Steven Berkoff’s one-man show explores and analyses Shakespeare’s most villainous characters through the famous words of the Bard. Athens: 15 February 2017
Join us for events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work. In 2016 we're marking the 400th anniversary of his death.
About Shakespeare Lives
Find out more about Shakespeare Lives in 2016 and watch our short animation (2.36 mins).
Shakespeare Lives at the Thessaloniki Concert Hall
Join us at a series of film screenings we are organising in Thessaloniki that will bring the works of Shakespeare to life on the big screen: 16 November 2016–8 February 2017.
Discussion on Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Prominent contemporary UK poets will discuss the nature of Shakespeare’s sonnets, their resonance in Shakespeare’s own plays, and in today’s writing and thinking. Athens: 14 December 2016
Walking Cities: Athens
Walking Cities is a British Council programme that pairs contemporary UK writers with writers and theatre experts from other countries.
#ShakespeareNoFilter is the retelling of Shakespeare’s plays on Instagram by the British Council. Follow us to watch the story unfold.
Romeo + Juliet x 6
We invite children and teenagers aged 6–16 to take part in a visual arts competition inspired by musical pieces and the story of Romeo and Juliet. Deadline for submissions: 23 October 2016
Mix the Play
We invite you to direct a scene from Shakespeare's ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ using an interactive video platform co-created by the British Council and the Old Vic Theatre.
Shakespeare in the City
Join us at a series of outdoor film screenings we're organising as part of the Athens Open Air Festival that will bring the works of Shakespeare to life. Athens: 24 June–29 August 2016
Romeo and Juliet in Aigaleo
Join us at a series of events – including a student performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and a film screening – aimed at making Shakespeare accessible to younger audiences. Athens: June 2016
View the BBC Shakespeare Lives online festival
Did you miss our Shakespeare Day live stream in April? You can now watch recorded highlights and much more on the BBC Shakespeare Lives website until the end of September 2016.
Exploring English: free online course
Learning English? Love Shakespeare? Put the two together and study with people from all over the world.
Join us to celebrate Shakespeare Day Live on 22–23 April
Leading arts organisations across the UK will make available performances, analysis, talks and fun, all streamed on a digital pop-up channel co-curated by the BBC and the British Council.
Globe to Globe Hamlet
We're delighted to announce the visit to Athens by Shakespeare’s historic Globe Theatre for two performances of ‘Hamlet’ as part of an unprecedented world tour: 27 February 2016.
Shakespeare Lives: Lecture by director Gregory Thompson
Award-winning director Gregory Thompson will explore how Shakespeare continues to affect and speak to the hearts of audiences today. Thessaloniki: 28 February 2016 | Athens: 29 February 2016
Shakespeare Lives at the National Theatre of Northern Greece
As part of Shakespeare Lives, we're supporting two of this season's most compelling theatre productions: ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet on the road'. Thessaloniki: 15 January–27 March 2016
SBTV presents Twelfth Night
Watch a modern re-imagination of ‘Twelfth Night’ by SBTV, featuring artists Eyez, Mic Righteous, Maverick Sabre, Nolay, Nego True and Harry Love. (Duration: 07:38 minutes)
Maxine Peake as Hamlet
Desire. Murder. Revenge. Maxine Peake as Hamlet will screen in 2016. Watch the trailer here.
Shakespeare Lives in photography
Check out the winners of the Shakespeare Lives in Photography competition.
Shakespeare on Film – Touring collection
Look out for Shakespeare films, old and new, screening internationally and online in 2016. Watch the trailer (1.53 mins).
Shakespeare Lives in science
Shakespeare Lives in Science; poisons, potions and drugs. Do Shakespearean concoctions really work?