As part of Shakespeare400, the Barbican presented Play On…, a unique international and cross-arts programme featuring performance, music, cinema and creative learning initiatives.
Highlights of Play On… included:
Shakespeare Weekender featuring contributions by Howard Jacobson as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Orly Orbach and Museum of London among others
Performances by international theatre companies: Toneelgroep Amsterdam’s Kings of War directed by Ivo van Hove; and Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre’s The Shadow King, co-created by Tom E. Lewis and Michael Kantor
Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Tower Theatre Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation, combining eighteen RSC professional actors, amateur performers, alongside east London schoolchildren playing Titania’s fairy train. Directed by RSC Deputy Artistic Director, Erica Whyman
Two Cinema series: RSC Shakespeare on Screen in association with the Barbican Cinema, uncovers highlights from 50 years of Shakespeare in performance; Shakespeare on the Silent Screen, part of the Barbican’s Silent Film and Live Music Series, presents Hamlet (1920) and The Merchant of Venice (1923) with live music accompaniment
London Symphony Orchestra performing Shakespeare-inspired music by Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Smetana and Tchaikovsky, with conductors Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Gianandrea Noseda
Sir Andrew Davis leading Associate orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet
Barbican Box Theatre: an education project that contains contributions from internationally renowned theatre artists and companies, such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Deborah Warner, Declan Donnellan of Cheek by Jowl, Gregory Doran of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Robert Wilson
Shakespeare and Modernism Symposium exploring the relationship between Shakespeare’s legacy and modernist thinking.