In Northern Ireland, we invite you to join us for a global celebration of William Shakespeare. Experience his work directly in Higher Education Institutions, on stage, via exhibtions, on film and online.

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Until June 30: Exhibition on Shakespeare 1564-1616 at Belfast Central Library (FREE)

A fascinating exhibition including a rare seventeenth-century Shakespeare folio and colourful editions from the library collections.


26 April - 31 May 2016: Shakespeare Lives through Sir Kenneth Branagh on stage and screen at the QFT

Exhibition featuring rarely seen artefacts from the Sir Kenneth Branagh Archive in Special Collections, the McClay Library (QUB), which illustrate the actor-director's remarkable Shakespeare career, from his debut as Henry V with the Royal Shakespeare Company aged just 23 to his Oscar-nominated screen adaption of Hamlet, and beyond.

The exhibtion will then travel to various Higher Education Institutions in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Exhibition launch - 7 May 2016, 5.30pm 


October 3-28: Shakespeare Exhibition at the Linen Hall Library (FREE)

Featuring wonderful items from the Linen Hall collections, including posters, programmes, editions and pamphlet materials.


Film Screenings 


 May - June: BFI presents Shakespeare on film

As part of Shakespeare on Film, QFT will present  a special programme of films and events during May and June. Programme highlights include a focus on the many adaptions of Shakespeare's greatest tragey, Macbeth, and a season dedicated to the Shakespeare films of Belfast's own Sir Kenneth Branagh. For more information on these and other events, visit and


23 May: Viola (2013) and The Princess of France (2015) at Queen's University Belfast (Graduate School, Free, 7pm)

A rare opportunity to see exciting film adaptions of Shakespeare by filmaker Matias Pinerio


27 May: Henry V Screening plus Q&A with Sir Kenneth Branagh at the QFT


 8 June: RSC Live: Hamlet at the QFT (7pm)


 7 July: Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet at the QFT (7pm)


 12 October: RSC Live: King Lear at the QFT (7pm)


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October 18: Prospero's prison read-through at the Linen Hall Library (Performance Space, FREE, 2pm) 

An interactive read-through of Prospero's Prison, an adaption of The Tempest, by Educational Shakespeare Company.


Amanda Coogan, You Turn Me on, I'm a Radio

October: Dublin-born artist but now Belfast resident, Amanda, will present her new multi-media work, You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio as part of this year's Belfast International Arts Festival.  

Working in collaboration with Deaf communities in Northern Ireland and South Africa, different Shakespearean plays will be woven together into a performance that empowers both participants and audiences to take a fresh new look at Shakespeare’s works.

More here

Talks/ workshops

 May 23: Workshop with Matias Pinero at Queen's University Belfast (Graduate School, FREE - 7-8pm)

Matias Pineiro is a leading young Argentine filmmaker who has attracted praise and plaudits on the international cinema scene for his bold, innovative and impassioned adaptions of Shakespeare.


May 24: Panel on Latin American Shakespeares at Queen's University Belfast (Graduate School, FREE)

Chair: Mia Hewitt (QUB)


October 13: Shakespeare: Here and elsewhere at the Linen Hall Library (Performance Space, FREE, 2pm)

Lecture from Prof Mark Thorton Burnett (QUB) with a competition and prizes!


November 16: Shakespeare of Roscommon: Cheek by Jowl's Lady Betty (1989) and The Winter's Tale (2016) at Queen's University Belfast (Room 008, 18 College Green, QUB, FREE, 4pm)

Public lecture by Dr Peter Kirwan (University of Nottingham) - email to book your place


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