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King's Shakespeare Festival 2016

Throughout 2016, the London Shakespeare Centre will present talks, debates, performances, film screenings and much more, as part of Shakespeare 400, a consortium of leading cultural, creative and educational institutions in and around London, together creating a season of events during 2016 to celebrate four hundred years of Shakespeare.

The London Shakespeare Centre is one of the many Research Centres supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI).


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Thursday 20 October 2016, 19.00
Still Shakespeare - Animated shorts screening & talk
Nash Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus
A screening of 5 short animated films, commissioned by King's College London and Film London for Shakespeare 400, inspired by some of Shakespeare's best loved plays. Followed by a talk with some of the artists.
Part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2016: Play
Booking will open in September.

Friday 21 October 2016, 18.00
Sprung from Shakespeare - Schools poetry competition winners' event
Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus
Our schools poetry competition, held as part of the Shakespeare400 Widening Participation project, asked students to write a poem in response to a Shakespeare sonnet. Join us to hear the winners recite their poems and celebrate their achievement. 
Part of the Arts & Humanities Festival 2016: Play
Booking will open in September.

Tuesday 29 November 2016, 19.00
Brazil Ensemble Performance - "Canções Cortesãs"
St David's Room, King's Building, Strand Campus
Inspired by Shakespeare's sonnets, a performance by the King's Brazil Ensemble of music composed especially for the King's Shakespeare Festival, by renowned Brazilian composer Harry Crowl. The sonnets are sung in Portuguese translation.
Booking will open in September.

Past events

3 February - 29 May 2016
By Me William Shakespeare
An exhibition, co-curated by The National Archives and the London Shakespeare Centre at King's, exploring what Shakespeare's will and other unique documents tell us about Shakespeare.
Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing 

Thursday 11 - Sunday 14 February 2016

King's Shakespeare Festival Weekend

Thursday 11 February, 19.00-20.30
On Shakespeare's Sonnets - A Poets' Celebration
An evening to celebrate the publication of the anthology, On Shakespeare's Sonnets: A Poets' Celebration, edited by Hannah Crawforth and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann, with poems by Carol Ann Duffy, Paul Muldoon, Simon Armitage, Jo Shapcott and many others. 
Great Hall, King's Building, Strand Campus

Thursday 11 February, 20.30-21.30
A Celebration of Shakespeare in 20th Century Music 
Ashley Riches (baritone) and Emma Abbate (piano) perform a selection of Shakespeare songs.
Strand Campus

Friday 12 February, 17.00-18.00
Remembering and forgetting in 1916: the Shakespeare Tercentenary and the First World War
A lecture by Professor Gordon McMullan, Director of the London Shakespeare Centre
Strand Campus 

Friday 12 February, 18.00-19.00
Digital Shakespeare
In this talk Jonathan Hope, Professor of Literary Linguistics at Strathclyde University, explores how simple digital techniques can confirm, and challenge, things we think we know about Shakespeare, through analysis of the texts.
Strand Campus

Friday 12 February, 19.30-20.30
The Year of Shakespeare: The Writing Life
A Q&A with renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, in conversation with Gordon McMullan
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 13.00-15.00
Domestic Shakespeare: Lecture and Performance Workshop
A lecture by Lena Cowen Orlin, on 'The Second-Best Bed'  followed by an exploration by professional actors and King's academics of the glimpses we see of Shakespeare's life through the brief records he left behind.
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 15.00-16.00
Still Shakespeare: Artists' Short Animations
A presentation of five artists' short animated films, in development, inspired by Shakespeare's mst famous plays. Presented by Film London
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 16.00-17.00
Making Hamlet New 
Ann Thompson and Neil Taylor describe the critical reception their original edition provoked. Their talk will be illustrated by actors performing excerpts from the play in its various texts. 
Strand Campus 

Saturday 13 February, 17.00-18.30
States of mind: Tom O'Bedlam and Early Modern Attitudes to Mental Health
A multidisciplinary reflection on the character Tom O'Bedlam in song, history and lived experience. 
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 19.00-20.00
Marjorie Garber: Desperately Seeking Shakespeare
Acclaimed Shakespeare scholar Marjorie Garber talks about the quest to find something about Shakespeare that would explain his astonishing accomplishment. 
Strand Campus

Saturday 13 February, 20.00-21.00
'I love a ballad' - Shakespeare Songs in the 19th Century 
An evening of song and scholarship with Oskar Cox Jensen. 
Council Room, Strand Campus

Sunday 14 February, 15.00-17.00
Shakespeare's Sister Performance
A staged reading of a new play by Emma Whipday imagining the problems that would face a woman playwright in Shakespeare's London, marking publication of the play by Samuel French.
Strand Campus

Sunday 14 February, 18.00-19.00
David Scott Kastan: Shakespeare's Will
A lecture by renowned Shakespearean and Yale Professor Kastan reflecting on the materials in the 'By Me William Shakespeare' exhibition.
Strand Campus

Sunday 14 February, 19.30-21.00
Simon Russell Beale in Conversation
Acclaimed Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale in conversation with Sonia Massai 
Strand Campus

February-May 2016 (open during campus hours)
Shakespeare in 1916
Entrance Hall Cabinets, Strand campus
This exhibition highlights how Shakespeare was remembered in 1916 and how he was studied, including materials from the SKeat and Furnival collections. 

