“Shakespeare on the Road is the story of Shakespeare in contemporary North America told through an epic road trip during the summer of 2014. In July and August, our team will visit a range of Shakespeare festivals across the length and breadth of the US (with one notable Canadian incursion). …Over 60 days, we’ll travel roughly 10,000 miles, see dozens of Shakespeare productions and meet hundreds of the people who — year in, year out — make Shakespeare happen across the continent.” — The Shakespeare on the Road Traveling Team
Fasten your seatbelts, the British are coming! In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in England’s Stratford-upon-Avon and the University of Warwick are embarking on a summer-long road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals all around North America for a documentary project entitled Shakespeare on the Road, and we’re excited to be one of them!
The traveling Shakespeare on the Road team consists of Dr. Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Dr. Paul Prescott, Reader in English at the University of Warwich, UK, and AJ and Melissa Leon, founders of Misfit, Inc. The team will be in Nashville for Shakespeare in the Park and As You Like It, August 23rd – 25th, to chat with us, our actors, our collaborators, our patrons, and our audience (YOU) about their experience of Shakespeare for a documentary and book.
As August draws near, we will have more exiting news and updates, and events(!), to share with you about Shakespeare on the Road. To stay up to date on the Shakespeare on the Road project, their visit to Nashville and Shakespeare in the Park, keep your eyes peeled on our website, Facebook and Twitter feeds!
The official announcement was made Saturday, May 3rd, by Mayor Karl Dean at the Nashville Public Library downtown during our monthly Shakespeare Allowed! series. Arts Nash and photographer Rick Malkin covered the event.