Tag Archives: Ellen Terry

#YouToo, Helena?: All’s Well That Ends Well and Sexual Consent

By Kelsey Ridge, The Shakespeare Institute There are many questions inspired by Shakespeare’s problem play of dubious decision-making, All’s Well That End’s Well, but foremost among them must be, “What the hell, Helena?” Any production has to grapple with Helena’s moral character and determine what motivates her. Some, like Ellen Terry, see her as a […]

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Solving Mysteries in the SBT Archives: Ethel Webling and Herbert Beerbohm Tree

Solving Mysteries in the SBT Archives: Ethel Webling and Herbert Beerbohm Tree By Ella Hawkins   Tucked away in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Rare Books strongroom is an item that has until recently been shrouded in mystery: a unique edition of Julius Caesar with an undocumented origin, purpose, and past. The item features printed pages […]

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Much Ado About Churches: Henry Irving does a wedding

In anticipation of the Indian-themed production of Much Ado About Nothing opening at the Courtyard Theatre in July, I’m thinking back to spectacular Victorian mountings of Shakespeare’s comedy. And what more striking production of this play was there in this period than that of Henry Irving: the rigorous Methodist and much-debated actor-manager of the Lyceum […]

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‘These our actors’

Last year, as I wrote in an earlier blog, I compiled a programme for the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival called ‘At the Mermaid Tavern’, which included a wide selection of writings by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, some of them anonymous. I was pleased to be asked to put together another programme for this year’s festival. The […]

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Dame Edith Evans: A Rare Shakespearian Beauty

One of the exhibits in our recent ‘Shakespeare’s Women in Performance’ exhibition was a portrait of Dame Edith Evans, about whom I recently wrote an article for The Stage in their series about the Greatest Stage Actors. As that newspaper is mainly read by members of the theatrical, profession, I thought it might be appropriate […]

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