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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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Queen Elizabeth’s Corsets

By Stephen Grant. In October 1931, armored trucks left Brooklyn––where Shakespeare collectors Henry and Emily Folger had lived––for a night ride to Washington DC. Security guards packed Colt .45 pistols, riot guns, and tear-gas bombs. When Folger Shakespeare Library staff unpacked the 2100 cases constituting the Folger collection, they were in for a few surprises. […]

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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 Huang 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. Great […]

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Leslie Hotson's 1931 book

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In Shakespeare versus Shallow (1931), Leslie Hotson wrote that if you wanted to look for new facts about William Shakespeare’s life then you should not “turn to the standard biographies for nourishment” as these were not about research but were merely capitalizing on the results of earlier findings. This, perhaps unsurprisingly, did not sit well […]

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Islet of Wonder

‘O Brave New World’ – Atmospheres of the Tempest A Retz production, www.retz.co.uk January to July 2012 297 Hoxton Street, London N1, Hoxton Gardens and the Grand Union Canal   Reviewed by Polly Mortimer   This fantastical production reached its audience on many levels – the physical space (a small deserted shop in Hoxton), which shapeshifted every month,  […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival

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.   Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival By Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick At a meeting of the Year of Shakespeare contributors last week, I found myself thinking about […]

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Something Bold This Way Comes: A Tempest for 21st Century London

With the array of weird and wonderful performances currently on display at the World Shakespeare Festival, you could be forgiven for thinking that a new, truly unique, and truly unusual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays represents something of an impossibility. Enter Fifth Column Film’s feature-length film, Tempest.     Four years in the making, […]

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Year of Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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.   The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Two Gents Productions, dir. by Arne Pohlmeier, 9 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Penelope Woods, Queen Mary University of London / The Globe With a […]

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Shakespeare in Limerick

I owe a lot to Shakespeare – like everyone else – particularly my English teacher, Eoin O’Moore… Without Shakespeare I’d never have met “Mr O’Moore” in a Jesuit school Crescent College Limerick, Ireland. Without Shakespeare, my English teacher would have had to resort to all sort of lesser mortals – & god knows what I’d […]

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