Dame Janet Suzman is our new patron

We're delighed to announce that our new patron is Dame Janet Suzman, one of the greatest Shakespeareans of our time.

Digital Shakespeare Workshops

Work with us to inspire your students by fusing classical text with the latest technology at QUAD, the cutting-edge arts centre at the heart of Derby.

Let Me Not Be Mad

Watch the digital collages created by Darius Powell as part of our research and development project into King Lear and dementia.


Check out the details of our upcoming programme of performances and workshops, all with Shakespeare at their heart.

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Troilus and Cressida

Follow Uncle Pandarus’s blog as he tells you the tragic tale of his niece Cressida and her lover Troilus : www.unclepandarus.com

  • Dame Janet Suzman is our new patron

  • Digital Shakespeare Workshops

  • Let Me Not Be Mad

  • Upcoming

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  • Troilus and Cressida

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News from 1623

We've teamed up with film-maker Jenson Grant as part of the Othello Unbound Project, which engages young people with Shakespeare's play and its central theme of institutional racism.

The Othello Unbound Project

Cate Buxton is a regular at Shakespeare Night, part of 1623's participatory programme, and she shares her thoughts here on her favourite Shakespeare play.

Cate's obsession with Macbeth

Jude Lynex reviews Hamlet at Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, where she joined other regulars of our monthly Shakespeare Night public workshops to watch Maxine Peake in the title role.

Shakespeare Night goes to Manchester

Year 10 students from Kingsmead Pupil Referral Unit joined us at QUAD recently to take part in a Shakespeare workshop that brought together text, performance and digital art.

Kingsmead gets digital with Romeo and Juliet

Actor Joe Doherty, seen recently in Weekend (Synchronicity Films) and Skins (Channel 4), shares his thoughts on our Macbeth workshop earlier this month for artists to develop acting skills.

Joe's first Shakespeare workshop

  • The Othello Unbound Project

    Monday, 17 November 2014 11:03
  • Cate's obsession with Macbeth

    Sunday, 16 November 2014 19:07
  • Shakespeare Night goes to Manchester

    Thursday, 06 November 2014 21:17
  • Kingsmead gets digital with Romeo and Juliet

    Monday, 03 November 2014 12:33
  • Joe's first Shakespeare workshop

    Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:28

1623 on YouTube

You can see videos of our work at our YouTube channel.

Highlights include footage from the Glastonbury Festival and clips from Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III and The Tempest.




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