Macbeth (Adam Buss) and Lady Macbeth (Jane Upton) at Poole's Cavern © 1623

Since we began in 2005, we've developed a bold and ambitious mission: to give voices to marginalised people in response to Shakespeare and the world today.

We do this by making theatre, supporting artists, inspiring learners, engaging communities and championing diversity.

"A unique take on Shakespeare"
: Metro

"High production values, sensitively directed"
: Derby Theatre

Our current show is Queer Lady M - a fabulous fusion of drag, autobiography and Shakespeare that fights tragedy and celebrates queer identity. We are planning a national tour right now with accompanying LGBTQ+ Shakespeare workshops. Find out more here.

"Raw, honest and tender - this is what theatre is about, this is what art is for"
: Rikki Beadle-Blair, Team Angelica 

"A moving account of what it means to be different, fantastic performance"
: Michaela Butter, Attenborough Arts Centre

Recent work includes Lear/Cordelia - a double-bill of Shakespeare and new writing based on participatory research with dementia communities. Find out more by clicking here.

"Vital theatre that raises important questions"
: Creative Dementia UK

"Truly evocative and thought-provoking"
: Louise Clements, artistic director, QUAD

Patrons are Rikki Beadle-Blair MBEDame Janet Suzman CBE, and Mark Ravenhill.

 "A challenging yet hugely accessible production"
: BBC Radio Derby

"Beautiful, full of thoughts and questions"
: Jane Upton, award-winning playwright

 

Why are we called 1623?

The First Folio © 16231623 turned out to be one of the most significant years in world culture.

It was the year in which an amazing body of work called Mr William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies was published. 

This was the first-ever collected edition of Shakespeare's plays; it is also known as the First Folio.

Shakespeare had died seven years earlier, in 1616, but two of his colleagues and friends from the King's Men theatre company - John Heminge and Henry Condell - worked with a stationer and bookseller to ensure that the plays of their fellow theatre-maker survived for future generations.

If it wasn't for Heminge and Condell and the publication of the First Folio in 1623, then the majority of Shakespeare's plays would have been lost forever.

 

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