2014 is a very exciting year at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and around the world as we celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. There’s always something new to discover, so whether you’re brand new to Shakespeare, or his number one fan, take a look around and become part of the story.
Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated in Stratford-upon-Avon and around the world every April, and this year is bigger than ever as Shakespeare turns 450 years young. Here in Stratford the streets overflow with music, pageantry and drama as the birthday weekend brings together performers, artists, and ambassadors from around the world in a vibrant celebration of the life and works of William Shakespeare.
Shakespeare’s Family Homes
Explore Shakespeare’s five family homes and uncover the stories behind the world’s greatest storyteller.
2014 promises to be a very exciting year for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as we celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday with a host of new events and activities. The first Shakespeare Week is bringing Shakespeare vividly to life for primary school and their families. Singing Shakespeare invites choirs from all over the world to celebrate choral settings of Shakespeare’s work, and Shakespeare on the Road charts the progress of our road trip to Shakespeare festivals all around North America.
Shakespeare in Stratford
William Shakespeare became a household name all over the world, but his home was right here in Stratford-upon-Avon. Shakespeare lives here to this day; in his five family homes, the theatres of the RSC, the local community and the millions of visitors who travel here each year to become part of Shakespeare’s story.
Shakespeare Around the World
Explore the extraordinary story of William Shakespeare, the boy from Stratford-upon-Avon who became a household name all over the world. Discover how much Shakespeare continues to influence our everyday lives all over the world four centuries on.
Whether you’re brand new to Shakespeare, or his number one fan, there is always something new to be discovered. From a favourite quote to the latest research, here you can explore, enjoy and be surprised by Shakespeare’s work, life and times. Browse through our archives on Finding Shakespeare, meet the pilgrim’s at Shakespeare’s Birthplace on Living Shakespeare and join the conversation with the most vibrant Shakespeare community on the web on Blogging Shakespeare.
As part of the V&A Shakespeare Festival this year, and in celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth on 23 April, the V&A teamed up with the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network to launch a poetry competition inspired by Shakespeare.
The competition asked writers to imagine what it would be like to step into the shoes of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters – Ophelia, Desdemona, Hamlet or Richard III – and to write a poem either from the point of view of that character or of the actor playing them.
We were thrilled with the huge numbers of entries to the competition – and with the fascinating, varied and beautiful results!
We are now delighted to announce the six winners, and to share their brilliant poems with you.
Read more about other Shakespeare activity at the Victoria & Albert Museum, including a Shakespeare trail to follow around the building and Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright a special display in the Theatre and Performance Galleries (until 21 September).
Different facets of Shakespeare’s universe, from the evocation of an Elizabethan theatre to costumes for Hamlet, are on exhibit at the Centre national du costume de scène et de la scénographie in Moulins.
"Shakespeare: the Stuff of the World" is on display from 14th June 2014 to 4th January 2015. Visit the museum website to find out more.
"Join the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for a programme of Strauss and Shakespeare with conductor Andris Nelsons.
Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 7.30pm Symphony Hall, Birmingham”
In the 450th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s birth, the CBSO celebrates with this concert including Mendelssohn’s classic overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the UK premiere of Abrahmsen’s enchanting let me tell you. The libretto of let me tell you is based on the words of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and dedicated to Hannigan.
There will also be a special pre-concert talk during which Composer Hans Abrahamsen and librettist Paul Griffiths discuss their new song cycle let me tell you before its first UK performance.
Taiwan will hold a series of events to commemorate the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth this year, organizers say.
The events are to continue until 2016, the 400th anniversary of the literary giant’s death.
The British Council in Taiwan, in collaboration with various institutions, government agencies and enterprises, plans to hold a series of events, including theater, dance, literature and exhibitions, the council’s Taipei director Lai Hsin-yuan said.
Read more about the events in store for Taiwan’s anniversary celebrations.
All the school was a stage for teachers turned thespians at Marshalls Park School who brought history to life for students in the 450th anniversary week of William Shakespeare’s birth.
Staff at the school in Pettits Lane, Romford, encouraged pupils to celebrate the Bard’s life last week by bursting into lessons and performing scenes or monologues from his works. The three-day “Shakespeare-bombing” featured chanting witches from Macbeth and Richard III (teachers Judith Jackson, Geraldine Webb and Jackie Simmonds), a sword-fighting Tybalt (Jenni Guy) and Benfolio (Mrs Jackson) from Romeo and Juliet, a ponderous Othello (Rayon Nembhard) giving a speech to Desdemona (Kerri Goddard) and a discontented Richard III (Johan Zweistra).
Elsewhere, head of Year 10 Carolyn Cusack delivered a Juliet speech – recalled from her schooldays – headteacher Pam Mason and Liz Shoffren swapped insults as Helena and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Con McCartney and Kathy Nordern both had a stab at Lady Macbeth.
The idea was planned in the Easter break and performed during free periods. Organiser Mrs Jackson said: “Some pupils got a bit of a fright when we burst into classrooms and they were all universally agog, but, to give them credit, they all sat and listened to us.”
We love hearing about how Shakespeare’s birthday is celebrated all over the world. Read about the activities that took place at this school in California, including a web chat with Anjna and Lisa from the learning team here at SBT :)
Nearly 40 plays will be staged in the following eight months in China to mark William Shakespeare’s 450th birth anniversary.
A play adapted from Macbeth will raise the curtain of a series of performances named “Salute to Shakespeare” on Tuesday, according to a news briefing held at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Monday.
Eight troupes from Britain, Scotland, the United States and China will perform nearly 40 shows of Shakespeare’s original or adapted plays.
"William Shakespeare is great. He is cherished not only in the UK but in the whole world," said Pu Cunxin, a renowned actor with Beijing People’s Art Theater, at the news briefing.