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“All the world’s a stage” (no.7 in series)

In the run-up to The Ninth World Shakespeare Congress in Prague I posted a selection of blogs from grant winners looking forward to that event. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting a selection of blogs from some  more of those grant winners, giving a taste of the papers they presented at […]

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“There is a world elsewhere”

    Having spent countless hours over the last five years putting plans in place for the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress – it was great to see the event finally get under way.  It was at once a chance to put faces to names, and an opportunity to connect people with shared passions. I took […]

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60 Minutes with Shakespeare

For true Shakespearians, there is no question that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare; no debate; no issue. There is a significant mass of historical evidence. His name, or those of the theatre companies for whom he worked, appears on many title-pages; he had an aristocratic patron, the Earl of Southampton; he is described as a writer by […]

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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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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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“All the World’s a Stage” (No. 4 in Series)

The Ninth World Shakespeare Congress www.shakespeare2011.net is now less than a month away.  In the run-up to the event I am going to post a series of blogs from delegates from around the world who have been awarded travel grants by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  All of the grant winners have different stories to tell […]

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Feminist Shakespeare

When Josie Rourke’s King John followed Marianne Elliot’s Much Ado About Nothing into The Swan Theatre as part of the RSC’s 2006 Complete Works Festival the theatre critic, Michael Billington, said we are witnessing the emergence of  ‘a powerful new generation of female classical directors.’ Five years on and Josie Rourke’s new production of Much Ado is a hit […]

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Shakespeare’s Villains – Iago

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 Iago  on Thursday 30th June  when they post their blog. […]

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All the world’s a stage

The Ninth World Shakespeare Congress www.shakespeare2011.net is now less than a month away.  In the run-up to the event I am going to post a series of blogs from delegates from around the world who have been awarded travel grants by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  All of the grant winners have different stories to tell […]

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