Shakespeare Festival

The Deputy Mayor of Blackpool has launched a campaign to celebrate the life and works of William Shakespeare. Councillor David Owen wants the complete works of Shakespeare to be publicly performed next spring to mark the 450th Anniversary of the bard’s birth at Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April 1564.

The project, he says, can involve the whole of the Fylde Coast with any number of local societies, community groups, work colleagues, schools and colleges getting involved.

Cllr Owen said:

William Shakespeare’s impact on the English language, our culture and the culture of wider world is virtually unparalleled and I feel that a celebration of his life and works could be an enormously rewarding and educational.

I look forward to hearing from groups that want to get involved and I would urge people to seize this opportunity to do something special.

Cllr Owen’s proposal is that all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, together with 154 sonnets and the six long poems, will be presented at iconic venues throughout the town from the Town Hall to theatres, churches, piers and pubs.

Most of Shakespeare’s plays have twenty to thirty parts so anyone who is the secretary of an organisation will need to persuade colleagues and encourage them to put a team together.

One of them will need to emerge as their director to lead rehearsals.

Groups of people in workplaces, churches, amateur theatrical societies, schools, civil servants, lawyers, accountants, vicars, surgeons, nurses, town hall departments, GPs, councillors, journalists and youth clubs are all being invited to write in to the Town Hall and say they wish to take part. Let them know by the end of this month if you’re interested.  You can email: [email protected] for more details.

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