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Shakespeare 2016

Find out about Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's celebrations to mark 400 years of Shakespeare's legacy in 2016.

2016 was the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare death, which was marked in Stratford-upon-Avon and around the world by a series of special projects and events led by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and others. Find out more about some of the celebrations that the Trust lead or was involved with.  

Shakespeare's New Place 

The transformation of Shakespeare’s New Place was the single most significant and enduring Shakespearian project anywhere in the world to celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy

This major new heritage landmark is a permanent, creative celebration of the playwright’s influence, and the Trust invited everyone to become part of the story and the fabric of New Place.
Find out more about Shakespeare's New Place.

Shakespeare Documented - January 2016

Launched in January 2016, Shakespeare Documented is the largest and most authoritative free online public collection of primary-source materials that document William Shakespeare's life and work.

Shakespeare Week: a national celebration - 14-20 March 2016

A nationwide annual celebration organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to give primary school children a great first encounter with Shakespeare – his characters, stories and language. In 2016, 1.5 million children in over 11,000 schools took part. Find out more on our Shakespeare Week website.

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebrations - April 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is a lead partner in the town’s annual festivities to honour its most famous son. The 2016 celebrations also marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Events included two special concerts in Holy Trinity Church where he is buried, featuring music inspired by Shakespeare's works, our annual birthday lecture and a series of creative performances and activities. 

World Shakespeare Congress 2016 - 31 July-6 August 2016

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is delighted to have co-hosted the 10th World Shakespeare Congress, to celebrate Shakespeare's memory and global legacy of his works in 2016. 'Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare' took place in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, 31 July - 6 August 2016.
Find out more about WSC 2016.

Shakespeare Lives

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was a partner organisation contributing to the Shakespeare Lives global programme led by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign. Shakespeare Lives celebrates Shakespeare’s works and his influence on culture, education and society throughout the 400th anniversary of his death. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust projects include a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) exploring the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare on the FutureLearn platform. We have also worked to promote the educational and cultural assets of the UK’s Midlands region to US students, highlighting the humanities study opportunities in the area and the short term study options for school and university groups. This is one strand of a broader programme to promote the Shakespeare-related offer in the Midlands to key overseas markets, in partnership with Shakespeare’s England, Marketing Birmingham and Leicester Shire Promotions, with support from the GREAT UK Challenge Fund.

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