Mark Rylance and Shakespeare’s Globe announce special event at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Shakespeare’s Globe and Mark Rylance have announced All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits, a unique event at Westminster Abbey, in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday. On Friday 21 April and Saturday 22 April, Mark will join a company of 25 actors, as Shakespeare’s plays, poetry and song are brought to life in fifty fleeting and intimate encounters throughout the Abbey.

Steeped in more than a thousand years of history, Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs, and the site of Shakespeare’s special monument in Poets’ Corner. Audience members will have the opportunity to encounter historic figures such as Richard II and Henry V as Shakespeare’s iconic words are heard from beside their tombs.

Shakespeare’s birthday weekend will also include the 25th anniversary of the Globe and Mark’s annual Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d, a walk through Shakespeare’s London brought alive by actors. Conceived by Mark Rylance, Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d will take place Saturday 22 April – Sunday 23 April, tracing routes through Westminster and the City and finishing at the Globe.

All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits

Friday 21 April at 6.30pm & 8.15pm

Saturday 22 April at 6.30pm & 8.15pm

Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d

Saturday 22 April departing in groups from locations in Westminster & Shoreditch between 11am – 1.30pm

Sunday 23 April departing in groups from locations in Westminster & Shoreditch between11am – 1.30pm

Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. The Abbey has been the Coronation church since 1066, and the setting for many other great events in the life of the nation. It is renowned as the burial place of kings and queens, and of other distinguished figures in the nation’s history, from writers and musicians to politicians and scientists. Together with St Margaret’s, the parish church of the Palace of Westminster, the Abbey plays a significant role in the life of the nation.