Beverly Hills Mayor Proclaims “Shakespeare 400 Day” for Britweek 10th Anniversary Celebration

City of Beverly Hills, British Stars Honor Shakespeare Anniversary
Press Conference Heralds BritWeek Event at the Wallis

Beverly Hills, Calif. — Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch and Britweek Chairman Bob Peirce, heralded the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death with an official proclamation by the City of Beverly Hills at a star-studded press conference held at the Beverly Hills City Hall. The event also recognized the upcoming 10th Anniversary of Britweek Los Angeles which Peirce co-founded with Nigel Lythgoe.


Presenting the official proclamation to Chairman Peirce,  Mayor Mirisch spoke of Shakespeare’s enduring allure and continued relevance 400 years after his death. “So much of life’s wisdom is found in Shakespeare,” Mayor Mirisch said. “We are forever enriched because he saw the world as ‘this great stage of fools’ with all its humor, sadness and desire.”


Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch presents the proclamation of Shakespeare 400 Day to Britweek Chairman, Bob Peirce. (Photo: Tony Edwards for Britweek)

To honor the occasion of Shakespeare 400 Day, Britweek plans to kick off their 10th Anniversary year on April 23rd with an exciting one-night only production honoring the Bard’s work in “Murder, Lust and Madness” written, produced and directed by  famed Shakespearian Scholar Louis Fantasia.  “To paraphrase the Bard himself ‘we come to praise Shakespeare, not to bury him!’” said Fantasia, “Even though this is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we are actually celebrating the life and works of the greatest playwright and poet in the English language.”


The performance, to be performed at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, will feature an all–star cast including Sir Patrick Stewart, Michael York, Joan Van Ark, Ioan Gruffudd, Harry Hamlin, Lesley Nicol, Jimmy Akingbola and more!

Legendary British actor, Michael York to appear with

Legendary British actor, Michael York (Right) pictured with wife, Patricia McCallum (Center) to appear with Arrow/Holby City star, Jimmy Akingbola (Left) (Photo: Tony Edwards for Britweek)


“The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be marked with celebrations, performances, lectures and discussions all around the Globe!” says Fantasia. “Literally, all the world is still Shakespeare’s stage, and I am thrilled that we are kicking off this tenth anniversary year of Britweek, with an evening of some of Shakespeare’s most passionate plays — OTHELLO, MACBETH, ROMEO & JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM — in short, an evening of “Murder, Lust, & Madness“ in verse, prose, song and dance from William Shakespeare.“


27 acclaimed actors, musicians, and dancers take to the stage to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in a star-studded one-night-only performance at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Speaking at the Britweek press event, British Consul-General, Chris O’Connor OBE called Shakespeare a “global treasure” loved as much in the US as he is in the UK.  How fitting that Britweek Los Angeles will kick off with a celebration of Shakespeare’s most beloved works!


Britweek Co-Founder/Chairman Bob Peirce with British Consul General, Chris O’Connor OBE           (Photo: Tony Edwards for Britweek)


The public is invited to attend the performance of “Murder, Lust and Madness”. For more information on how to purchase tickets or how to attend any of the Britweek events visit:

Anglophile Channel Executive Producer with Actress Joan Van Ark

Dallas/Knotts Landing star, Joan Van Ark with TAC Executive Producer, Marlise Boland          (Photo: Tony Edwards for Britweek)

Of course, The Anglophile Channel will be there to bring you all the excitement that Britweek10 has to offer! Be sure to subscribe to us on YouTube for the latest interviews and updates: The Anglophile Channel

The cast and creatives of Murder, Lust and Madness and Britweek10

The cast and creatives of Murder, Lust and Madness (Photo: Tony Edwards for Britweek)

Lady Anglophile…practicing her Iambic Pentameter for the occasion!

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