Tenth birthday for Shakespeare company

12003320_887471164639427_1352313811406074454_nThe year 1623 is one of the most significant in world culture as it was when the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays was published.

He had died seven years earlier but two of his colleagues from the King’s Men theatre company produced The First Folio to ensure that the plays survived for future generations.

In 2005 when self-confessed Shakespeare obsessive Ben Spiller was forming his own theatre company to champion the playwright’s work 1623 seemed to be the most appropriate name.

Ten years on and the award-winning company based at QUAD in Derby has become synonymous with thought-provoking, innovative projects which ensure that everyone has a chance to experience The Bard.

“It was just an idea ten years ago but people have really run with it and made my dream a reality,” said Ben who is now the company’s artistic director.

“For me it is all about allowing people…

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