The Royal Shakespeare Company have announced their 2016 Spring/Summer season, which marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

The Bard died on April 23 1616.

The RCS have planned special events across the world, with shows in theatres ranging from their home in Stratford-Upon-Avon to China.

Gregory Doran, the RSC Artistic Director, said: “2016 is a very important year. It’s the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and we are marking it with a very special occasion.

“To close the year we have a very special production as well – but my lips are sealed.

“I’ve been told I cannot tell you yet, but watch this space.

“We are going to finish Shakespeare’s jubilee year with a very special production.”

One of the highlights of the season is a live broadcast on BBC on Shakespeare’s birthday (April 26), to celebrate his legacy across different art forms.

It will be hosted by RSC Associate Artist David Tennant.

The programme also includes a visit to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, Shanghai Grand Theatre and Hong Kong Arts Festival.

This visit to the China is the beginning of a ten-year cultural exchange with the country, which incorporates the British Council’s work on a new education publication for Chinese and UK schools.

The season also includes a new family friendly exhibition about Shakespeare, the reopening of the Other Place theatre, and a tour of the Costume Store.

The international work also sees RSC performances in New York and Australia.

The RSC has launched the 2016 Spring/Summer season, which marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. For more information, click here.