Outdoor arts company Emergency Exit Arts (EEA), based in Greenwich, has been invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-upon-Avon to create a commemorative spectacular in honour of Shakespeare.
On Saturday, 23 April, there will be a special celebratory evening in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Live! From The RSC to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard of Avon’s death. The evening will be hosted by David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones) and broadcast on BBC Two and live to cinemas.
This is the second time EEA have been invited to create something special for the RSC. This time they are creating a stunning finale for the day’s celebrations, which will see a free fireworks display for all at approximately 10.30pm. The pyrotechnic and lighting show will begin with an astonishing eight metre high depiction of Shakespeare’s face drawn in flames, hand crafted especially by EEA for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
As well as fireworks EEA are creating evocative lighting for the exterior of the RSC and an illuminated pathway called the Line of Light which goes from the theatre to Shakespeare’s grave at Holy Trinity Church.
Emergency Exit Arts Artistic Director, Deb Mullins said: “We are delighted that the RSC has invited us to be part of their celebrations for Shakespeare’s commemoration. We really value the relationship we have built with the theatre since 2014 when we created a spectacular fiery celebration for Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.”