All the world’s a stage

All the world’s a stage

To mark 400 years of Shakespeare’s work, this year Trinity Theatre will be celebrating the playwright…

While he might not be to everyone’s taste, there is no denying that William Shakespeare is arguably one of the most world-renowned playwrights of all time and 2016 sees a year-long celebration of his 400th anniversary through many different mediums.

Whether it is a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of the Bard, attending one of the many events in London, at the Globe or other venues throughout the city, there is a wealth of opportunities being organised under the aptly titled ‘Shakespeare400’ banner. But you needn’t look so far afield to join the celebrations of this great British icon as many venues throughout Kent will be doing their bit to celebrate his works; some taking place right here in Tunbridge Wells.

Trinity Theatre has a range of different pieces taking place that celebrate the varying work of Shakespeare.The Royal Shakespeare Company will be screening three performances throughout the year. Hamlet (Wed Jun 8), Cymbeline (Wed Sep 28) and King Lear (Wed Oct 12) all highlight how dramatic presentation has adapted in this modern age of technology.

Each of these shows will be transmitted live from Stratford-upon-Avon via satellite – increasing the reach of theatre beyond the usual limitations of an auditoriums capacity or the geography of where you are in the country. These live broadcasts are accompanied by a pre-recorded transmission of Romeo & Juliet (Thu Jul 7) from The Garrick courtesy of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company.

Branagh himself directs Richard Madden (Game of Thrones), Lily James (Downton Abbey) and Sir Derek Jacobi also appears in the role of Mercutio. Even the distinguished Glyndebourne will be joining the celebrations by screening Hector Berlioz’s opera Béatrice et Bénédict (Tue Aug 9) which is a sparkling take on Much Ado About Nothing.

Cat’s Grin Theatre will be bringing Shakespeare and his plays to a new generation with their ever popular theatrefor children. Shakespeare For Juniors (Fri Jun 19) is aimed at seven to 11 year olds featuring their own adaptations of The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream which makes for the perfect companion to those doing Key Stage 2 at school.

The local Trinity Theatre Company will also be celebrating the heralded work of Shakespeare with their performance of the sexually fuelled and darkly comic Measure for Measure (Tue July 12 to Saturday July 16), proving that even after 400 years he is still able to shock and entertain.

Four centuries has not reflected poorly on the Bard’s work, if anything, it has gone from strength to strength in that time as proven by how his work is perceived today and the varied adaptations presented to us. Whether it is opera, theatre, comedy or children’s entertainment, the work of Shakespeare resounds with varying audiences from all walks of life.

For all screen and live performance listings and prices, please visit www.trinitytheatre.net or call the Trinity Theatre Box Office on 01892 678 678.