The Great Shakespearean Workout at the National Theatre. Photo: Ludovic des Cognets; (c) National Theatre.

We believe that everyone can get involved with Shakespeare. Thousands of people across the country have taken part in our participatory projects, which often take place in public to give people the chance to take part actively or watch and listen. Everyone gets to be involved in some way!

HAND IN HAND - a video montage for Shakespeare Week 2019.

Between 18 and 24 March 2019, we asked primary schools and families to send us photos, videos and images inspired by the following quote:

"Let's go hand in hand, not one before another"
: Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors

Our learning coordinator Jamie Brown collected the responses and brought them together in this lovely video, which celebrates togetherness.

We hope you enjoy it.

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Lear's Memory Box © Pictographik

Creative workshops in dementia care homes and hospital wards.

We're inviting people with dementia and their professional carers to explore the contents of a very special memory box in a unique workshop.

Together, we'll open up the box and use the sensory objects inside to tell the story of Lear and his daughters, before shaping new stories inspired by the objects.

We'll do this through music, movement, words and song in response to the objects. All activities will be interactive for those who wish to take part.

Lear's Memory Box workshops are guided by a facilitator who has extensive experience of working with people who are living with dementia.

The workshops are designed to evoke memories and stimulate imagination in a fun and creative way for all participants in a safe and social environment.

They are inspired by 1623 theatre company's Lear/Cordelia, based on a recent project that researched the relationship between Shakespeare's King Lear and dementia.

We suggest two hours for a workshop with a break in the middle, but this is flexible to fit in with existing schedules.

Please contact 1623 participation coordinator This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details including costings. 

Lear/Cordelia is supported by
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Shakespeare Night © 1623Take part in our monthly workshops based on Shakespeare's plays. Unconventional, unpredictable and fun, Shakespeare Night is open to everyone.



Still Cursing © 1623Find out how to get involved in an exciting 3-year photography project to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016.


Shakespeare's Mind © 1623

Explore the minds of Shakespeare's characters by reading and discussing their scenes while considering mental health issues in Shakespeare's time and ours.


Let Me Not Be Mad © 1623Watch a trilogy of animated collages inspired by the creative responses to King Lear's phrase "Let me not be mad" that we received after a public callout.


The Great Shakespearean Workout © 1623

Move to the Shakespeare beat as we get active with Troilus and Cressida in a fun aerobics class.


Sonnet 73 © 1623Enter the spirit of autumn and winter by making a recording of Shakespeare's Sonnet 73 and sharing it with the digital world.


Performance at Revive Healthy Living Centre © 1623

As part of our strong commitment to learning and outreach we visit inner-city community centres, rural village halls, non-professional theatre companies and other community-based venues to perform and workshop Shakespeare. Performances and workshops are tailored with accessibility and enjoyment in mind.


"I always learn so much from this brilliant theatre company"

Mrs Davis, Revive Healthy Living Centre, Chaddesden


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