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Shakespeare is coming to Granby Four Streets

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Shakespeare is coming to Granby Four Streets!

Granby Four Streets is amongst the venues getting ready to host a very special tribute to one of the world’s most famous playwrights.

 Announced last month by Shakespeare’s Globe, Liverpool is the only UK city, so far, outside of London to host The Complete Walk.

 The free project will see 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.

Granby 4 Streets, The Florrie, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Kazimier Garden, the Town Hall, Aloft hotel, Liverpool Cathedral and Tate Liverpool are just some of the venues who will be hosting the rolling ten minute films. 

Some of the cast announced so far for the films is Simon Russell Beale, Zawe Ashton, Peter Capaldi, Dominic West, James Norton, Olivia Williams, Jonathan Pryce, 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.

Michael Simon, Community Development Co-Ordinator for the Granby 4 Streets CLT said: “Granby Street, is known for its rich and culturally diverse history; with stories from across the globe converging to form a particular narrative of identity and place. It’s funny in some ways that the immortal plays of Shakespeare reflect similar issues that permeate our community today - belonging, loss, changing identity and most of all love! That is why we at Granby 4 Streets CLT are delighted and honoured to be involved in the hosting of The Complete Walk, such a prestigious event will allow us to continue in cementing the diverse 'voice' of our community within the history and wider cultural renaissance of Liverpool."

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.”

Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for culture, tourism and events, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “When it was announced last month that Liverpool was to play host to this special event we had a fantastic response from organisations in the city centre.

“There is a real variety of organisations taking part, from the cathedral to bars, hotels to tourist information centres which is an added element for the people taking part in this special Shakespeare trail.”

The films we are showing and the times (which are subject to change) are as follows:

Saturday 23 April:

1. Pericles - Winter Garden Site, Cairns Street

2. Troilus & Cressida - Granby Workshop 142 Granby Street

Sunday 24 April between

1. Pericles - Winter Garden Site, Cairns Street

2. Troilus & Cressida - Granby Workshop 142 Granby Street

3. Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 Granby Street/Cairns Street


Liverpool’s Complete Walk is being sponsored by Edge Hill University. 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.”