Celebrating Shakespeare’s life and legacy in 2016

Shakespeare portrait (PRO 30/25/205)

The National Archives will join 23 of London’s leading cultural, creative and educational organisations in celebrating the life and influence of William Shakespeare throughout 2016, to mark the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

A launch event for the Shakespeare400 consortium was held at King’s College London on Monday 18 November. The group, coordinated by King’s, will showcase Shakespeare’s creative achievements, his profound influence on culture across the centuries and the impact of his works on a wide range of artistic forms.

The National Archives’ Records Specialist Dr Katy Mair joined a panel featuring King’s Culture and Engagement Assistant Principal Deborah Bull, London Shakespeare Centre Director Professor Gordon McMullan and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare’s Globe, to discuss some of the events being planned and the benefits of collaborative working.

Representatives from organisations including the Royal Opera House, British Library, London Symphony Orchestra and the British Film Institute were invited to the Great Hall at King’s Strand campus to share ideas and talk about some of their event programmes which will be added to the Shakespeare400 website in the coming months.

The National Archives’ own exciting plans for marking the 400th anniversary include an exhibition with King’s exploring Shakespeare’s life in London, as well as talks and events during the year. Many of the 120 documents held by The National Archives that witness the playwright’s life, and the establishment of early theatres in London, will be the focus of exploration and discovery throughout 2016.

For further information about Shakespeare400, visit www.shakespeare400.org.

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