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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Shakespeare's Globe The Complete Walk

If you are lucky enough to be in England on 23-24 April, don’t miss an extraordinary free and public Shakespeare event — Shakespeare’s Globe The Complete Walk.

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death (and the 452nd anniversary of his birth) Shakespeare’s Globe has made 10 minute films for 37 of Shakespeare’s plays.

The films will be shown publicly on outdoor screens on a 2.5 mile path along London’s South Bank, and also in Liverpool’s city centre.

And what an all-star cast!

James Norton as Richard II

These short films include everyone from Gemma Arterton to Simon Russell Beale to Jessie Buckley to David Harewood to James Norton to Jonathan Pryce to Michelle Terry to Dominic West to Olivia Williams — and many many more!

From what I can tell — and it seems that much of the details about which actor plays what roles are under wraps — Gemma Arterton plays Rosaline in Love’s Labour’s Lost, Simon Russell Beale plays Timon of Athens, James Norton plays Richard II, Jonathan Pryce and his daughter Phoebe reprise their roles as Shylock and Jessica, and Dominic West plays Coriolanus.

What is even more extraordinary is that each short film was shot on location — so Simon Russell Beale plays Timon in Athens! Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in Venice! Dominic West plays Coriolanus in Rome!

Gemma Arterton as Rosaline

There are only excerpts of the films online so far, with James Norton performing in Westminster Hall, for example. And it is unclear whether these films will be available after the 24th — but I hope they will be online soon thereafter, so the whole world can see them.

There is a great article about the films (read it here) written by Dominic Dromgoole, the outgoing Artistic Director of the Globe, and the connection between the real settings where they shot the films, and the plays.

You can read more about the event here, on the Globe’s webpage: 

Of all the great events planned to celebrate Shakespeare this year, this is the most exciting — and I hope you don’t miss it!


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