Shakespeare Night with Dame Janet Suzman

Join in a conversation with 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 performance, learning, participation and training.

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Troilus and Cressida

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News from 1623

In the light of our recent production of Macbeth and the lead-up to the Barbican's Third World Bunfight, which is inspired by Shakespeare's play, we're running a free workshop for artists.

Free Macbeth workshop for artists

Today, Shakespeare experienced the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of MND (Motor Neurone Disease). Take a look at the video featuring our artistic director Ben Spiller and board member Michael Sargeant. 

Shakespeare's Ice Bucket Challenge

We're thrilled to announce that Rhiannon Prytherch joins us directly from Australia as our participation coordinator. She shares her thoughts on her new role.

Rhiannon joins the 1623 team

We look back on our scratch - or, work-in-progress - performance at Derby Theatre Studio last year, when we explored King Lear in the context of dementia.

Lear/dementia project update

Sixth Formers Caitlin and Sophie join us for work experience this week to find out what it's like to work as part of a Shakespeare theatre company. They share their thoughts in their daily blog.

Caitlin and Sophie's work experience diary

  • Free Macbeth workshop for artists

    Wednesday, 27 August 2014 16:18
  • Shakespeare's Ice Bucket Challenge

    Friday, 22 August 2014 15:45
  • Rhiannon joins the 1623 team

    Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:24
  • Lear/dementia project update

    Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:23
  • Caitlin and Sophie's work experience diary

    Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:29

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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