It is hard to believe that Shakespeare’s death wasn’t acknowledged in London in 1616 with a procession, a poem or even an epitaph in print.
In 2016 every major London cultural organisation is contributing to year-long Shakespeare 400 festival. Indeed the 400th anniversary will be commemorated in theatres across the world.
But Shakespeare’s death wasn’t the only significant theatrical event of 1616, which saw the deaths of theatre impresario Philip Henslowe, playwright Francis Beaumont, Spain’s Cervantes, and the Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu. In the same year, Ben Jonson published his pioneering Folio edition of his plays which paved the way for the Shakespeare First Folio seven years later.
Globe Education's season 1616: A Momentous Year will celebrate these theatrical greats, as well as Shakespeare, with a year-long programme of performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops, conferences, a family story-telling festival, and even a Kabuki inspired ‘Ophelia’ in Japanese.