ARTFARM’s Shakespeare400 Passport – Happening all spring

To honor the Quatercentenary, ARTFARM has joined with Russell Library and Middlesex Community College to create the Shakespeare400 Passport. Along with 9 other partners, such as Elm Shakespeare and Yale Repertory Theatre, New Englanders can see performances by presenters across the state of Connecticut. Ten stamps in your Passport could win you prizes.

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Project 38 – April 14-18

From April 14-18, 2016 the Cincinnati community will get to experience amazing student performances at a free festival in Washington Park and The Woodward Theater. There will be a myriad of events going on throughout the festival that bring all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays to life in many ways including: 18 projects feature performances of exclusively Shakespearean text, 6 incorporate music, 3 are explored with dance, 13 incorporate filmmaking, 8 groups have used the visual arts, 16 groups have created a piece of original work, 2 have done research projects, and 1 is even told through computer animation! There will be prizes, activities and educational materials available throughout. 

American Shakespeare Center’s Block Party – April 23

Shakespeare’s Block Party is acelebration of the 400th year of his legacy and his 452nd birthday that will bring the whole town of Staunton to its feet with a family-friendly party unlike any other.  There will be live music, actors, vendors, food, drinks, and loads of special Shakespeare entertainment you can only get from the American Shakespeare Center.  Admission is free, and everyone is invited to come learn more about and celebrate the most influential playwright of all time.



Bard on the Beach’s Will’s Wake – April 23

It’s the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and Bard is hosting a wake at the BMO Theatre Centre.  Will’s Wake will include a pre-show hors d’oeuvres reception, followed by on-stage readings and music by some favorite Bard actors. The evening will end with live music by Jeff Gladstone & The Bad Ideas. Join in the fun as we celebrate the legacy of the greatest English playwright of all time




Kingsmen Shakespeare’s Anniversary Party 400/20 – April 23

Kingsmen Shakespeare Company is celebrating 20 years of presenting professional classic theater by hosting a special, community-inclusive Bard-Day bash to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's life and works! The festivities will commence on Sat. 4/23/16 and conclude with a reception on Sun. 4/24/16, Overton Hall on the campus of California Lutheran University. We're planning table readings, a sonnet marathon, famous scene mashups (extempore, from our mother wit, of course), games and more. This event will be live streamed or come by the event.

Tulane University’s Jazz Funeral – May 9

The traveling First Folio exhibition opens on May 9 at the Newcomb Art Museum with a Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare, conducted by Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band. The First Folio will be on display through May 31, 2016.

On April 23, 2016, Tulane University will bring New Orleans's own unique cultural contribution, a Jazz Funeral, to the anniversary parade in Stratford. Complete with music provided by The Wendell Brunious Band, this special parade will join Stratford's formal procession to honor and remember the greatest playwright and poet the world has known. According to Bruce Raeburn, Director of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane and Head of Special Collections in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, jazz funerals are rooted in West African and European traditions and are “probably the most appropriate way that New Orleans musicians can honor a person of value. They are alternately slow and dirge-like, energetic and celebratory of life."

Seoul Shakespeare Company’s Much Ado About Nothing – May 21

Much Ado About Nothing will be performed with an international cast in Seoul starting May 21. An Indiegogo campaign is currently underway to help fund the production of this six year old company. The show will be performed at the Theater Egg and Nucleus in English with Korean subtitles.