Romeo and Juliet (Matthew Barker and Katherine Glenn) at Glastonbury © 1623

1623 is an award-winning, five-star Shakespeare theatre company based at QUAD, a thriving arts centre in the heart of Derby, UK.

We want to inspire, surprise and affect you with Shakespeare's work through theatre/digital performances, learning workshops, participatory activities and training courses.

Performances have taken place at the National Theatre Watch This Space Festival, RSC Fringe, London 2012 Open Weekend, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Glastonbury Festival (pictured above), Nottingham Playhouse, Poole's Cavern, rural village halls, shopping centres and open-air city spaces. Our first online production is Uncle Pandarus, based on Troilus and Cressida.
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Learning workshops take place in primary, secondary, middle and high schools throughout the UK, as well as at colleges and universities. We have developed new Digital Shakespeare Workshops for schools and colleges with QUAD, the thriving arts centre in Derby where we are based.
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Participation activities range from The Great Shakespearean Workout, awarded the London 2012 Inspire Mark, to Let Me Not Be Mad based on King Lear as part of a research-and-development project. Shakespeare Night is our monthly public participation workshop, which is for everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned Shakespeareans.
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Training courses include our Trainee Actors Course, which is for people who are serious about acting and want to develop the performance skills needed to perform Shakespeare and other forms of theatre. We also run Company Away Days including Shakespeare for Leaders in which business managers take inspiration from leaders in Shakespeare's plays.
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Patrons are top British playwright Mark Ravenhill and leading Shakespeare expert Professor Carol Rutter at the University of Warwick.

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