As Shakespeare’s anniversary year draws to a close, Oxford’s celebrations come to a star-studded finale in November, with some revels of its own.
Shakespeare Oxford 2016 offers some winter treats with a gala evening, a visit from award-winning writer Margaret Atwood, a Winter’s Tale theme for the city’s Christmas Light Festival, plus a wealth of words in talks and performance.
‘It’s got a thunderstorm in it. And revenge. Definitely revenge.’ So says festival director Felix, who is staging a Tempest like no other in Hagseed, Margaret Atwood’s take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, revenge and second chances.
Bestselling author of more than 40 books of fiction, poetry and critical essays, Margaret Atwood will be appearing at the Sheldonian Theatre to talk about her latest novel.
Shakespeare’s wit and wordplay are celebrated in A Rhapsody of Words from Oxford Playhouse Young Company, Re-stitched Britches, a group of young actors who made a short new drama using famous quotations and phrases, created through play.
Carousing with Shakespeare is a special evening of poetry, laughter and music with an array of distinguished guests including RSC and Archers actor David Troughton BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz and baritone Christopher Purves.
For further information about all these events and more can be found by visiting www.shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk.