From 20th - 30th April, East London is celebrating The Bard’s historic connection to the neighbourhood together with the 400th anniversary of his death. The festival itself brings together four of the UK’s most engaging playwrights with four of London’s most exciting directors - alongside a programme of workshops, film screenings, and talks.
Kick-starting the programme, a newly formed company of Rude Mechanicals have scheduled a world record-breaking tour of Hackney on a ‘medieval pageant wagon’ from April 8th to 18th – performing in ten days the very 1,000 plays written by playwright Annie Jenkins across the ten days of the inaugural festival.
Launching on April 20th, the festival itself is centred around the theme of Storms – and is headlined by four radical reinterpretations of Shakespeare’s plays by four of the UK’s most engaging playwrights (Lulu Raczka, David Watson, Amy Rosenthal, Charlene James) and helmed by four of London’s most exciting directors (Robyn Winfield-Smith, Emma Baggott, Kay Michael, Hannah Bannister).
Written and developed in Shoreditch, the newly-commissioned works all aim to build a connection between new, younger audiences and the world & works of Shakespeare – recruiting life-long fans and followers along the way.
Meanwhile, at the Festival Hub – here at BL-NK, on Curtain Road - a ten-day programme of workshops, film screenings, and talks invites audiences to take shelter from the storm and share their own stories on A Hackney Story Map.
Shakespeare in Shoreditch 2016
Dates April 20th-30th (The Rude Mechanicals from 8th-18th April)