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Shakespeare 400 Season

For over 400 years, Shakespeare has brought wonder, joy, consolation, illumination, and inspiration into lives all over the globe. On the 400th anniversary of his passing in 2016, we were honored to play a part in the global celebration of his legacy- #Shakespeare400. See how we celebrated the historic year!

Past Events

Bar(d) Crawl + Sonnet-A-Thon: April 23, 2016

We started at The Press Room and moved to five different venues within walking distance of each other in downtown Portsmouth, NH, all in synch with a Sonnet-A-Thon. 

Shakespeare Day Proclamation: April 23, 2016

Want to know more about ShakesBEERience? Curious as to how the program started and why we do it?... then check out this short documentary created by our dear friend and videographer Julie Lawlor. 


Shot during our first ShakesBEERience season (2012-2013), the documentary features:  1:1 interviews with Co-Founders Dan Beaulieu & Christine Penney; clips from the first season and ShakesBEERience rehearsals; insight as to how Seven Stages came to be, and more!

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the City of Portsmouth officially proclaimed April 23rd (the date of William Shakespeare’s birth and death)... Shakespeare Day and named 7SSC as Portsmouth's Official Shakespeare Company.

Shakespeare Beat Night: April 21, 2016

We celebrated the Bard's birthday and legacy (which was just two days after this event) with an evening of poetry and spoken word, accompanied by live music, and inspired by William Shakespeare.

Messenger Day: June 12, 2016

Our wildly-popular ShakesBEERience play reading program headed on-location to Throwback Brewery where eight of Shakespeare's history plays were read between dawn and dusk in chronological order. Professional actors- script in one hand, beer in the other- took you on the journey starting with Richard II, and wrapped up the event as night fell with Richard III. 

Being Shakespeare: October 7 - 15, 2016

Stages Shakespeare Company and ACT ONE presented the first U.S. production of the highly praised new play by the preeminient Shakespearean scholar, Jonathan Bate, directed by 7SSC C0-Founder & Artistic Director Dan Beaulieu.

Being Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate. Copyright © by Jonathan Bate, used by permission of The Wylie Agency LLC

Lear.  Nov 3-12 @ Millspace in Newmarket.

An exploration of one of Shakespeare's most daunting and famous texts, King Lear

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