SHAKESPEARE IN TURBULENT TIMES
In the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, his work continues to inspire. But his life is shrouded in shadow. By focusing on one year in Shakespeare’s life, 1606,James Shapiro triumphantly succeeds in relating his plays to the context of his times and reveals how a momentous 12 months in England – the year of the Gunpowder Plot and the plague – led to the creation of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. Nicholas Hytner was Director of the National Theatre 2003-2015, where he produced many Shakespeare plays. He will open a new theatre on the Thames in 2017.