I wonder how you’ll be marking Shakespeare’s birthday this year?
In Stratford-upon-Avon the celebrations take place over a few days (from Friday 20 through to Monday 23 April). There will be a large, international gathering and a terrific party atmosphere, visiting troupes, lots to see and enjoy in the streets. This year sees the start of the World Shakespeare Festival (70 productions in London, Stratford, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Brighton, and elsewhere). Best-selling novelist Salley Vickers will be giving the Shakespeare Birthday Lecture, ‘Shakespeare the psychologist’ at The Shakespeare Institute on the Friday afternoon. There’ll be the parade through the town from Shakespeare’s Birthplace to his grave at Holy Trinity Church, a special lunch at Shakespeare’s school, and a service of thanksgiving for Shakespeare on the Sunday.
But wherever you are in the world, there’s an opportunity to join in Shakespearian conversation via a webinar on Monday 23rd April itself.
In the spirit of that day being Shakespeare’s birthday, I’ll be chatting with two eminent Shakespeare scholars: Reg Foakes (U.C.L.A.) and David Lindley (University of Leeds). Our webinar is called ‘Making Shakespeare’.
On 23 April the New Cambridge Shakespeare edition comes of age. It will reach completion as a series with the publication of The Two Noble Kinsmen. It’s a distinguished and much-loved edition of Shakespeare.
Professors Foakes and Lindley have both ‘made’ Shakespeare in the forms of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest for the Cambridge series, so we’ll be talking about those plays, the challenges of ‘making’ and presenting Shakespeare’s text, and how editions of Shakespeare form our understanding of him as a writer. But there’ll be an opportunity for you to join the discussion, too, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions as part of the session.
The webinar is free to join, and we are grateful to Cambridge University Press for sponsoring the event.
So, do please join us from wherever you happen to be on Monday 23 April at 4.00pm (BST) for ‘Making Shakespeare’: a great way to mark and make Shakespeare’s Birthday!
You can join the webinar by clicking here.