The 23rd of April 2016 is 400 years since William Shakespeare died. It is a special centenary anniversary and there are countless events going on all over the world and London and Stratford-Upon-Avon are especially brimming with celebrations.
We will be in a studio.
Filming our souliloquies.
It’s both terrible and poetic timing. I mean nothing is more appropriate in some ways than to be spending the day honouring his characters and legacy. But it means we can’t be out walking along the Thames and watching films on massive screens by The Globe and the RSC; we aren’t a part of the readings at the British Library and we aren’t going to be donning creepy Shakespeare masks. #Shakespeare400 is so wide and varied and a sheer delight to tap into – it’s a shame we cannot immerse ourselves in it on the actual day.
We are however making new art, continuing Shakespeare’s tradition of exploring words, writing, performance and character. New stories, new consequences, new questions, new ideas.
Helena. Lavinia. Juliet. Lady Macbeth. The Fool. Margaret of Anjou. They are all speaking on the 23rd of April 2016 – 400 years since their Maker met his. Direct to camera and on digital platforms their voices will be around the globe.
Next week from Monday the plan is to release one Souliloquy a day so all six of the first cycle will be out by the end of April.
Happy Anniversary William Shakespeare, we re honoured to share it with you!