The National Theatre celebrated Shakespeare400 with a series of talks, an exhibition and a special outdoor film screening of Sir Lawrence Olivier’s Henry V. Along with this wide range of events, the NT also launched a free app that included videos, production photographs, costume and set designs, annotated scripts and more.
Exhibition: Shakespeare at the National Theatre
Curated by historian Daniel Rosenthal, 'Shakespeare at the National Theatre' tells the story of Shakespeare at the National Theatre through eight landmark productions. It illuminates the work of the directors and the experiences of actors and the audiences using photographs, letters, design, sketches, reviews and interviews.
View the full interactive exhibit the National Theatre website
Othello: Behind the Lines
Originally broadcast as part of the National Theatre Live broadcast of 'Othello', this film looks at the military setting of the play and the role of Major-General Jonathan Shaw.
'The Web of Our Life: Shakespeare and...' series
Using Shakespeare's plays for inspiration, The Web of Our Life: Shakespeare and... looked at how the works continue to explore everyday issues and key themes.
Shakespeare and Old Age: Simon Russell Beale
Actor Simon Russell Beale, who played the title role in King Lear in 2014 at the NT, and Simon Lovestone, Professor of Translational Neuroscience and Dementia Research at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry look at how memory and ageing are explored in Shakespeare’s play, King Lear, and discuss how the situations experienced by the characters might be mirrored today.View the full talk at the National Theatre website
Shakespeare and Migration: Lenny Henry
Actor Lenny Henry, who played the role of Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors in 2011 at the NT, and George Alagiah, BBC journalist, author of A Home From Home and Friend of the Migration Museum Project look at how migration and exile are explored in Shakespeare’s play, The Comedy or Errors, and discuss how the situations experienced by the characters might be mirrored today.
Celebrating Shakespeare: Flytower Film projection of Olivier’s Henry V
The National’s iconic Flytower became a massive outdoor cinema, showing the film that earned the NT’s first Director, Laurence Olivier, a special Academy Award for outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director