interviews with key contemporary practitioners, Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright (February 8 – September 28, 2014) examines how Shakespeare’s plays have travelled across centuries and continents to be used as a springboard for theatrical re-imaginings and interpretation.
London Walks, Shakespeare’s and Dickens’s London
London Walks takes Shakespeare and Dickens fans back in time visiting half-timbered Elizabethan dwellings and the early 16th-century gatehouse where the Bard went with his plays to the offices of the Elizabethan Master of the Revels.Despite the ravages of time, traces of their London are still well and truly there for all to see.
The Rose Theatre
When it was erected in 1587, The Rose was only the fifth purpose-built theatre in London, and the first on Bankside – an area already rich in other leisure attractions such as brothels, gaming dens and bear-baiting arenas.
Shakespeare’s plays performed at the theatre included Henry VI part I and Titus Andronicus. Once The Globe was built, the Rose disappeared into history in 1603. In 1989 the archaeological site of the Rose was discovered and since then a long campaign to rebuild the theatre has been underway.
Theatre goers can visit the Rose every Saturday or go and see one of the productions including Shakespeare’s Richard III (1 – 26 April 2014).
Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre
Seven times Academy Award winning film Shakespeare in Love is to be adapted for the stage and will start its run at the Noel Coward Theatre in the summer of 2014.
Preview performances of this theatre premiere begin in early July, with box office bookings starting in February.
The play will tell the tale of how, plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth I herself, into the drama and inspires him to write one of the greatest love stories of all time, Romeo and Juliet.