Shakespeare 400

2016 is an exciting year in Shakespeare studies and performance, as we commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Now is the perfect time to think of taking yourself or your students to one of the many events that are taking place in Sydney and other parts of Australia as part of the global Shakespeare 400 festival. Below is our pick of what is scheduled:

CULTURE CLUB at Sydney Opera House - March 16

In March the culture club gathers to ask the question: if Shakespeare were alive today, what would he write about, and for whom?

Join Bell Shakespeare's new Artistic Director, Peter Evans, as well as Sport For Jove's Damien Ryan and actor Michelle Doake as they discuss a series of 'what if's in the world of the Bard:
- What would Shakespeare make of the 21st century?
- What can modern-day audiences get out of his plays?
- If Shakespeare were alive today, what would he be writing, and who would be his desired audience?

For more information visit the culture club website:


During Term 2, Sport for Jove are hosting a competition across all schools in NSW, with opportunity to submit works in the categories of duologues, group scenes, dance or movement pieces, music, costumes and set designs to represent your school. Relevant to a wide range of subject areas from English and Drama through to Music and Visual Arts, there is sure to be something for all of your students to take part in.

You can find out more on Sport for Jove's website:


Take your Preliminary students or recommend them to the cinema for a great experience of Shakespeare's fabulous comedy, As You Like It, being played by London's National Theatre for the first time in 30 years with Rosalie Craig as Rosalind. The show is screening during March in a range of locations including Circular Quay, Newtown, Parramatta and Cremorne.

Book tickets here:


As part of the British Shakespeare 400 festival Guardian UK has commissioned a series of short videos of renowned British actors performing famous soliloquies and speeches from Shakespeare's plays. This is a fantastic resource to introduce to your students and includes speeches from HSC set texts, such as Hamlet's soliloquy number 4, 'to be or not to be'

You can check it out here:


Shakespeare's Globe in London has recently made some of their recent productions available on The Globe On Demand player, including The Tempest, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream. This is a fantastic resource for you to watch or show to your students to expose them to a style of performance designed to work in the replica Globe theatre space.

Have a look for yourself (note: subscription required):


There are many great shows happening in Sydney during 2016, and here is our pick of the highlights:

Hamlet directed by Damien Ryan, playing as part of Sport For Jove's Education Season in May
   Parramatta Riverside Theatre:
   The Seymour Centre:

Twelfth Night directed by Eamon Flack, playing at Belvoir from 23 July - 4 September

Othello directed by Peter Evans, playing as part of Bell Shakespeare's 2016 Season in October. See Bell Shakespeare's website for regional touring dates:

Much Dell'Arte About Nothing is a hilarious mash-up of Shakespearean commedy in the style of Commedia Dell'Arte playing at Monkey Baa Theatre in Darling Harbour, as well as Parramatta Riverside Theatre and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. Performed by Matriark Theatre, this is sure to be a blast and will be informative of the style of comedy that influenced Shakespeare's work. See Monkey Baa's Website for more information:


What a great year it is shaping up to be! If you have any other ideas of the best Shakespearean performances going on this year in Sydney, feel free to add to the comments.