He is one of the world’s most famous playwrights, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. Now, to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birthday, the V&A is inviting members of the public to take part in a ‘Cakespeare’ cake baking competition.
Participants are encouraged to design, bake and decorate a cake celebrating the life and works of Shakespeare, and upload an image to social media by 4 May, tagged #Cakespeare.
The winner will be selected by actor Jane Asher and director of the V&A department of theatre and performance, Geoff Marsh. The victorious baker will enjoy a weekend for two in Stratford-upon-Avon – Shakespeare’s hometown – and tickets to see the Royal Shakespeare Company.
The competition marks both the anniversary of the playwright’s birth – traditionally believed to be 23 April – and the launch of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, which will run from 21 April to 4 May.
Jane Asher kicked off the competition with a 15kg fruitcake depicting the playwright at work. Created by Jane Asher Party Cakes, it features a writing desk and feather quill made from icing, and a scroll listing the 36 plays listed in Shakespeare’s First Folio.
Containing 17 eggs and almost 4kg of dried fruit, the cake includes a quote from Twelfth Night: “Do you think because you are virtuous, that there shall be no more cakes and ale?”
The V&A’s Shakespeare Festival will see screenings of some of the best British Shakespearean theatre productions from the past 20 years, as well as a series of talks and debates.
Visitors will also be able to follow a Shakespeare Trail around the V&A to discover objects from the museum’s collections related to the playwright.
To find out how to enter the Cakespeare competition, click here.
For more information about the festival, click here.
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