23 April 2016 marks the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death… and possibly his birth! To celebrate, Wellington City Libraries will be hosting two events at the Central Library, open to all:
On Wednesday 20 April 12.30-1.30pm, come and listen to Raymond Boyce talk about Shakespeare in London, and learn more about Shakespeare’s involvement in London’s life and its theatres.
About the speaker:
Raymond Boyce, MBE, Hon LitD, a Patron of Shakespeare Globe Centre NZ, designed the Globe Theatre Hangings made by 500 New Zealand craftswomen for Shakespeare’s Globe in London. There is almost no aspect of the New Zealand stage that Raymond Boyce has not touched upon. Over his 50 year professional career he has designed, directed, produced, acted and administered over 200 productions and was involved in establishing the country’s professional ballet, opera and community theatres. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Arts and the Old Vic Theatre School in the UK and in 1953 was invited to New Zealand by Richard Campion to be a resident designer to the New Zealand Players. Dr Boyce has been honoured with an MBE, received the prestigious Governor-General Art Award, an Honorary Doctorate from Victoria University and, in 2007, was created an Arts Icon by the Arts Foundation of NZ.
On Saturday 23 April 3pm-4pm, we will be celebrating Shakespeare’s life and work by welcoming the Pop-Up Shakespeare appearance by Lord Lackbeards theatre troupe. They will performing scenes from selected plays in different parts of the library, interacting with the audience, much in the way actors would have performed at the time of Shakespeare. Come and mingle in the Central Library and experience Shakespeare live!