Today, April 23rd, 2016, marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and London was in full swing celebrating his life of achievements. Despite being dead as a doornail, Shakespeare continues to influence, inspire, confuse, and frustrate people all over the world. To commemorate The Bard and his great works, The Globe theatre invited London to celebrate with The Complete Walk: 37 special-made short films screened along the river Thames. Many scenes were shot in the locations Shakespeare intended too! Cleopatra in front of the Pyramids, Hamlet on the rocks of Elsinore, and so many more.
All that glitters is not gold however, as when I arrived many of the screenings were not working and I unwisely went during what I expect was the busiest time and the screens that were playing were incredibly crowded. Despite some faulty screens and hoards of shakespeare enthusiasts refusing to budge and inch, the event was a fantastic way to celebrate our beloved Shakespeare. The locations for the films were incredible and the world famous actors in them did not disappoint.
In retrospect it was probably a good thing that not all of the screens were working because 1. I would have been there forever and a day watching all of the scenes and then battling through the crowds and 2. You can have too much of a good thing right?
*BONUS* try and spot all of the sayings I used in this post that were coined by the great Bard!