Friday 26 February, 18.00-20.30
In Nature's Mystery More Science: 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'
Lucas Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
The Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences presents a screening of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (inspired by Hamlet) with a post-screening talk, exploring science in Shakespeare. 
Currently open to KCL staff and students. 

Friday 11- Saturday 12 March 2016
Beaumont400 Conference and Performance 
Friday 11 - Saturday 12 March
Beaumont400 Conference
Guildhall Library and Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus

Saturday 12 March, 19.30-21.30
A performance of The Woman Hater 
Chapel, Strand Campus 

Tuesday 15 March 2016, 18.00
Shakespeare and the Law Moot
Inner Temple
Bear witness to a mock Shakespearean court case, as students of the Law School at King's present their arguments. Arbitrators will be Lord Judge, Lady Justice Arden and Dean David Caron.
Cost: £15 (free to KCL students) - book via our estore

Wednesday 16 March 2016, 18.00-20.30
In Nature's Mystery More Science: 'Forbidden Planet'
Lucas Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus
The Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences presents a screening of Forbidden Planet (based on the Tempest) with a post screening talk, exploring science in Shakespeare..
Currently open to KCL staff and students. 

Saturday 16 April 2016
Shakespeare's Musical Brain Conference 
Great Hall, Strand Campus
The conference looks at the relationship between words and music in aesthetic and scientific terms.
Sunday 8 May 2016, 15.00 - 17.00
Multilingual Shakespeare Mash-up: It’s easy to mingle when you’re multilingual
Anatomy Museum, King's Building, Strand Campus
The Swiss Stage Bards (University of Fribourg) perform extracts from The Merchant of VeniceLove's Labours Lost, and Henry V. 

Saturday 11 June 2016, 14.50 - 15.30
Shakespeare: Print & Performance
Council Room, Strand Campus
Launch event to celebrate our new free online course, for those wishing to get a flavour of Shakespeare studies at KIng's.
Part of Alumni Weekend, but open to all.

Tuesday 21 June 2016, 18.00
Lucie Skeaping presents 'Singing Simpkin' & 'The Humour of John Swabber' - two short bawdy comedies with music
Council Room, King's Building, Strand Campus
A semi staged performance in period costume, introduced by Lucie Skeaping (presenter of BBC Radio Three's Early Music Show and co-author of Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs) and Tamsin Lewis (director of Passamezzo)

Thursday 21 - Friday 22 July 2016, 19.30
1616 - The Secrets and Passions of William Shakespeare 
Greenwood Theatre, Guy's Campus 
Transatlantyk2 present their acclaimed new one-man play, which dramatically recreates Shakespeare’s life, loves and works.

Sunday 31 July - Saturday 6 August 2016
World Shakespeare Congress: Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare
The 2016 World Shakespeare Congress – four hundred years after the playwright’s death – will celebrate Shakespeare’s memory and the global cultural legacy of his works.
Stratford-upon-Avon and London 

Friday 5 - Tuesday 9 August 2016
Hamlet at Elsinore Castle 1816-2016
Anatomy Museum, King's Building, Strand Campus
The exhibition celebrates and narrates the tradition of performing Shakespeare at Elsimore Castle in Denmark, and includes archive material and photos illustrating the story of Hamlet 'on location' since the 19th century.
Free to attend, no need to book.

Thursday 16 June - Saturday 24 September 2016
(Monday - Friday, 9.30-17.00, Saturday 10.00-18.00)
'The very age and body of the time': Shakespeare's world 
Weston Room, Maughan Library, Chancery Lane 
Exhibition of archive material looking at different aspects of Shakespeare's world, including Shakespeare's London, the New World, Medicine and Religion.
Free to attend, no need to book.

Wednesday 21 September 2016, 18.30
Ninagawa x Shakespeare
Safra Lecture Theatre, King's Building. Strand Campus
An illistrated talk by Yuriko Akishima, exploring the Shakespeare adaptations of renowned theatre director Yukio Ninagawa.
Free to attend, booking required.

Tuesday 4 October 2016, 18.00
Shakespearean Evensong
Chapel, King's Building, Strand Campus
A Shakespearean themed evensong, with the choir of King's College London, presenting music that would ahve been heard in church services during Shakespeare's day.
Free to attend, no need to book.

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