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

World Emoji Day

Can you guess which Shakespeare play our work experience students have transformed into emojis as part of World Emoji Day?

Shakespeare Night

Take part in our series of monthly workshops at Derby Theatre to explore Shakespeare's plays through a range of fun activities

Still Cursing

Check out our contemporary photography project with SHOW ME PICTURES that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death

Digital Workshops

Work with us to inspire your class by fusing Shakespeare's text with the latest technology at QUAD, the cutting-edge arts centre in the heart of Derby

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News from 1623

Shane Lynch, a Theatre Arts student at the University of Derby, reflects on yesterday when he helped us to facilitate a workshop with an arts group for people aged 50 plus.

Shane on Shakespeare and GoldsQUAD

Our artistic director Ben Spiller looks back on this year's DEparture Lounge at Derby Theatre where he was based for four days of new shows, works-in-progress, workshops and discussions. 

DEparture Lounge Festival 2015

Max Palfrey (2) helps his dad Matt (29) learn his lines for one of our upcoming shows. Do you know which Shakespeare play they're working on?

Max helps his dad learn his lines

As part of World Emoji Day, our work experience students Matilda and Siena have emoji'd the plot of a Shakespeare play. Can you guess which one?

Shakespeare on World Emoji Day

Matilda from Heanor Gate Science College and Siena from Wilsthorpe Community School join us this week to find out more about what we do and how we do it. This is their blog.

Matilda and Siena's week of work experience

  • Shane on Shakespeare and GoldsQUAD

    Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:46
  • DEparture Lounge Festival 2015

    Monday, 27 July 2015 10:46
  • Max helps his dad learn his lines

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:51
  • Shakespeare on World Emoji Day

    Friday, 17 July 2015 12:03
  • Matilda and Siena's week of work experience

    Monday, 13 July 2015 16:16

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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