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Shakespeare, costume, and the Royal Shakespeare Company: an insight into the work of designer Ann Curtis

By Ella Hawkins The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Archive features an impressive collection of original costume designs. Covering a period of approximately 70 years, the collection contains approximately 1,250 individual designs relating to 96 productions staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company between 1919 and 1988. Several boxes featuring in the Trust’s collection contain the work of […]

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The Legal Connection – Shakespeare, Law, and Middle Temple Hall.

By Lucy Nordberg An interview with Professor Jessica Winston, Professor of English and Chair of the History Department at Idaho State University, and author of Lawyers at Play: Literature, Law, and Politics at the Early Modern Inns of Court, 1558–1581, published by Oxford University Press (2016). While researching Elizabethan playing spaces, I recently investigated the […]

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“speak like an ancient and most quiet watchman”: Much Ado About Nothing in the Summer of Love

By Kelsey Ridge, University of Birmingham This year, the Globe theatre flourishes its Summer of Love with Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing set in 1914 Mexico during the first wave of Mexican revolution.  It’s an overall lively and engaging production which they bill as “a fusion of Latin music, desert flowers and revolutionary politics.”  […]

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A portrait of William Shakespeare is seen in the Third Folio, in London, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. The Third Folio is estimated at 300,000-400,000 UK pounds (422,400-563,200 US dollars), includes Pericles for the first time and is illustrated with Shakespeareís iconic portrait by English engraver Martin Droeshout. William Shakespeare died 400 years ago, but his stock has never been higher. To coincide with the anniversary of the Bard's death, Christie's is selling copies of the first four editions of his plays - a collection the auctioneer's head of books, Margaret Ford, calls "the holy grail of publishing." The four folios are going on display in New York April 1-8 and London April 20-28 before being sold in London on May 25. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Globalization and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century

Globalization and the Humanities in the Twenty-first Century By Alexa Alice Joubin Some people register a sense of place through sweet memories of taste and sounds, others through scent and smell, and still others through images in their mind’s eye. To me, the world is made up of stories. Stories full of sound and fury. […]

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From Gdańsk, with love… for Europe and Shakespeare

By Janice Valls-Russell Cranes are – along with spires and towers – part of the Gdańsk cityscape. The harbour had a man-powered crane back in the Middle Ages, to unload cargo in this busy Hanseatic harbour, long before the steel monsters we associate with the city’s shipyards and their politically charged history. Today, building cranes […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Macbeth: Leïla and Ben – A Bloody History

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Macbeth: Leïla & Ben – A Bloody History, Artistes Productuers Associés, dir. Lotfi Achour, Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 13 July 2012 By Adam Hansen, University of Northumbria Ted […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – Julius Caesar

Continuing the series on Shakespeare’s sources – I turn my attention to Julius Caesar. Mark Antony’s famous ‘Friends, Romans, Countrymen …’ speech existed in several versions and was famed in Shakespeare’s life as a great rhetorical speech. Shakespeare may even have had to study a version of this speech at school – noting the rhetorical flourishes for […]

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21st Century Shakespeare

This Monday I spent the day at Leicester Grammar school as part of a sixth form day that they hosted. My colleague Nick and I hosted a number of sessions and rounded off the day with a question and answer session. I always look forward to these sessions because they are truly spontaneous requiring me […]

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