William Shakespeare, England's most renowned playwright, is said to have been born on the 23rd April 1564, making 2014 the 450th anniversary of his birth. Marking the occasion, sites and attractions right across the country that have links to the bard will be hosting special programmes and exhibitions this spring. Here,is a list of some of the best new Shakespearean activities, attractions and events for 2014.
Sam Wanamaker Theatre, London
Built on the original Jacobean style of Shakespeare's day, this candlelit 340 seat theatre aims to recreate the most authentic 17th century theatre experience yet. The theatre opened for its first performance in January 2014, bringing live performances throughout the year alongside its seasonal sister theatre, The Globe.
V&A, Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright
This immersive installation will examine the enduring influence and popularity of the world's most famous poet. 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.
Famous Beyond Words exhibition, Stratford-upon-Avon
With celebrations in full swing, the home town of the bard held it's first ever Shakespeare week in March. During this month, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust also launched a brand new exhibition,
'Famous Beyond Words' which explores the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. It will reveal how Shakespeare's work has fascinated people of all ages and backgrounds for four centuries and will take visitors on a journey back through time to discover what sparked his imagination and how he continues to shape our lives today.
'Shakespeare in Print' exhibition at the Guildhall Library, London
The Guildhall Library in the heart of the City of London houses a precious First Folio, deemed to be one of the best in the world. This will be on display, together with numerous other printed treasures,
including the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, as part of a free 'Shakepeare in Print' exhibition at the Guildhall Library. The exhibition will run from April 2 – 30, 2014.
Singing Shakespeare, Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon
A concert in Holy Trinity Church on April 24, 2014 will launch a new three year global singing project by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to mark the anniversary of the playwright's birth and death. Singing Shakespeare will inspire choirs from all over the world