WITH 2016 marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this past year has seen an explosion of creativity and special events in celebration of the Bard’s life and legacy. Across the UK the Shakespeare 400 schedule saw blockbuster headline shows, new interpretations and a host of top names breathing life into his work.
Although Stratford-upon-Avon rightfully claims Shakespeare as its own, the legendary playwright had a strong relationship with London, not least through his connection to the Globe Theatre. With the original site rebuilt and reopened to the public in 1997, it has since become a beacon for the Bard in London, drawing hundreds of thousands of annual visitors. Last year, new creative director Emma Rice introduced the theme of Wonder at the Globe with a magical forest set to spring up around the site while, on the boards, the Globe even staged A Midsummer Night’s Dream last spring.
Lovers of food and theatre alike will also welcome the news that the Globe’s restaurant The Swan has now reopened its doors with a new menu focusing on freshness and provenance. With cheese from the Somerset Cheese Company, charcuterie from London-based Cobble Lane and seafood from Cornwall, expect The Swan’s menu to offer seasonal specials that showcase Britain’s best produce.
The bright open-plan space boasts stunning views across the Thames to St Paul’s Cathedral and is open all day, meaning that – from riverside brunches through to pre- and post-performance fine dining – you can toast the Bard in style.