Wycombe Abbey takes over Shakespeare’s Globe for anniversary celebration

Wycombe Abbey celebrated its own 120th anniversary as a school as well as 400 years since the death of Shakespeare by staging ‘A Shakespeare Soirée’ at Shakespeare’s Globe on Sunday 20 March 2016.

The evening saw 16 different performances including monologues, duologues, ensemble pieces, songs and dances based on a range of plays from the canon. A cast of 220 current and former Wycombe Abbey pupils took to the stage in the fast paced soirée, led by Head of Drama and the event’s artistic director Catherine Livesey. The evening was attended by more than 1000 members of the School’s community.

The first half of the show saw the inaugural performance of ‘on point’ dancing on the stage of Shakespeare’s Globe, taking inspiration from Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and José Limon’s ‘The Moor’s Pavanne’.

Iraj Ispahani, current parent and Deputy Chairman of the Board at Shakespeare’s Globe, said, ‘I was inspired by such an engaging and energetic performance, the talented girls put on a magnificent show. They owned the stage.’

Headmistress Rhiannon J Wilkinson said, ‘I have no doubt that over the years Wycombe Abbey has seen many theatrical, musical and dance triumphs. Equally, I am sure that Sunday evening’s magical performance celebrating our 120th anniversary, at Shakespeare’s Globe, was one of the greatest in the School’s distinguished history.

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