On the 23rd April 1616, William Shakespeare, who was already considered a great writer by his contemporaries, died at the age of 52. Perhaps most famous for his plays, Shakespeare was also known as a poet, actor and owner of his own playing company. Little is known about his personal life, but he lives on through some of his best known works. Works that have been re-written and re-produced countless times; from Michael Fassbender’s recent Macbeth, to numerous school plays, to contemporary tv series- Shakespeare still lives and breathes among us.
Here, at York Petergate, we’re also celebrating the event, with our Shakespeare themed window display and wide selection of Shakespearian books on offer. Highlights from our display include the “Graphic Shakespeare series” and the Bill Bryson’s “Shakespeare”. If you are looking for something a little more special, then our ABE Books and Oxfam Online shop offer some beautiful early 20th century copies of his Sonnets. The city of York also has a variety of Shakespearian themed events on offer, starting in April and continuing throughout the Spring/Summer period.
Waterstone’s York- Waterstone’s York is hosting a selection of events from the 22nd to the 23rd of April. The 22nd will see a cinema screening of Kenneth Branagh’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at 19:20, followed by a Shakespeare filled Saturday starting at 10:00. The Saturday will celebrate the bard’s life with quizzes and competitions and is sure to be a lot of fun.
York Shakespeare Project- York’s Shakespeare Project aims to put on all of Shakespeare’s known plays in 20 years, and is currently performing Pericles, Prince of Tyre, which began on Tuesday 19th April until Saturday 23rd. Tickets can be bought from the York Theatre Royal Box Office (01904 623568) or online here.
The Tempest: York Theatre Royal- The Tempest is being presented by The York Shakespeare Cluster, on the Tuesday 10th May. In this unique performance, eight schools perform a different act of the play, making for a special and intriguing take on this classic story. Click here for more details on this event.
The Merry Wives: York Theatre Royal- This comedic play, performed by the Northern Broadsides, is perfect for those who are busy over Shakespeare’s anniversary weekend, but still want to join in the celebration, if slightly late. For more information on the Merry Wives, please click here.
Yorkshire Shakespeare Festival- From the 8-17 May York’s International Shakespeare Festival is home to puppet shows, events, public talks and stage productions. The University of York will host a selection of talks from Shakespearean scholars along with exhibitions and stage plays. The city of York will also host a variety of events with beautiful venues such as the Museum Gardens and St. Olave’s Church. For more information on the festival, then follow the link provided here.