Literary Legacy

April 2016 marks 400 years since the death of Shakespeare, so look out for local events as part of a nationwide programme.

Most of the Bard’s plays were originally licensed by the Master of the Revels at the priory of St John. If you missed Hamlet at the Barbican, the BBC’s adaptation of Richard III starring Benedict Cumberbatch might make up for it later this year. The Barbican is also hosting a Shakespeare weekender (for all ages) with workshops, talks and installations on 5-6 March.

Just around the corner, the Guildhall Heritage Gallery has a free display (until 31 March) featuring a deed for a Blackfriars property that belonged to Shakespeare – it’s one of only six surviving documents bearing his signature. You can also admire an edition of the First Folio. For full quatercentenary listings, go to the official website.