Archive | July, 2011
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Shakespeare in Bohemia

Last week I went to Prague for the International Shakespeare Association’s Ninth World Shakespeare Congress. These events take place every five years, and I’ve attended a number of them, starting with that at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1981, which was memorable not least because at the final dinner everyone was presented with a chocolate effigy of Shakespeare. […]

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Shakespeare’s Villains – Don John

This series on Shakespeare’s villains is being done in partnership with Finding Shakespeare - curating digital stories relating to Shakespeare’s life,  work and times.  Finding Shakespeare is the blog produced by the Collections Team here at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust– you can find out more about Don John on Thursday 28th July when they post their blog. I have […]

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Being Callow

Recently I was asked by Trafalgar Studios to host a question and answer session with Simon Callow following a performance of his one-man show Being Shakespeare (http://www.beingshakespeare.com/). I’ve no idea why or how this came about, but the invitation came with a free ticket, and free tickets should never be turned down. Callow delivered a […]

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‘It will have blood’: Macbeth in Czech

The audience began to revolve immediately the lights went down. Our entire bank of seating slowly turned 360 degrees, and we were invited to look at impressions of what was to follow: burning stumps of trees, the Weird Sisters walking towards us, Lady Macbeth standing on the steps of the castle. This was ‘Macbeth’ as […]

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Should Shakespeare be compulsory in schools?

Shakespeare is the only prescribed author in the UK schools’ National Curriculum but not everyone thinks compulsory Shakespeare is a good idea, least of all teachers. Before the launch of the National Curriculum in 1988 examining boards advised teachers to steer low achieving students away from Shakespeare and in 1993, after he became required reading, […]

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Shakespeare’s Villains – Richard III

This series on Shakespeare’s villains is being done in partnership with Finding Shakespeare - curating digital stories relating to Shakespeare’s life,  work and times.  Finding Shakespeare is the blog produced by the Collections Team here at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust– you can find out more about Tamora on Thursday 21st July when they post their blog. Following her husband’s […]

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Real Lives – Real Shakespeare – Episode 2

This series explores people’s personal stories about their enjoyment of Shakespeare. Here we meet Kezia who has been following us for a while on Twitter  @ShakespeareBT . Kezia seemed like she had a story to tell and we invited her to write a blog as part of this series.  If you would like to contribute […]

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Dreams of Shakespeare in Rodez

A colleague and I recently drove from Montpellier across the sheep-dotted Larzac plateau and over the Millau Viaduct (allegedly the world’s highest road-bridge) to Rodez. We had been invited to talk about A Midsummer Night’s Dream to pupils at the city’s Lycée Ferdinand Foch , which was founded two years, almost day for day, before […]

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Be seen, be heard, get on with it.

Summer’s here and the time is right for…outdoor Shakespeare. All over the country audiences are packing their picnic baskets and hoping for decent weather as they head out to see Shakespeare in the open air. Our Western tradition is based on outdoor theatre. From Greek tragedy through mystery plays and commedia dell’arte to pantomime and […]

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