2016 marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare.
To celebrate the lasting legacy of the Bard there will be a wide range of cultural events across the country, including a one day festival in Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.
In Liverpool a number of events are taking place:
The Complete Walk
Liverpool is the only UK city outside of London to host The Complete Walk. The Globe Theatre has commissioned 37 short films of 37 Shakespeare plays shown on 37 screens across the city.
On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April venues including the Philharmonic Hall, Tate Liverpool, the Town Hall and the Kazimier Garden will show the rolling ten minute films. Everyman and Playhouse Theatre director, Nick Bagnall has directed three of the films; Henry VI parts two and three and Titus Andronicus. The latter, starring Peter Capaldi, will be shown at the Playhouse Theatre. For a full list of locations and details of the films being screened, visit http://www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/thecompletewalk/
St George’s Quarter Family Fun Festival
This year the festival is celebrating both St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s legacy with a number of events taking place in the venues in the quarter, including Central Library, the Walker Art Gallery, World Museum and St George’s Hall. Across the weekend there will be everything from plays and craft activities, to choir performances and storytelling sessions. There is also a Shakespeare exhibition in Central Library featuring early folio editions. For more information, visit http://www.stgeorgesquarter.org/events/
Everyman and Playhouse Theatres
The Liverpool Playhouse Theatre will show the process behind putting on a Shakespeare play as they bring their rehearsals for The Two Gentlemen Of Verona into Central Library. Tickets are free and booking is essential, visit https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on/open-rehearsal-for-the-two-gentleman-of-verona
Other performances at the Everyman Theatre include: Northern Broadsides in partnership with the New Vic Theatre production at the Everyman Theatre of William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives. Tue 24-Sat 28 May; and the Globe Theatre on Tour production at the Everyman of The Merchant of Venice, with Jonathan Price as Shylock. Sat 9-16 July.
Here in Special Collections and Archives we have a small Shakespeare exhibition which compares production photographs from our Everyman Theatre Collection with loose studio portraits from The Plays of Shakespeare with notes by Charles Knight, from Special Collections Oversize Books. There is a stark contrast between the costumes and poses of the actors. I think it would be fascinating to see the performances of all the actors to see how they and their director interpret classic Shakespeare stories for their audiences at that particular time.
Our exhibition is on the lower ground floor, Aldham Robarts Library – open from Mon 4 – Fri 29 April 9am-7pm.