Edge Hill University is playing an essential role in an international tribute to one of the world’s most famous playwrights.
The University is supporting Liverpool’s participation in the The Complete Walk organised by Shakespeare’s Globe.
The city is the only UK venue outside London to host the free event which will screen a series of 37 short films played on screens at city centre venues on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April – marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The Florrie, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Kazimier Garden, the Town Hall, Aloft hotel, Liverpool Cathedral, Granby4 Streets and Tate Liverpool are just some of the venues who will be hosting the rolling ten minute films. Edge Hill University is the only University supporter for the Liverpool events.
Some of the cast announced so far for the films are Edge Hill alumnus Jonathan Pryce,Simon Russell Beale, Zawe Ashton, Peter Capaldi, Dominic West, James Norton, Olivia Williams, Phoebe Pryce, Hayley Atwell, Meera Syal, Jamie Parker, Danny Sapani, Mel Giedroyc, Aidan Gillen, Joshua McGuire, Paul Chahidi, Pauline McLynn, Joseph Marcell, Kenneth Cranham and Tom Burke.
Director of Corporate Communications, Roy Bayfield, said: “Edge Hill University is delighted to support The Globe Theatre and Liverpool in this exciting celebration of Shakespeare. Our students from literature, drama and media courses will be experiencing a truly innovative international event, right on their doorstep.”
Liverpool Everyman’s and Playhouse Associate Director, Nick Bagnall has directed three of the films – Henry VI parts two and three, which will both be shown at the Everyman, and Titus Andronicus which stars Peter Capaldi will be shown at the Playhouse due to Peter’s starring role in The Ladykillers at the venue in 2011.
Nick said: “It has been an absolute delight to make these short films for Shakespeare’s Globe for their Complete Walk. I have a very close relationship to all three of the plays I directed for the project and to realise them on film with the most astonishing group of actors has been invigorating. I am thrilled that the films will be shown in Liverpool and it is a great coup for the city. I hope visitors enjoy watching them as much as I have enjoyed making them.”
For more information and a full listing of The Complete Walk visit www.cultureliverpool.co.uk/thecompletewalk.