THE BARD IN BLOOMSBURY

This Saturday marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and, to mark the occasion, a host of special events will be in full swing across London over the weekend. From a string of film screenings to major exhibitions and literary talks, we’ve picked out our highlights that commemorate the world’s biggest literary superstar.

Bloomsbury’s very own University of London is running a Shakespeare-themed exhibition, ‘Metamorphosis’, in one of Store Street’s grandest neighbours, the Senate House Library. Visitors can take a look at the first folio from 1623 and over 30 rare texts from the early days of literature to the digital age.

Shakespeare’s Globe has put together The Complete Walk, a masterpiece series of specially created 10-minute films exploring the Bard’s plays and including scenes shot in the locations Shakespeare imagined when he wrote them. For added drama, the films will be screened in different iconic spots along the River Thames.

For those keen to find out about leisure and entertainment in Jacobean times, a talk by expert excavator Jacqui Pearce is too good to miss – using recently discovered artefacts, various aspects of theatre-going will be discussed, from drinking ale to traditional bar snacks.

Bloomsbury plays host to another unique event, Shakespeare Live! from RCS, whose guests will enjoy a show screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon celebrating the Bard’s plays and their influence on various forms of art.

And if you use the tube to travel across the capital, why not use the newly launched Shakespearean map by Tfl, where all stations and lines across the network have been replaced with characters from the Bard’s most famous plays. You can order your copy online here

Happy Bard-day!