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Shakespeare Out of Europe

Shakespeare Out of Europe By Graham Holderness I remember a time when British culture among the educated was thoroughly European. Everyone listened to French music, wore Italian clothes, watched European films, smoked French cigarettes, drank German beer and French and Italian wine. Everyone owned a fondu set, and burned their mouths on hot melted cheese. […]

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Shakespeare and Europe

Shakespeare and Europe (Originally posted as part of the British Council Voices Magazine) Shortly after the lamentable news of the referendum result, I heard some English politicians being interviewed on BBC radio.  One of them remarked with apparent satisfaction that membership of the European Union had now been rejected by a majority of ‘our countrymen.’ […]

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Shakespeare Goes to Brussels

On Thursday 20 March a special Shakespeare delegation visited the European Parliament in Brussels. We had nothing to do with the Heads of State meeting there to discuss the appalling political situation in the Ukraine and Crimea. But in someways we had everything to do with it. One of our local M.E.P.s, Malcolm Harbour C.B.E., […]

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Honouring Professor Reg Foakes

Professor Reg Foakes, who died at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon just before Christmas, was a wise, liberal-minded, influential and much-loved Shakespeare scholar and teacher. His career spanned over sixty years at the universities of Birmingham, Durham, Yale, Toronto, Kent and Los Angeles. He was born and grew up in West Bromwich. His degree at Birmingham […]

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Sonnet for Advent 11: Sonnet 75

It was quite a telling moment when our reader today, Professor Michael Dobson, and I chatted about how to illustrate this sonnet. The abiding and extended image is of a miser, struggling to find peace with his wealth. This is how the poet feels with love: somewhere between enjoyment and doubt. The gaze of the […]

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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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Sonnets for Advent 8: Sonnet 23

I tend to resist biographical readings of Shakespeare’s Sonnets as inappropriate and reductive. But at the same time I want to admit that the poems reflect something of Shakespeare’s personality, precisely what is open to debate. Sonnet 23 relates directly to the poet’s reputation as an actor and a dramatist. Shakespeare knew what it was […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Re-Making Shakespeare

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.   ‘Re-Making Shakespeare’, Northern Stage, Newcastle, Saturday 14 July 2012. By Monika Smialkowska, University of Northumbria ‘Re-making Shakespeare’, co-organised by Northern Stage, the School of English at Newcastle University, and the RSC, […]

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Year of Shakespeare: London Workshop – Global Politics and the 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.   On 12 June twenty-five academics, theatre practitioners, digital curators, and museums specialists gathered in London to discuss the Globe to Globe and World Shakespeare Festivals so far. We live tweeted […]

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