June 10, 2023

In celebration of the Bard’s 450th anniversary, special happenings are taking place around the city

London’s Globe Theatre offers a year-round Globe Exhibition & Tour for an inside look at Shakespeare’s life and the theater.
450 years after his birth, England is still celebrating William Shakespeare, the country’s most iconic playwright. In honor of the anniversary, a variety of Shakespearean happenings will take place around London, at the Globe and beyond.

Shakespeare’s Globe: For the anniversary, the iconic Globe is offering new productions of Julius Caesar, Antony & Cleopatra, and The Comedy of Errors. The theater is also launching a two-year world tour of its “Hamlet Globe to Globe” program, which begins April 23.

The Rose Theatre: Known as the stage where Shakespeare first learned his craft, plays performed at The Rose include Titus Andronicus and Henry VI part I. Though the theater was abandoned in the early 1600s, it was rediscovered and restored in 1989, allowing modern patrons to visit and take in productions such as Richard III, which will run April 1-26. 

Middle Temple Hall: Considered one of England’s finest Elizabethan Halls, Middle Temple Hall hosted the first performance of Twelfth Night in 1602. Today, visitors can book a guided tour of the hall and Middle Temple Lane to walk in the footsteps of the Bard.

Victoria and Albert Museum: From February 8 to September 28, the museum is hosting the immersive installation Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright, with expert interviews and pieces from the V&A collection.

Noel Coward Theatre: The theater will host a stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning film “Shakespeare in Love” this summer, a fictional account of Shakespeare’s inspiration for the play Romeo and Juliet. 

London Walks: Lovers of Shakespeare and Charles Dickens can take a tour of the writers’ old haunts with London Walks. The tour takes place every Wednesday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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