ShakespeaR400: What`S Going On In London To Mark The Bard`S Death 400 Years Ago?

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.