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Shakespeare screening on the Thames-bringing the Bard to the present


Buskers under Blackfriars Bridge Image: Harriet Onyett

Shakespeare is not only a British playwright, he is the playwright of the world.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

President Obama was in London on Saturday 23rd April and went to Shakespeare’s iconic Globe theatre on the banks of the river Thames.

Events on 23rd April, the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, at his place of birth and burial, Stratford-Upon-Avon took an interesting turn when Prince Charles took to the stage.

Throughout the weekend there’ve been 37 screens placed along the Thames in London each showing a different Shakespeare play.

The Complete Walk ran a distance of 2.5 miles from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge on the south side of the river.

Meg Coombs is an actor who took part in one of the screenings:


The screens overlooking St.Paul’s Image: Harriet Onyett

Helen and her family had just finished watching The Comedy of Errors and were on their way to Richard II:

Fiona and Grace were taking their lunch hour to see as many plays as they could:

Each screen showed a different Shakespeare play. The films were a mixture of theatre and film performances of the plays.

This year, 2016, the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death, sees numerous celebrations to bring Shakespeare and his work into the present.

These events are taking place throughout London and the world.

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