What's coming up?

Discover the details of our upcoming programme of performances and workshops, all inspired by Shakespeare and the world today

Hand In Hand

Enjoy a lovely montage of images and videos by primary schools and families as we all celebrated togetherness in Shakespeare Week

Queer Lady M

Find out all about our exciting new show that celebrates gender fluidity through a fabulous fusion of autobiography, Shakespeare and drag

Lear/Cordelia

Watch the pilot production of Lear/Cordelia, our double-bill that explores dementia through Shakespeare and new writing

Digital Workshops

Work with us to inspire your class by fusing Shakespeare's text with the latest technology at QUAD, the cutting-edge arts centre in Derby

Support our work

Make it possible for us to engage more people with Shakespeare in exciting new ways that relate to the world around them

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1623 theatre company

We give voices to marginalised people in response to Shakespeare and the world today

Our mission is to make great theatre, support artists, engage learners and work with communities while being accessible, inclusive and diverse

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News from 1623

We've just released a montage made from photos, videos and images sent to us by primary schools and families as part of HAND IN HAND, our project for Shakespeare Week 2019.

Hand in Hand for Shakespeare Week

Geeta Pendse interviews our artistic director Ben Spiller and associate artist Shane Gabriel about Shakespeare, life, music and our new show Queer Lady M.

BBC Radio Leicester interview

1623 is thrilled to announce that Rikki Beadle-Blair joins Mark Ravenhill and Dame Janet Suzman as another world-class artist who embodies and reflects what the company is all about.

PRESS RELEASE: Rikki Beadle-Blair is 1623's new patron

So far, we've performed parts of our new show - Queer Lady M - at scratch nights in Derby, Oxford, London and Nottingham to try them out in front of audiences.

Have your say on Queer Lady M scratch shows

Our theatre-making friends Laura Ryder and Freya Sharp took part in Chris Thorpe's political theatre workshop at Lincoln Drill Hall recently. They share their thoughts here.

Laura and Freya on Making Political Theatre

  • Hand in Hand for Shakespeare Week

    Wednesday, 27 March 2019 19:31
  • BBC Radio Leicester interview

    Saturday, 23 February 2019 15:47
  • PRESS RELEASE: Rikki Beadle-Blair is 1623's new patron

    Tuesday, 16 October 2018 13:11
  • Have your say on Queer Lady M scratch shows

    Tuesday, 07 August 2018 13:32
  • Laura and Freya on Making Political Theatre

    Friday, 04 May 2018 15:40

Video highlights

Take a look at some of our highlights.

Video by Darius Powell.
Music by Christopher Lydon.

Featuring artwork by Firecatcher.

youtube.com/1623theatre

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