Tate Britain Performance

Pop-up Shakespeare at Tate Britain

William Blake, ‘Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing’ c.1786

Watch Tate’s collection spring to life as four scenes from Shakespeare’s plays are spontaneously performed at Tate Britain to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Scenes from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Othello and Romeo and Juliet will be played out in front of the paintings inspired by these works: Titania and Bottom and Lady Macbeth Seizing the Daggers by Henry Fuseli, Head of a Man by John Simpson and Queen Mab’s Cave by JMW Turner.

Here are some images with captions for a taste of what's to come:

William Blake, ‘Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing’ c.1786
William Blake
Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing c.1786
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Unknown artist, Britain, ‘A Young Lady Aged 21, Possibly Helena Snakenborg, Later Marchioness of Northampton’ 1569
Unknown artist, Britain
A Young Lady Aged 21, Possibly Helena Snakenborg, Later Marchioness of Northampton 1569
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James Barry, ‘King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia’ 1786–8
James Barry
King Lear Weeping over the Dead Body of Cordelia 1786–8
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John Simpson, ‘Head of a Man (?Ira Frederick Aldridge)’ exhibited 1827
John Simpson
Head of a Man (?Ira Frederick Aldridge) exhibited 1827
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Sir John Everett Millais, Bt, ‘Ophelia’ 1851–2
Sir John Everett Millais, Bt
Ophelia 1851–2
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William Holman Hunt, ‘Claudio and Isabella’ 1850
William Holman Hunt
Claudio and Isabella 1850
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Henry Fuseli Titania and Bottom c.1790

Joseph Mallord William Turner, ‘Queen Mab’s Cave’ exhibited 1846
Joseph Mallord William Turner
Queen Mab’s Cave exhibited 1846
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Henry Fuseli Lady Macbeth Seizing the Daggers exhibited 1812


Performance Times

13.00: Romeo and Juliet, room 1840

14.00: Midsummer Night’s Dream, room 1780

15.00: Othello, room 1810

16.00: Macbeth room 1780

Scenes courtesy of Spearshaker Theatre and Timezone Theatre with performances by Alice White, Allie Kaufman, Megan Smith, Tessa Hart and Shane Noone and direction by Kate Brockett and Pamela Schermann.

You can also take yourself on a trail of our other Shakespeare inspired works in Tate’s Collection

Tate Britain

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London SW1P 4RG
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Date & Time

23 April 2016 at 13.00–16.00

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