Join us for events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work. In 2016 we're marking the 400th anniversary of his death

Shakespeare Lives

About Shakespeare Lives

Shakespeare Lives is a global programme of activities celebrating the world's most popular playwright's work on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. Join us through the year for more.

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Maxine Peake as Hamlet

The British Council has supported the production of a film version of Sarah Frankcom’s critically acclaimed stage production of Hamlet, which enjoyed a sell-out run at the Manchester Royal Exchange in the UK in 2014. We will screen this film internationally in 2016 as part of the British Council’s Shakespeare on Film touring collection. Details of screenings will be available on this website.

Michelle ONeill in Macbeth at the Guthrie Theater

Shakespeare on Film - touring collection

The British Council and BFI presents a tour of the best award-winning collection of cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare's works over the years. Join us through 2016 for screenings

Audience applauds actors on stage at The Globe theatre

Exploring English: free online course

Learning English? Love Shakespeare? Put the two together and study with people from all over the world.

Ophelia in a white dress, with red flowing hair submerged in water

Shakespeare Lives in photography

Check out the winners of the Shakespeare Lives in Photography competition.

Young girl stares upwards with projected flowers on her face

Shakespeare Lives in science

Shakespeare Lives in Science; poisons, potions and drugs. Do Shakespearean concoctions really work?

SB.Tv Twelfth Night film

SBTV Twelfth Night Film

A rap version interpretation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by UK artists Maverick Sabre, Mic Righetous, Eyez, NoLay and Nego True


#PlayYourPart - favourite Shakespeare moment

It's the year of Shakespeare and we are asking people to share their favourite moment from any of his plays, writings or poems as part of the #PlayYourPart campaign