Feature: Shakespeare 400

Date posted: 15 Apr 2016Author: STC

John Howard and Heather Mitchell in Coriolanus 1993 (Photo: Robert McFarlane)

The 23rd of April this year marked the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death – an opportunity to look back and consider the astounding impact Shakespeare has had on Western culture and how his work maintains its relevance today.

In celebration, we have compiled a collection of events and articles surrounding the anniversary, from around the world and our own online magazine.


Sydney Writers' Festival

Wed 18 May, 6pm. A Love Affair with Shakespeare
A panel discussion on what it is about The Bard that still resonates so strongly with us. 

Thu 19 May, 6.15pm. Jeanette Winterson: The Gap of Time
Award-winning author, Jeanette Winterson discusses her cover version of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

Sun 22 May, 4.30pm. Paul Kelly: Seven Sonnets & A Song
Musician Paul Kelly speaks about his passion for the Bard with actress, writer and 2014 Patrick White Fellow Kate Mulvany.

Sydney Theatre Company

16 Jun - 17 Jul. The Tragedy of Hamlet: Prince of Skidmark, A badaptation of the Bard
A hilarious, irreverent, interactive show for children and their adults by cult kids outfit The Listies.

12 Sep - 22 Oct. A Midsummer Night's Dream
Award-winning Resident Director Kip Williams (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth) continues his bold interpretations of Shakespeare’s great plays.


War of the Roses
Marta Dusseldorp in STC's 2009 production of War of the Roses a conflation of eight of Shakespeare's plays.  (Photo: Tania Kelley)

From the STC online magazine

Archive: Shakespeare's Lovers
We take a look back at some of the Shakespearean pairings that our stages have seen in the past.

Q&A: The Listies
The cult kids outfit talks Hamlet, Shakespeare and skidmarks.

Synopsis: Macbeth in 1610
A description of one of the earliest known performances of Macbeth.

Feature: 10 things about Romeo and Juliet
It was first performed in the 16th century, has inspired 24 operas and was once performed by Hugh Jackman.


Macbeth Hugo Weaving
Hugo Weaving as Macbeth (Photo: Brett Boardman) 2014.

Articles from around the globe

Such Ado: The Fight for Shakespeare’s Puns
By Megan Garber, The Atlantic
Trying to reclaim Shakespeare's puns that have been obscured by accent and language changes.

Shakespeare’s First Folio
State Library of NSW
Read about the State Library's copy of Shakespeare's First Folio and flick through it page-by-page online.

Does ‘translating’ Shakespeare into modern English diminish its greatness?
By Sheila T Cavanagh, The Conversation
Do we destroy Shakespeare in modern interpretations or open them up to new audiences?

‘Supp’d full with horrors’: 400 years of Shakespearean supernaturalism
By Colin Yeo, The Conversation
An article examining Shakespeare's influence on supernaturalism.

Donald Trump, Peta Credlin and Shakespeare
By Christine Long, Arts Hub
Australian theatre makers consider characters with Shakesperean qualities in contemporary politics.

How Shakespeare Lives Now
By Stephen Greenblatt, The New York Review of Books
This article explores why Shakespeare's success is so enduring.

Crime, social climbing, shotgun weddings: meet the Shakespeares
By Simon Callow, The Guardian
Read about Shakespeare's own family.

Bed tricks and broken women: Shakespeare's guide to love
By Jeanette Winterson, The Guardian
A look at Shakespeare's women and relationships.

Shakespeare: who put those thoughts in his head?
By Jonathan Bate, The Guardian
Turning the tables to look at who influenced Shakespeare's writing.

Ten ways in which Shakespeare changed the world
By Robert McCrum, The Guardian
Shakespeare's greatest and most lasting achievements.

Shakespeare inspired music you should know
Shakespeare Lives, The British Council
A couple of tracks inspired by Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Lives in Science; poisons, potions and drugs: Do Shakespearean concoctions really work?
Shakespeare Lives, The British Council
Shakespeare's magic is put to the test.

Five words Shakespeare invented that weren't very successful at all
By Tiger Webb, Radio National
Shakespeare coined many words still used today, and some that were never used again.

This orient isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic world
Late Night Live, Radio National
Professor Jerry Brotton talks to Phillip Adams on Elizabethan connections to the Islamic world.

Paul Kelly and the Sonnets
Musician Paul Kelly discusses his new album 'Seven Sonnets and a Song' and Professor of Music Christopher Wilson talks about music and the Bard.

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits monologues
The winning monologues in the Shakespeare Greatest Hits listener votes are performed by actors from Bell Shakespeare.