Shakespeare Week Events

This list shows all the Shakespeare themed events taking place across the UK in 2016. This year, 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, we are keeping the events list open to celebrate Shakespeare throughout 2016 not just during Shakespeare Week.

Events for Shakespeare Week 2017 will be listed from November 2016

There are events for schools, for families and for home educators. To see events which might interest you please tick any combination of the boxes below then click ‘search’ to see your filtered list. To change your selection simply select new tick boxes and click ‘search’ againYou can also search by key work using the box on the right.

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The Tempest

A unique opportunity to experience the magical world of one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces. “The Tempest” will be performed as a storytelling, accompanied by haunting music. The performance is delivered by award winning storyteller Maria Whatton and her musician daughter Maya Sinead.

This is suitable for adults, and families with young people aged 10+. It will be a free, ticketed event and tickets will be available soon from Chesterfield Library on 01629 533400.

Suitable for
  • Families
  • Home Educators
  • Public
Date and Time
1st October 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Facilities
Toilets| Disabled Access| Refreshments
Website
http://www.seeingstories.com

A Midsummer Night’s Doodle

Inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, come and join children’s author and illustrator Steve Smallman for a doodle.Learn how to draw some of Shakespeare’s characters and create a frieze for the library.

Suitable for
  • Families
  • Home Educators
  • Public
Date and Time
25th August 2016 13:30 - 15:30pm
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access
Website

A Midsummer Night’s Doodle

Inspired by “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, come and join children’s author and illustrator Steve Smallman for a doodle.Learn how to draw some of Shakespeare’s characters and create a frieze for the library.

Suitable for
  • Families
  • Home Educators
  • Public
Date and Time
25th August 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Facilities
Toilets| Disabled Access
Website

To quote, or not to quote!

To quote or not to quote: celebrating 400 years of the world’s greatest playwright

Libraries across the south east are polling the public to find out our favourite Shakespeare quote and anyone placing a vote can enter a prize draw to win a top prize too!

There is an online poll with 20 of the most popular quotes, or people can enter their very own choice if they prefer. The poll opens on Saturday 16 July and runs over the summer until [...]

Suitable for
  • Families
  • Home Educators
  • Public
  • Schools
Date and Time
Saturday 16 July - Sunday 4 September 2016
Facilities
Disabled Access
Website
https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk/libraries/shakespeare

Story-telling experience with Puck the fairy from a Midsummer Night’s dream

The young participants will start with a craft activity making fairy crowns, donkey ears and magic wands. A story-telling experience with Puck the fairy will follow.

Monday 22 August: Morden Library Mitcham Library Pollards Hill Library

Tuesday 23 August West Barnes Library Raynes Park Library Wimbledon Library

Various times. see www.merton.gov.uk/libraries

Suitable for
  • Families
Date and Time
Monday 22 August and Tuesday 23 August
Facilities
Car Parking
Website

Midsummer Night’s Dream Children’s Workshop

Shakespeare workshop with the Freshwater Theatre Company. Children will love this interactive session where they are introduced t Shakespeare’s work.

Suitable for
  • Families
Date and Time
Wednesday 17 August, 2pm to 3pm
Facilities
Toilets| Disabled Access
Website
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/events/event/4325/freshwater_theatre_company_midsummer_nights_dream

Shakespeare and the 21st-century classroom

Join us this summer for our Reading for Pleasure conference which will bring Shakespeare to life for the 21st-century classroom. Featuring an impressive line-up of authors, practitioners and teachers, this special event begins at the Guardian Education Centre and finishes at the British Library.

The event will be chaired by the Guardian’s Children’s Books Editor, Julia Eccleshare. Malorie Blackman, author of more than 60 books, including the award-winning Noughts And Crosses and former Children’s Laureate, will discuss her latest book, Chasing [...]

Suitable for
  • Home Educators
  • Schools
Date and Time
Fri 1 Jul 2016, 9.15 - 16.00
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access| Refreshments
Website
http://www.bl.uk/events/teachers-shakespeare-and-the-21st-century-classroom

Shakespeare in Ten Acts: Workshops

Experience the theatrical world of Shakespeare!

Led by one of our workshop leaders, sessions will guide students through this rich exhibition, highlighting unique artefacts on display including the only surviving play-script in Shakespeare’s hand, as well as film, props, costume, objects and manuscripts.

Imaginative activities will introduce the stories and language of Shakespeare in a hands-on, accessible way through writing, drawing, discussion and role-play. Students will develop their enjoyment and confidence in talking about some of Shakespeare’s characters, themes and devices and [...]

Suitable for
  • Schools
Date and Time
Fri 15 Apr - Tue 6 Sep 2016
Facilities
Toilets| Car Parking| Disabled Access| Refreshments
Website
http://www.bl.uk/events/primary-shakespeare-workshops

Snappy Shakespeare – One or Two Hour Workshop

This workshop will give your class a fun, interactive overview of one of the following plays: The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth. Our workshop facilitator will work with the group to tell a whistle-stop version of the story before exploring the language and themes of the play through a variety of fun games and exercises.

Suitable for
  • Schools
Date and Time
Available throughout Shakespeare Week and the rest of the year.
Facilities
Disabled Access
Restrictions
Available to schools within the M25. This workshop will take place at your venue and can accommodate up to 30 children from KS1 or KS2. Prices start at £220 for up to two hour-long workshops. To book, please email Jessica Randall, Schools Relationship Officer, jessica@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329.
Website
http://www.polkatheatre.com

Inspired by the Bard – Play in a Day

Using one of Shakespeare’s iconic plays as a starting point, your class will work together to create an original piece of theatre to perform at the end of the day. This can be based on themes, characters or elements of the story from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth or The Tempest. The workshop will give students a lively introduction to Shakespeare, encourage teamwork and develop performance skills.

Suitable for
  • Schools
Date and Time
Available throughout Shakespeare Week and the rest of the year.
Facilities
Disabled Access
Restrictions
Available to schools within the M25. The workshop will be held at your school and can accommodate up to 30 children. Cost £420. To enquire, please email Jessica Randall, Schools Relationship Officer, jessica@polkatheatre.com or call 020 8545 8329.
Website
http://www.polkatheatre.com