Shakespeare 400

"Shakeapeare400 is a consortium of leading cultural, creative, and educational organisations, coordinated by King's College London, which will mark 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, partners will celebrate the legacy of Shakespeare during the quatercentenary year."

Go to the Shakespeare400 site.

The Wonder of Will, Folger Shakespeare Library

Join us in 2016 for The Wonder of Will, celebrating Shakespeare and his extraordinary legacy through special events, exhibitions, performances, and more—online, at the Folger, and across the United States!

Got to the Folger's Wonder of Will site.

Shakespeare 400 Perth Festival

"To bring a worldwide milestone celebration to Perth, 400 years after the death of England’s most celebrated playwright and dramatist.

Our vision is to modernise William Shakespeare in today’s society and to pay tribute to his achievements. Shakespeare was a contemporary professional and a highly respected man of the dramatic arts. Our vision is that this contemporary and respected nature is recognised and celebrated today, 400 years after his passing.

Whilst the festival will be stretched across multiple events, in multiple stages across a wide demographic of participants, one of our main visions is focused on education and history. We seek to educate the younger demographic and students of today through education-focused performances, reflecting on the history and story of one of the world’s most recognised artists."

Go to the Shakespeare400 Perth Festival site.

Shakespeare 400 Chicago and City Desk 400

"Shakespeare 400 Chicago is a yearlong international arts festival in 2016 celebrating the vibrancy, relevance and reach of Shakespeare. As the world commemorates the four hundred years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616, Shakespeare 400 Chicago will engage more than 500,000 Chicagoans and visitors to our City through 850 events. Spearheaded by Chicago Shakespeare Theater with leading support from the Julius Frankel Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, this quadricentennial celebration is anticipated to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive celebration of Shakespeare’s enduring legacy."

Go to the Shakespeare 400 Chicago site.


"City Desk 400, a site of stimulating discussion among thirty scholars from nine different Illinois universities about the plethora of performances that took place over the course of 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s legacy. Organized by Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare 400 Chicago brought together performing artists from around the world for 863 events across 231 locations across the city, presented by sixty local cultural and creative organizations. The scholars writing for City Desk 400 help contextualize these performances with lively discussion of and commentary upon them."

Go to the City Desk 400 site.

University of Ottawa Shakespeare Celebrations


"The year 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), “Man of the Millennium (Time magazine, 2000).    The most translated and performed playwright in the world, Shakespeare continues to live in theatre, literature, music, opera, ballet, art, and popular culture around the world. Translated, appropriated, lauded, confronted, attacked, and sometimes pointedly ignored, Shakespeare is more than an author.  His works carry various (often contradictory) meanings in different cultures.   As a form of cultural Esperanto – a common “language” shared among many nationalities –, Shakespeare has also become an instantly recognizable “brand.”

Shakespeare 400 will be a wide variety of activities and events at the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2016 subsumed under the general theme of “Shakespeare’s afterlife”  — that is, the way in which Shakespeare has influenced, inspired, offended or otherwise affected a wide spectrum of disciplinary fields —  and culminating in special events on 23 April, traditionally accepted as both Shakespeare’s birth and death date."

Go to the UOttawa Shakespeare Celebrations site.

2016 Shanghai International Shakespeare Festival


The festival takes place in Shanghai, China, from September 11-17, 2016. Co-hosts in Shanghai include the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the Shanghai Theatre Academy and the Chinese Dramatists Society.

The week-long festival is designed to commemorate Shakespeare and to celebrate cultural exchange. It will feature local and international troupes (applications are open to professional companies as well as amateur theatre groups). The participants are also invited to attend a forum on 'Experiencing Shanghai and China', which will focus on Shakespeare and contemporary China as well as Shakespeare and cultural change.                     

Go to the 2016 Shanghai International Shakespeare Festival site.

Shakespeare 400 | Melbourne Celebrates Shakespeare's Death


On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the University of Melbourne celebrates the legacy of the world’s most revered poet and playwright with a series of public lectures, exhibitions, performances and screenings, master classes and workshops.

Go to the Melbourne Celebrates Shakespeare's Death site.

“Shakespeare 400e” A Celebration of Shakespeare and/in Montreal

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Cornelius Krieghoff, Montreal Shakespeare Club, 1847 (McCord Museum)

As part of the global celebrations of Shakespeare’s life and works throughout 2016, the city of Montreal and its partners are proud to announce the following events to commemorate the quadricentenial of Shakespeare’s death, June 10 – 13.

Go to the Shakespeare 400e site.

We Are Shakespeare Digital Film Festival, University of Notre Dame


"In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s legacy (1616-2016), the Shakespeare Theatre Association and Shakespeare at Notre Dame invite you to commemorate the impact his works have had on your life. Play a role in the global Legacy 400 celebrations by submitting a short performance, testimonial, or other digital artwork inspired by the world’s greatest dramatist!

Additionally, if you or your organization are planning any productions, readings, or other events to celebrate Shakespeare in 2016, please add them to our map at 400 Dreams: Shakespeare Around the Globe."

Go to the We Are Shakespeare site.

Asian Shakespeare Association & Biennial Conference


"Asia has affected the study and performance of Shakespeare, in Asia and around the world. This calls for a collective effort--increasing exchanges and collaborations among Asian Shakespeareans, and between Asia and the rest of the world. But given the vastness and diversity of Asia, the richness of its scholarship and theatres, we can, should, and must do more. Responding to the call by Bi-qi Beatrice Lei to establish a formal association, scholars, artists, and students across the globe signed up to help found the Asian Shakespeare Association, a non-profit, non-government organization dedicated to researching, producing, teaching, translating, and promoting Shakespeare from an Asian perspective.

Ratified by the generally elected Executive Committee, our Constitution details the ASA’s mission, governance, and membership. The ASA currently has over 400 members, representing Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The ASA holds biannual conferences in Asian locations. The second ASA conference (‘All the World is his Stage: Shakespeare Today’) will go to Delhi, 1-3 December 2016. Performances at the conference include: I Don’t Like It/ As You Like It (English) Directed by Rajat Kapoor, Hamlet (in Hindi) Directed by K. Madavane, and Dying to Succeed (English), a solo performance by Yuki Ellias."

Go to the Asian Shakespeare Association site.

Shakespeare Lives, British Council


"Shakespeare Lives is an unprecedented global programme of events and activities celebrating William Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016.

It is an invitation to the world to join in the festivities by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of Shakespeare directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools.

It will run throughout 2016, exploring Shakespeare as a living writer who still speaks for all people and nations."

Go to the Shakespeare Lives site.

8th Beijing Fringe Festival


"The 8th Beijing Fringe Festival, which features 12 Shakespeare dramas and various competitions and exhibitions, is expected to kick off this September.

As introduced by Meng Jinghui - art director of the festival, the 12 plays, among which are HamletKing Lear, and As You Like It, were produced to pay tribute to William Shakespeare to mark his 400th year anniversary.

Several young Chinese drama directors will grace the festival with their Shakespeare productions, such as Chinese mainland director Li Ning and Hong Kong director Junda Huang, who will bring Othello and Kiss respectively to the festival. The latter is a novel adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s sonnets.

As reported, this year's festival has a special feature, where innovative drama presentations will be staged. The other two highlights of the festival are an art installation of the stage scenes, and a cartoon exhibition featuring works by young artists Mao Bing and Li Ang.

The 12 plays will be on show at Fengchao Theatre, the small theatre in National Theatre of China, Juying Theatre, 9 Theatre and Tianqiao Theatre.

Activities include performances, exhibitions, cartoon shows and readings."