select - Shakespearean Experiences
Written by Oryx
William Shakespeare is the greatest writer the English-speaking world has ever produced and one of the world’s most recognised literary figures. This year marks the 450th anniversary of his birth.
This historic village is the epicentre of Shakespeare tourism, featuring no less than five houses associated with the playwright, including his birthplace on Henley Street, where exhibitions outline life in 16th-century England. The home of Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife, is another favourite; the thatched country cottage is postcard-pretty, with a flower-filled garden. The town also boasts an important Shakespeare Library and three theatres where the famed Royal Shakespeare Company puts on performances.
Globe Theatre, London, UK
This modern South Bank recreation of the Globe Theatre, where Shakespeare premiered and ran many of his plays, is still the place to take in performances of the Bard’s best-loved tales; in 2014, these include Hamlet, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But visitors can also get a first-hand look at 16th-century building techniques and crafts (informative audio-guides are available in 14 languages) and tour the permanent exhibition, which takes a look at Shakespeare’s London and the theatre world of his day.
Globe to Globe, Worldwide
If you won’t be in London this year, then the Globe Theatre might well come to you. The Globe to Globe project aims to bring Hamlet, directed by the Globe’s artistic director Dominic Dromgoole and featuring just eight actors, on a tour to every country in the world, starting on April 23, 2014 and finishing on the same date in 2016. The company will travel to 205 nations and stage Shakespeare’s most famous play in a huge range of unique and atmospheric venues, from village squares to national theatres, and palaces to beaches.
Every year in July and August, the university town is host to the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, which features open-air performances of Shakespeare plays in the private gardens of the university’s historic colleges, many of which are normally closed to the public. Spectators can picnic on the grass as they watch the plays, with actors wearing period costumes and Elizabethan music playing.
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