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David Tennant to host live RSC 2016 Shakespeare broadcast on BBC

David Tennant in Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2013 David Tennant in Richard II at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2013
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David Tennant will host a live broadcast on BBC2 next year to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

A collaboration between the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC, the project promises to “celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy across all the performing arts”, and will be broadcast on April 23, 2016.

Few details are known at this stage, but at the launch of the BBC’s Get Creative drive last year the corporation said it would partner with organisations including RSC to “explore new ways of making and broadcasting theatre”.

As part of its programming for the anniversary year, the RSC has also announced that it will tour Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V to theatres in China, for what producers said was the company’s first major tour there.

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