What is The Bard’s Night?

It is a black tie evening of celebration of the life and words of William Shakespeare and a toast to the spirit of the great man, consisting of an entertaining reception, an evocative dinner menu and outstanding professional performances drawn from Shakespeare’s works. This evening of celebration will take place across ten locations, simultaneously.

Following the great acclaim with which the pilot Bard’s Night was received, the aim is establish The Bard’s Night as an annual multi-centre, simultaneous, national event, on, or close to, the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare – April 23 – which is also St George’s Day. The evening is a celebration of the greatest English playwright on England’s national day.


Sponsorship support is needed before plans can be finalised, but future likely locations include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham or Leicester, Norwich, Leeds, Bristol, Portsmouth or Southampton, and Newcastle upon Tyne. There are even plans to include venues like Elsinore, Milan, Honfleur and Venice – all places mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.

Please click on the image below to see a short video on the pilot Bard’s Night, including feedback from guests.