“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none,” “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves,” “If music be the food of love, play on,” these are just three of the most famous quotes from Britain’s greatest poet, William Shakespeare.
This celebrated Briton might be in his prime as a writer four centuries ago, but his global legacy lives on. Shakespeare has inspired and influenced millions to this day, thanks to his supreme ability to capture the essence of the human condition that remains as vital and relevant in the 21st century as it was during his time.
To celebrate Shakespeare’s universal influence, audiences can participate in an exciting program of events and activities lined up across the globe around his life and legacy.
In Manila, The Bard—or the great poet—will headline British Embassy Manila’s annual “The British Festival.”
“The themes of Shakespeare’s works are timeless. Politics, romance, intrigue, comedy and tragedy are seen in many adaptations in films, music, opera, literature and animation. Shakespeare has always been accessible. You don’t have to be a Literature or English major to understand an enjoy Shakespeare. You can catch three days of The Bard at The British Festival – so say yes to the question to be or not to be, be there,” British Ambassador Asif Ahmad said inviting Filipinos to join the festival.
Happening from February 26 to 28 at Bonifacio High Street, BGC, The British Festival will have new attraction, the Shakespeare Pavilion, which will house a series of events and performances that celebrate the works of one of the most influential literary figures in the world.
Moreover, budding artists can join the children’s theatre workshop conducted by the Philippine Education Theatre Association (PETA). Others can also take part in “Everyday Shakespeare Talks” by the Manila Shakespeare Company.
To be presented are excerpts of PETA’s highly-lauded Shakespeare rap-musical William, Word of Mouth Theater’s William Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, and British School Manila’s A Comedy of Errors.
Pocket live performances of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and Julius Caesar, The Tempest Reimagined will also be staged.
Everyone is also invited to join the British Council’s Play Your Part by sharing favorite Shakespeare quotes through various online formats like 30-seconder videos and tweets, using the hashtag #PlayYourPart.
All activities at the Shakespeare Pavilion of The British Festival are open to the public and are free of charge.