London prepares to honour the Bard

Date: April 13, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
London prepares to honour the Bard

As London gets ready to commemorate William Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death, the Thames will transform into a complex of theatres, showcasing the Bard’s plays and bringing to life the locations of his plays.

Did Shakespeare travel?

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is integral to the theatre scene in London. It brings exotic places to life on the stage, often making people wonder about these locations since Shakespeare didn’t travel much.

There are theories that Shakespeare travelled to Scotland and Italy, but nothing to back these up. Others believe that William Shakespeare had a wonderful imagination, allowing him to visualise the pyramids, the courts of France, and the seaports in Cyprus. Regardless of whether Shakespeare travelled abroad, he would have rubbed shoulders with members of the Globe Theatre, Lord Chamberlain’s men and others who may have travelled extensively and provided him with the information for his plays.

Showcasing the exotic locales from Shakespeare’s plays

On 23rd April 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the South Bank of the Thames, between Westminster and Tower Bridge, will be home to 37 screens. The number is symbolic as it refers to the 37 plays penned by Shakespeare.

Visitors can stroll along the Thames and watch short films that will with scenes from each of Shakespeare’s plays. Jonathan and Phoebe Pryce will play Shylock and Jessica in the Jewish ghetto of Venice, and David Dawson and Gemma Arterton will be wooing each other on the castle ramparts in Navarre, bringing to life Love’s Labour’s Lost.

Visitors opting for Thames boat charter can reach the South Bank effortlessly and enjoy these short films and much more. It will give an opportunity to take part in what is being hailed as a “unique celebration of performance, language and landscape.”