2. By Me, William Shakespeare: A Life in Writing
The National Archives and King`s College London have teamed up for this exhibition charting Shakespeare`s life in London, through to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago. Significant documents that piece together both his professional and domestic lives can be seen, including four of his six known signatures in existence.
3. Shakespeare: Metamorphosis
This exhibition marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare`s death and traces the development of the Bard`s text from early influences through to the digital age. Visitors can take a look at the first folio from 1623 and over 30 rare texts from seven key ages.
4. Shakespeare in Ten Acts
This major exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare`s death explores how the playwright became a cultural icon through ten key performances. More about the Bard`s character will also be uncovered using an entry from a diary dating back to 1602 and the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare`s hand will be on display.
5. The Curtain and Crime: Rogues and Villains of Elizabethan Theatre Walk
Author Jon Kaneko-James will lead a tour through the crime-ridden streets of Elizabethan Shoreditch, focusing on the early Curtain Theatre and the characters that were attracted to playhouses. Meet at The Stage archaeology space on Hewett Street.