Shakespeare's Greatest Hits: Son Et Lumière In Photos

Rachel Stoplar
By Rachel Stoplar Last edited 98 months ago

Last Updated 05 March 2016

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits: Son Et Lumière In Photos
Photo by Jamie Smith.

After Lumière London, you'd think the city would retire proudly from the light-show scene. But no — for Shakespeare400 we've got a Son et Lumière with a Bardic bent, a smash hits compilation of Will's best-known verse with accompanying dancing animation on the Guildhall's majestic façade. If you missed it on Friday, there's another chance tonight (5 March) at Guildhall between 6.45pm and 8.45pm.

Was it a little naff? Of course. But we couldn't help our spirits soaring as a kind of glorious assault of language bellowed over the speakers accompanied by dramatic Disneyfied images. Here's a selection of our favourites.

This royal throne of kings, this sceptr'd isle

Out, damned spot! ... Yet who would have thought the old man

to have had so much blood in him.

Hath not a Jew eyes? ... If you prick us do we not bleed?

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he today that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother

Photo by Jamie Smith.

To be, or not to be: that is the question

We are such stuff as dreams are made on


Photo by Jamie Smith.