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Doing Shakespeare While Black?

Doing Shakespeare While Black? By Alexa Huang Race is an uncomfortable but important topic in our age of globalization. In the art and entertainment industry, race is both visible and invisible in various forms of embodiment. After all, actors embody various characters and stories on stage and on screen, drawing attention to, or away from, […]

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Stratford-upon-Avon 1616

You might like to listen to Paul Edmondson’s lecture on Startford-upon-Avon 1616 Paul Edmondson’s lecture starts with Shakespeare’s funeral and the funeral monuments in Holy Trinity Church.  He thinks about Shakespeare’s life and reputation as they might have seemed to his contemporaries, and how his afterlife began even as people left the church after his funeral. […]

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Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship 2016

There is masses happening around the world in celebration of Shakespeare this week, and we thought we’d add the announcement of this year’s Louis Marder Shakespeare Centre Scholarship to the mix. Are you studying Shakespeare at college, university, or for leisure? Are you going to be using the archives or library of The Shakespeare Birthplace […]

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Henry Folger’s Brigg Umbrella with Concealed Pencil

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC contains not only Shakespearean treasures of every sort and size but various items belonging to its founders. Henry Folger ordered two racing umbrellas from the company founded in London in 1836 by Thomas Brigg as “Brigg and Sons.” The Folgers would have custom-ordered the umbrellas in London. The […]

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From Bangs to Maggs: Folger Fourth Folios

In 1889, 10 years after he graduated from Amherst College and 84 years before I did, Henry Folger walked “with fear and trepidation” into the foremost book auction house in America, Bangs and Co. on 91 Fifth Avenue. A large, thick volume caught his eye and changed his life forever. For the first time, he […]

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Programme Name: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - TX: n/a - Episode: Ep4 (No. 4) - Picture Shows: (L-R) Jonathan Strange (BERTIE CARVEL), Mr Norrell (EDDIE MARSAN) - (C) JSMN Ltd - Photographer: Matt Squire

Jonathan Strange and the Friends of English Verse Drama

 ‘This other magic, it will not do, sir.’ – Gilbert Norrell ‘But Shakespear’s Magick could not copy’d be, Within that Circle none durst walk but he.’ – John Dryden It’s entirely possible that my thesis is giving me tunnel vision, but the way characters discuss the ‘wild, cruel, medieval’ magic of the Raven King in […]

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The Shylock Project

by Shaul Bassi This summer scholars, actors, students will spend four weeks on a Venetian island with an ambitious goal, that of preparing the first ever promenade production of The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish Ghetto. Two landmark anniversaries will coincide in 2016: the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and the 500th anniversary […]

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Verse Drama Now #1: Speaking the Speech

As Christopher Marlowe anachronistically says in Anonymous, six years after his historical death: ‘It’s difficult to write, isn’t it? After watching something like Hamlet. It eats at you – at your soul…’ And it’s especially difficult to write a verse play. I’m a PhD researcher at the Shakespeare Institute looking at the history of verse […]

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Published 23 April 2015

Why Shakespeare Still Matters

Shakespeare has mattered ever since his name first appeared in print in 1593 with his erotic and entertaining poem, Venus and Adonis. He was 29 years old. For much of the poem the goddess of love is naked and begging for sex before Adonis, but he resists her advances. Venus and Adonis was a sensation […]

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