Shakespeare lights up London

Shakespeare, son et Lumiere
The Magna Carta Son et Lumiere at the Guildhall, London Credit: JamieSmithPhoto.co.uk

A spectacular light show, Shakespeare Son et Lumière, will celebrate the bard’s links with London.

Shakespeare, son et Lumiere
The Magna Carta Son et Lumiere at the Guildhall, London Credit: JamieSmithPhoto.co.uk

The country is gearing up for an exciting year of celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and one of the first up is an exciting free light show in London, Shakespeare Son et Lumière.

Taking place in Guildhall Yard on Friday 4 March and Saturday 5 March, the spectacular light and sound production will bring to life the historic façade of Guildhall with images from the City of London’s extensive archives using 3D projection mapping technology and a special music composition by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to celebrate Shakespeare’s links with the city.

The show will run from 6.45pm to 8.45pm on a continuous 20-minute loop` on both days.

A visit to the nearby Guildhall Art Gallery and the City of London Heritage Gallery (both open until 9pm) also offer a rare opportunity to view Shakespeare’s signature on his mortgage deed alongside Guildhall Library’s copy of the First Folio, which is considered one of the five best in the world.

Also on display will be Visscher’s 1616 engraving, one of the few visual records of the pre-Great Fire City which was created the year of Shakespeare’s death. To top off the evening, the art gallery will also have a pop-up bar with a Shakespeare-themed cocktail.

Shakespeare Son et Lumière forms part of a programme of special events and exhibitions to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Visit Shakespeare 400 for a full listing of events.

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