Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death marked with festival throughout Huntingdon
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Huntingdon marked the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the world’s greatest playwrights and storytellers after turning the town into a stage.
To commemorate Shakespeare’s creative legacy, The Shakespeare at The George trust created a festival that saw actors reading sonnets on the High Street and donning outfits replicating those in his plays.
Co-organiser Reuben Milne said: “This is the first time that we had ever put on something like this and in our own little way we put something on that we believe Shakespeare would have recognised and approved.”
During the day the trust transformed the Commemoration Hall into Huntingdon’s own Globe Theatre with festival visitors learning about all aspects of Shakespeare’s plays from how to stage a sword fight to taking part in a Shakespearean dance.
“The audiences thoroughly enjoyed themselves and had a lovely day. We had some people that stayed all day and others that came to one session then returned another later but everyone got involved,” added Mr Milne.
Festival goers also enjoyed performances by local groups inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous plays.
The day was closed was a director and actor masterclass delivered by Cambridge theatre director and Shakespearian author Stephen Siddall.