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New Poem by Wendy Cope on Shakespeare

The 60th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival is in full swing. Following on from last year, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is hosting its second Writer in Residence, the great Wendy Cope. She is surely one of the most popular poets of her generation. Her poems, often funny on the surface, ring concisely true with modern concerns and […]

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Shakespeare in our own words

On 11 July 2013 we hosted the showcase evening for a project we have been running since the autumn of 2012. 60 young people from 13 to 16  years old came to show off the poetry they had created re-telling Shakespeare’s tales in their own words. The “Shakespeare in Our Own Words” project was made […]

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'Romeo and Juliet' edited by Rene Weis for the Arden Shakespeare

Making ‘Romeo and Juliet’ New

Every new edition of a Shakespeare play brings with it fresh insights, the work is dressed anew for our own times by a scholarly introduction, notes, and different emphases. It was a great pleasure to welcome Professor Rene Weis of University College London to The Shakespeare Centre yesterday to speak on his new edition of […]

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Published by Oxford University Press in February 2012

Shakespeare’s Many Moods of Love

The great actor Sir Ian McKellen, who is also well-known as a gay activist, was recently quoted in the press as saying that Shakespeare himself was probably gay. Invited to comment on this, I pointed out that there was nothing new in the idea, which for a long time has been frequently expressed especially because […]

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Shakespearience 4: Hamlet’s Depression

For this first Shakespearience blog of the new year, let’s turn to the most famous speech in all drama. You’ll know which one I mean: To be, or not to be – that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms […]

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Shakespeare, Poetry, Holy Trinity Church

It’s not every actor who can speak poetry well. Daring to elevate heightened language so that it rises from the page somewhere between song and naturally spoken word is a risk that many actors choose to avoid. It is not part of drama school training and tends to be skill which is acquired gradually over […]

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“Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing” (Sir Ralph Richardson)

We’ve had a lovely group of talented actors from Texas with us this week.  They have been participating in one of our ‘Shakespeare Text and Theatre’ courses, whilst also rehearsing and doing research in our archives.  As well as seeing and discussing the RSC’s repertoire, this group also had the chance to see a new […]

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Shakespeare and Amnesty

When I think about prisoners in Shakespeare, two characters spring readily to mind: Richard II and Ariel in The Tempest. There many more examples: Malvolio is put into a dark room in Twelfth Night, or What You Will; Claudio and other customers from the brothel are imprisoned in Measure for Measure; King Lear and Cordelia […]

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Shakespeare and Poetry

I can’t help thinking of Shakespeare as a poet first and a playwright second. I know we all of us want Shakespeare to do both equally well, but I think first and foremost his mind and imagination were alive with poetic and rhetorical possibilities. The first time he breaks into print is with the long […]

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