World-Wide Shakespeare

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death will be marked by events and celebrations around the world, including:

The Wonder of Will: 400 Years of Shakespeare
The Folger Shakespeare Library is planning to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death with a suite of collaborative Exhibitions at the Folger and related programs that will introduce people to the man who grew up in the English provinces and went on to become the most influential writer in the world, finding his way to America as a prized adopted "citizen." The 2016 celebrations will include: First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Life of an Icon, America's Shakespeare, Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity.

Shakespeare's England 2016
In 2016 Shakespeare's England will host a range of new exhibitions to celebrate his legacy. These include a new immersive theatrical experience at the Royal Shakespeare Company; a reimagining of Shakespeare's final home, New Place, by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; and Shakespeare's school room will also open for the first time to the general public at King Edward VI School.

Shakespeare 400
Shakespeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational organizations, coordinated by the London Shakespeare Centre and Culture at King's College London, which will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016. Through a connected series of public performances, programs, exhibitions and creative activities in the capital and beyond, partners will celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare during the quartercentenary year.

2016 World Shakespeare Congress
The 2016 World Shakespeare Congress — four hundred years after the playwright's death — will celebrate Shakespeare's memory and the global cultural legacy of his works. Uniquely, ambitiously, fittingly, this quartercentenary World Congress will be based in not just one but two locations: in Shakespeare's birthplace, and final resting-place, Stratford-upon-Avon; and in the city where he made his name and where his genius flourished — London.

The Royal Shakespeare Company
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016 with a far-reaching national and international program of productions and collaborations, celebrating the world's most famous playwright and his legacy today.

Shakespeare Lives
A program of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare's life on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign are working with a host of British theatres, museums, educators and artists on brand new productions of Shakespeare's plays, film adaptations, public readings and educational resources for schools and English language learners of all ages in the UK and around the world.

Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA)

The 2016 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death has provided STA with the opportunity to create and implement a yearlong celebration of his work. From individual theatre celebrations to global partnerships, see what STA has in store for this remarkable 400th Anniversary!

London Globe's 10-Minute Film Festival

On the weekend of April 23-24, the London Globe will present "The Complete Walk"-- a 2.5 mile route along the River Thames with 37 screens showing 37 different 10-minute films based on Shakespeare's 37 plays.  Famous actors will perform scenes from the plays on location if possible -- the ghetto in Venice or on "the rocks of Elsinore."

Pop-Up Globe in Auckland, New Zealand

Check out this "pop-up" replica of the Second Globe Theater (built in 113 after the original Globe burned down) that now stands in a parking lot in Auckland, New Zealand, and will be dismantled after a short season of several Shakespeare plays.   Worth the trip!

Rhodes College Conference: 1616

On April 21-22, 2016, Rhodes College will host an interdisciplinary conference on the year 1616.   Thomas Christensen (author of 1616: The World in Motion) is the keynote speaker; the topics of other talks will range from China, to medicine, to alchemy, to cosmology, to the slave trade in the New World.  The 1616 symposium concludes with the American premiere of Gareth Somers' play 1616: The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare.