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Woodbridge celebrates ‘Shakespeare 400’ anniversary with full programme of events

News ArticleWoodbridge celebrates ‘Shakespeare 400’ anniversary with full programme of events

Woodbridge resident and literature enthusiast, Tim Cornford, is organising Woodbridge’s own celebration of Shakespeare this summer to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death. Shakespeare inspired drama, music and art take place throughout June and July.

8 June, 7pm: A live broadcast of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current production of Hamlet at The Riverside Theatre starring Paapa Essiedu and directed by Simon Godwin. Tickets £12.50 from 01394 382174 or www.theriverside.co.uk.

12 June, 7.30pm: A concert of music inspired by Shakespeare by Kingfisher Sinfonietta at St Mary’s Church. Tickets £12/£10/£2 from Woodbridge Violins, 26 Market Hill or 01394 383150 or on the door.

28 & 29 June, 8pm: An open-air performance of Love’s Labour’s Lost on Woodbridge School Chapel Lawn. Bring a cushion, blanket or folding chair. If wet the play will move into the Seckford Theatre. Tickets free of charge from www.ticketsource.co.uk/seckfordtheatre

28th July, 7pm: A Talk by Mark Mitchels on ‘Shakespeare’s Globe: A Groundling’s View’ at Woodbridge Library. To reserve a free place phone 01394 446510 or email Helen.Scrivener@suffolklibraries.co.uk

Throughout June and July there is a free art exhibition at Woodbridge Library of pieces created during the art workshops running in May and June.

There are still places available for the free art workshops, open to all ages at Farlingaye High School on either Tuesday 7 June or Tuesday 14th June 5-7.30pm. Places can be booked by emailing thetherington@farlingaye.suffolk.sch.uk

There are also spaces available for the free drama workshops for 7-11 year olds (10am -12.30pm) and 12-13 year olds (1-3.30pm) on Saturday 16 July at Farlingaye. Students will work in groups to bring to life some scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream culminating in brief presentations to parents. Places can be booked by emailing rlansdowne@farlingaye.suffolk.sch.uk

Tim Cornford, Producer of the celebration, said: “Shakespeare’s work is core to Britain’s art and drama heritage and I hope through these community events and workshops we can help to develop the passion and appreciation in people of all ages.  I am so very grateful to the Year 7 pupils at Farlingaye High School for designing the posters, to the Rector and PCC of St Mary’s Church for the use of the church on Sunday evening, 12 June, and to Suffolk Coastal District Council, Deben Decorative and Fine Arts Society and Woodbridge Society for their financial support.”

More information and booking contacts can be found on www.choosewoodbridge.co.uk/events

Farlingaye School Art Class 2