January 2016 Onwards: New digital interactive materials for English language learners of all ages, including a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, on the FutureLearn platform.

5 March 2016: Education UK Exhibition at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre with special Shakespeare theme.

Theatre, Screenings and Film Festivals

17 to 19 March 2016: Catch "Ophelia" @ The Esplande - Theatre Studio, a production by Cake Theatrical Productions in collaboration with Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. 
Beyond the politics of sex and gender and the cycles of oppression that pervade history, Ophelia reflects too on the grey areas of our humanity; the deep-seated desires, motives and actions that account for the tragedies that keep the human race in a constant state of drowning

21 to 24 April 2016Shakespeare Lives in Film is a showcase of six classic adaptations of the Bard’s work. Featuring Laurence Olivier’s Academy Award winning performance as Hamlet and the ground breaking casting of Laurence Fishburne as Othello, the first major cinematic production of the work to cast an African-American in the title role, these landmark performances are not to be missed by fans and neophytes. 

April to May 2016: In addition to a film festival at The Arts House (20 April 2016 onwards) and a Shakespeare film screening as part of the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) on 19 May 2016, catch a screening of "Hamlet" performed by Benedict Cumberbatch at the Esplanade Theatre (23 & 24 April 2016).

27 April 2016 onwards: Catch Shakespeare in the Park – Romeo & Juliet presented by Singapore Repertory Theatre at Fort Canning Park.

Exhibitions, Competitions,Talks and Workshops

Discover the life and works of the Bard at National Library Board’s Letters to Shakespeare exhibition, performances, talks and more!

The exhibition will be travelling to the following libraries:

• library @esplanade: 15 March to 15 May 2016

• Central Public Library: 19 May to 19 June 2016

• Marine Parade Public Library:

23 June to 23 July 2016

• Clementi Public Library: 27 July to 29 August 2016

• Woodlands Regional Library: 2 to 29 September 2016

4 April 2016: “Shakespeare and the Law” lecture at SMU by Professor Paul Raffield, Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. 

Closing date 8 April 2016: “Shakespeare Lives... in Singapore” British Council Writing the City creative writing competition.

23 April 2016, 2 p.m., library @esplanade: Insider Series “Adapting Shakespeare in Singapore” with thespians Natalie Hennedige and Noorlinah Mohamed.

23 April 2016, 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. , Somerset@313: “Costa Coffee With Shakespeare”. Exploring Shakespeare’s influence on creative arts and modern culture, globally and in Singapore.
A panel discussion featuring Singapore’s most iconic Shakespearean thespian Adrian Pang, SRT Artistic Director Gaurav Kripalani and Roland Davies, Country Director of the British Council. The panel will be followed by a Shakespeare themed comedic skit at Costa Coffee Somerset@313.

23 April 2016: Launch of Shakespeare Stamp Set
Available at all Post Offices, and Singapore Philatelic Museum.

12 May 2016: "Literally speaking - What Should We Teach?" lecture at Select Centre. 
As part of Select Centre’s Literally Speaking series, join an engaging panel discussion where Professor Richard Angus Whitehead will share his concerns on the impacts on culture, linguistics and society if educators in Singapore ignore Shakespeare.

14 May 2016 to 15 January 2017Singapore Philatelic MuseumShaking It With Shakespeare

Celebrate the life and times, and the enduring legacy of the world’s greatest playwright, William Shakespeare. This activity-based and fun-filled exhibition invites families to uncover nuggets of information about the literary giant. View over 400 stamps and philatelic materials issued by 70 countries, century-old picture postcards, books from Shakespeare’s time, historical Tudor era replicas and animal specimens. 

Join special programmes for families and children at the Singapore philatelic museum "shaking it with Shakespeare" event:

5 and 12 June 2016, 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.: “A Tudor Fayre
Families can join programmes including include storytelling by Shakespeare's Globe, costume dress-up and make-up booth, pie demonstration, pomander craft, reading corner and activity trail.  Admission is free for everyone. Programme charges apply. 

3 to 11 June 2016: “Lively Action Storytelling” (children aged 5-12 years old) and The World’s A Stage Workshop (children aged 6-11 years old) are conducted by an experienced education practitioner from Shakespeare’s Globe (London). These interactive storytelling workshops are a great and fun way for children to learn about Shakespeare, they will be part of the stories through the activities.

2 to 14 June 2016: “Overnight Adventure – A Midsummer Night‘s Camp” (children aged 7-12 years old); Enchanted Forest (children aged 7-10 years old); Much Ado About Mailbox (7-12 years old) fun programmes at Singapore Philatelic Museum. Children embark on a fun journey through stamps, learning about the environment and mailboxes from around the world, they will also have the rare opportunity to sleep among stamps!

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