Department of English

University of Toronto

Shakespeare on Tour - 2016


Shakespeare on Tour: Exclusive local stories touched by Shakespeare on BBC radio, television and online from Monday 21 March

Starting on Monday 21 March, Shakespeare On Tour will begin broadcasting the first of over 200 stories across all BBC Local Radio stations and regional television in England and at bbc.co.uk/shakespeareontour

Shakespeare on Tour includes stories that are all linked to specific places across the country as part of a season of BBC programming to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.

This unique and ambitious broadcasting event will uncover surprising stories about where Shakespeare’s plays were performed, along with other iconic moments such as the first black actor to perform Shakespeare on the British stage, the rise of the female star and notable Shakespearean child actors

It also charts locations where Shakespeare’s acting companies performed - a number of which survive to this day.

To help bring these stories to life, the BBC has been working closely with the British Library to unearth stories from their historic collection of theatre playbills relating to Shakespeare performances across the UK, and an academic project spanning 40 years called Records of Early English Drama (REED).

REED has been an active partner in the project with the British Library, the BBC, and Siobhan Keenan at Simon de Montfort University. 

Our editors contributed over 80 stories based on our research about provincial performance venues (some of which survive) and the touring playing companies that Shakespeare was associated with during the period 1592-1642.



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