Shakespeare400 was a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London that together created a season of events during 2016 to celebrate four hundred years of Shakespeare. This site, hosted by central coordinating partner King’s College London, brings together reviews, recordings and commentary on everything that took place across 2016 under the Shakespeare400 banner.

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On Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration

First published in 1609, Shakespeare’s sonnets are among the most accomplished and absorbing poems in the English language. They are also some of the most beloved with continued readings, recitations, and reprints fortifying Shakespeare’s claim in Sonnet 60: “My verse shall stand”.

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Exhibition

Shakespeare in Ten Acts

Review by Margot Cadic, BA European Studies. Introduced on the 15th April 2016, the exhibition Shakespeare in Ten Acts was displayed until the 6th September 2016 at the British Library. The exhibition defines itself as a journey through 400 years of theatre history, whilst maintaining as focal theme the exploration of ten performances of William Shakespeare’s work.

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Performance

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation

Review by Natalia Fantetti, BA English. Part of a nationwide tour, this production combined eighteen RSC professional actors and fourteen amateur theatre companies from around the UK.

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Talk

Exploring the Sonnets

Review by Abby Draycott. The esteemed Sir Brian Vickers led an evening at Senate House dedicated to exploring Shakespeare’s sonnets, ensuring an erudite and illuminating occasion. Joined by renowned actors Edward Fox, Joanna David and Dominic West, each with firm Shakespearean roots,

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