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April 23rd

The 23rd of April will see the greatest concentration of events around the world to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.

Cake_sqEvents taking place in other parts of the world are listed on the Shakespeare 400 website.

Have you considered having a local event of your own? A poetry reading, a dress-up party, a trivia night? Have a movie night – watch Macbeth or Coriolanus and drink every time someone dies. Cupcakes with fondant violets on top.Have a kids’ party and bake A Midsummer Night’s Dream cupcakes. Play favourite characters Who Am I? Invent a cocktail for each of Shakespeare’s villains. Send us your ideas, and then send us your party pictures!

Here are some opportunities to share some Shakespeare time with others on the day:

NUTS (NSW University Theatrical Society) are hosting a party for Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills from 8pm. Lift a pot of ale in communal celebration!

Dymocks Bookstore has set up an opportunity to perform some lines from Shakespeare yourself, on the stunning heritage balcony of the Dymocks Building, Sydney.

Performance by Paul Kelly of material from his new album, Seven Sonnets and a Song, at the State Library of NSW, Sydney.

The State Library of NSW is also holding a range of other events on the day, including opening their Shakespeare Room, displaying their copies of the first four Folios of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, and children’s activities.

Performance of Shakespeare’s Shorts, compressed versions of favourite plays by the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble in Brisbane.

Forum discussing Shakespeare on Screen at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.

Public Talk by Dr David McInnis of the University of Melbourne on the topic “The Lost Shakespeare Apocrypha”. Melbourne Shakespeare Society, St Francis Church , 2pm $7 donation entry.

Book Launch, exhibition and talk before that night’s performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor at fortyfivedownstairs theatre and gallery. Dr Rob Conkie, who also directed the production, will launch his new book, Writing Performative Shakespeares: New Forms for Performance Criticism (Cambridge University Press, 2016) at 3:30pm. An art exhibition by Bernard Caleo of drawings of the rehearsal process of The Merry Wives of Windsor will follow 4:30pm and an exhibition talk: ‘Drawing and rehearsing The Merry Wives’ at 5:30pm, before the show begins at 7.30. Melbourne.

Performance of Margaret of Anjou by the third year students of the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia, at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Victoria.

Also at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, a performance of Songs and Sonnets by the students of the Arts Academy, and a cappella group VOX.

Lecture by Professors Ian Donaldson and Ian Gadd, chaired by Dr Kate Flaherty, at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

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