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  • For All Time, Steven Follen, for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Photo: Andrew Fox

Oh my stars

The RSC unveil beautiful star installation

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with a season of exhibition and events.

On the 23 April 2016, on Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death they will unveil the newly-restored Grade II listed Swan Wing. Built in 1879 is the oldest part of the RSC’s theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon.  

A highlight of the restored Swan Wing is For all time, a major new artwork commission by Brighton-based artist and designer Steven Follen. 

For all time is made of 2,000 stainless steel stars suspended from the ceiling by fine wires to make the shape of a 3-metre tall human face. The face is surrounded by further metal stars, which loosely reflect the position of the constellations on Shakespeare’s birthday.

In other craft-related Shakespeare activity – the RSC is also exhibiting Well Said! – an exhibition of the playwrights’s most memorable quotes transformed by makers into artworks. Gary Breeze has carved a quote from Hamlet into a stone orb, the Brilliant Sign Company takes on Midsummer Night’s Dream and Karina Thompson embroiders a quote from The Tempest. 

WELL SAID! Favourite Shakespeare Quotes is at Royal Shakespeare Theatre from 19 March - 18 September 2016