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A season of content made glorious by cultural partnerships

Posted on 21/02/2013

Principal Professor Rick Trainor, Deborah Bull and Professor Gordon McMullan with representatives from partner cultural organisations.

Leading cultural organisations have signed a letter of intent to confirm their partnership with King’s in a co-ordinated season of events for the Shakespeare quatercentenary in 2016.

The letter of intent was signed at an event held at King’s last night and confirmed the collaborative partnership between King’s and leading cultural organisations. The ceremony represented the beginning of Shakespeare400, a consortium of some of the UK’s leading cultural, creative and educational institutions, co-ordinated by King’s, which will celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Through a connected series of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative activities in the capital and beyond, partner institutions will celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare during the quatercentenary year.

The signing event was introduced by Professor Sir Rick Trainor, Principal of King’s, with addresses by Professor Gordon McMullan, London Shakespeare Centre, and Deborah Bull, Executive Director, King’s Cultural Institute. Artistic Directors, CEOs and many representatives from the partner cultural organisations gathered to mark the occasion.

Professor McMullan said: ‘We are delighted to be working with world-class cultural partners to celebrate the profound impact of 400 years of Shakespeare. In 1916, King’s, through the work of Professor Sir Israel Gollancz, led the way for the tercentenary celebrations, out of which emerged the National Theatre; and the College looks forward to again facilitating a London season with worldwide impact for 2016.’

Underpinned by the research and expertise of London Shakespeare Centre at King’s and facilitated by King’s Cultural Institute, the Shakespeare400 season will run from April to September 2016. The season of events will include performances, exhibitions, educational and participatory events which will emphasise the pivotal role of London in the public understanding of the works of Shakespeare.

Partners currently include Barbican, British Library, City of London Festival, Glyndebourne, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Royal Society of Literature, Shakespeare’s Globe, Southbank Sinfonia and The National Archives.

Deborah Bull, Executive Director, King’s Cultural Institute, said: ‘We’re very pleased to be collaborating with the London Shakespeare Centre on Shakespeare400, a project that combines the Institute’s work in exchanging knowledge and presenting practice under a single umbrella. I’m delighted that so many significant partners – some longstanding and some new to King’s – have committed to working with us to ensure that Shakespeare’s quatercentenary is marked appropriately – for as wide an audience as possible and in a way that doesn’t only commemorate the past, but that also celebrates the present and heralds the future.’

The London Shakespeare Centre at King’s builds on the College’s external partnerships, including those with Shakespeare’s Globe and the British Library, and with London-based theatre directors, companies and artists’ advisers. The Centre offers a range of specialist academic programmes as well as summer schools and short courses to develop Shakespeare studies beyond the academic community.

King’s Cultural Institute provides leadership across the College to extend and enrich its collaborative activities with artists, arts professionals, cultural organisations, creative industries and cultural policy makers. It creates a distinctive first point of engagement for the cultural sector and enhanced, specialist support for King’s academics wishing to explore conversations and collaborations with individual artists and cultural organisations. By facilitating access to the College’s research expertise and multi-disciplinary strength across its many Schools, it generates new forms of engagement and collaboration, tests new ideas, stimulates new partnerships and reaches out to new audiences.

Find out more about the London Shakespeare Centre.

Find out more about King’s Cultural Institute.

For further media information please contact Anna Mitchell, PR Manager (Arts & Sciences), on or 020 7848 3092.

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