To mark Shakespeare400, Shakespeare's Globe presented 1616: A Momentous Year, a series of events, talks, lectures, special performances, and an exhibition that was packed with special displays and unique items from around the world.
1616: A Momentous Year
Shakespeare’s death wasn’t the only significant theatrical event of 1616, which saw the deaths of theatre impresario Philip Henslowe, playwright Francis Beaumont, Spain’s Cervantes, and the Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu. In the same year, Ben Jonson published his pioneering Folio edition of his plays which paved the way for the Shakespeare First Folio seven years later.
Globe Education's season 1616: A Momentous Year celebrated these theatrical greats, as well as Shakespeare, with a year-long programme of performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops, conferences, a family story-telling festival, and even a Kabuki inspired ‘Ophelia’ in Japanese.
Actors present script in hand performances of rarely performed plays:
Read not Dead
The Read Not Dead ground rules are simple. Actors are given the play on a Sunday morning and present it, script in hand, to an audience later that afternoon. What follows is a shared spirit of adventure and excitement for actors and audiences alike who sense that they might be uncovering a neglected gem.
Read a King's student review of Read Not Dead: Love's Pilgrimage
Lectures and talks
Lectures and talks about the various events that made 1616 such a momentous year
On Sunday 11 September 2016, the final performance of Emma Rice's Bollywood-infused A Midsummer Night's Dream was streamed live around the world for audiences to enjoy for free as part of Shakespeare Lives, the online festival co-curated by the BBC and the British Council.
In the lead up to the broadcast, BBC presenter Lindsay Chapman took audiences on an access all-areas tour of the Globe, including interviews with the company and insights into the running of our magical venue, before actor and comedian Meera Syal introduced the production.
The globe's celebration also included pre and post show events, courses and conferences. Click the links below to find out more.