As you may or may not know, it’s Shakespeare’s birthday today! (Happy Birthday, Will! 🙂 )
In order to celebrate the day accordingly, Shakespeare’s Globe organized The Complete Walk – a 10 minute short film for each play of the bard, especially shot on location and screened this weekend along the Thames.
Although the weather today was like the emotions of Romeo and Juliet translated to atmospheric conditions (rain, sun, wind, rain again – in 5-minute-intervals) I walked between the London Eye and London Bridge and out of 37 I saw the following 16 pieces:
- The taming of the shrew – Padua, Italy
- Henry IV part 2 – London, England
- Romeo and Juliet – Juliet’s Tomb, Verona, Italy
- Richard III – Tower of London, England
- Love’s Labour Lost – Navarre, Spain
- Richard II – The Houses of Parliament, London, England
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Wiltshire, England
- The Merchant of Venice – The Jewish Ghetto, Venice, Italy
- Henry IV part 1 – Indre-et-Loire, France
- Much Ado about Nothing – Sicily, Italy
- Hamlet – Elsinore, Denmark
- Othello – Famagusta, North Cyprus
- Measure for Measure – Burg Liechtenstein, Austria
- Twelfth Night – West Sussex, England
- All’s well that ends well – Chateau de Lourmarin, France
- Timon of Athens – Athens, Greece
The films were more like collages about the respective play, combining pieces of previous performances, images, historic facts and the scenes shot on location – very impressive nonetheless!
I had to make a short stop at The Globe and had some tea and brownie to thaw my fingers, but apart from that I really enjoyed the walk.
I knew for a long time that there is a walkway all along the Thames, but all I ever walked was the short (and classically touristic) distance between Tower Bridge and Tate Modern. So this was actually the perfect excuse to explore a little more of London!
Here’s the link to the webpage, if you’re interested in all the other short movies I didn’t mention, or the complete route of the walk: