There are certain birthdays which really are worth celebrating, and with William Shakespeare hitting 450 in 2014, the whole country is planning to pull out all the stops to make sure his milestone year goes off with a bang.
Nowhere is this more true than in the capital, as even though the man himself was in fact born in Stratford Upon Avon (not to be confused with Stratford in East London), it was in London that he really made a name for himself.
The Globe Theatre, on the South Bank of the Thames, provided the stage for many of the legendary bard’s most famous productions when he was alive, and continues to play host to performances of his greatest plays today.
Shakespeare fans have been heading to the venue for centuries to see renditions of his shows, although this year is set to be extra special at the Globe, with a range of unique productions being staged.
Before all of that though, a brand new indoor theatre called the Wanamaker Playhouse will be opening at the Globe this month – to complement its iconic open-air stage – named after the man who founded the venue itself.
Among the shows set to play this year are the likes of Julius Caesar, A Comedy of Errors and Anthony and Cleopatra, while a new production of Hamlet will be touring the world throughout 2014 in celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th year, and will begin its adventure at the Globe on April 23rd.
On top of this, the hugely popular V&A Museum in South Kensington will be holding a new exhibition entitled Shakespeare: Our Greatest Living Playwright, from February 8th to September 28th.
The display will provide an insight into the legacy of Britain’s most famous writer, examining how his works continue to have an impact on global culture.