Shakespeare 400

Published on Saturday 23 April, 2016

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On 23 April 1616 at the age of 52, William Shakespeare died leaving a legacy of some of the best-loved works of comedy, drama and history the world has ever known.

This year we’ll be performing Romeo and Juliet in Sheffield, Canterbury, Belfast, Woking, and Bradford to help celebrate this titan of literature’s long-lasting work.

Shakespeare has crossed boundaries of media and performance for a long time, his writing being adapted for novels, films and TV; Romeo and Juliet has been re-imagined as battling gangs in West Side Story and Macbeth evolved into the Corleone family in The Godfather. Even The Tempest has become technicolour science-fiction in Forbidden Planet, while Taming of the Shrew was reworked into both Kiss Me Kate and 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You.

But it is perhaps the most famous of all Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet, which we will bring back to the stage this autumn. With Prokofiev’s timeless music and choreography by Les Ballets de Monte Carlo’s Jean-Christophe Maillot we’re delighted to take this version of Shakespeare’s tale to even more audiences across the country.