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Marie Corelli in her conservatory at Mason Croft (now the Shakespeare Institute). She lived there from 1901 until her death in 1924. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Marie Corelli: Stratford-upon-Avon’s‘Fairy Queen’?

By Nick Birch   In 1899 Marie Corelli, with her companion Bertha Van de Vyver, arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon. Marie Corelli was, by that time, the world’s most successful living author and a Victorian celebrity. It was said that if you had not actually read one of her books, you certainly knew whom she was. If […]

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A Yorkshire Tragedy, 1953-2013: Celebrating 60 years of the Shakespeare Institute Players.

The eminent theatre historian Allardyce Nicoll founded the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upo-Avon as a postgraduate centre for the study of Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. Inheriting the former headquarters of the British Council, Mason Croft, the house that once belonged to the popular novelist Marie Corelli and her partner, Bertha Vyver, the Institute opened in October 1951. […]

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