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Shakespeare is not dead

When the amazing news, covered on this blog, came through that the remains of Richard III had been found in a Leicester car park, I shouted it upstairs to my daughter before driving off to work.  She thought King Richard had been found alive.  I instantly imagined him in a fluorescent jacket, working for NCP, […]

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New Shakespeares

Two years ago I was approached by our colleagues and friends at The Shakespeare Institute: would The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust be interested in collaborating on a new MA Programme on Shakespeare and Creativity? I was more than interested. The idea resonated through years of my seeing and knowing that Shakespeare is a tremendous source of […]

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Julia Margaret Cameron 'King Lear allotting his kingdom to his three daughters,' 1872. Cameron was an amateur photographer with connections in the Pre-Raphaelite art world; her images are largely motivated by prevailing notions of moral and aesthetic beauty. In this image, her husband Charles Hay Cameron poses as Lear, with the three daughters played by the Liddell sisters: Lorina, Edith and Lewis Carroll's muse, Alice.

Our Louis Marder Prize Winner

Shakespeare and Still Photography I am delighted to be awarded the Louis Marder Scholarship by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. My PhD research on ‘Shakespeare and Still Photography’ relies heavily on access to performance archives, and the scholarship will allow me take full advantage of the Shakespeare Centre Archive, particularly, its formidable collections of photographs dating […]

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Ian Richardson as Bertram

The Plays We Overlook: All’s Well That Ends Well

Of the three “problem plays,” Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure, with their dark cynicism about sex and politics, seem finally to be coming into their own in our darkly cynical time. Not so All’s Well That Ends Well. All’s Well has been called the comic version of Coriolanus; if nothing else, these are […]

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Doing Something about ‘Hamlet’

  February 4 And now.   The play has been read. It’s so compact! It’s so complete!  Each line is so…significant! So…powerful!   Calm down.  Yes, it’s a powerful play. More so with each reading. So what else is new?   The available spin-offs have been watched, some not previously seen. Star Trek?? Oh yes. […]

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God for Harry, England and Edward’s Boys!

A special dispatch from Perry Mills, of King Edward VI Grammar School, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s School), one of the most inspiring school teachers I know… ‘In recent years Edward’s Boys – an all-boy theatre company from King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon (“Shakespeare’s School”) – have been performing rarely-seen plays originally written for the Early Modern boys’ […]

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Open Stages

Year of Shakespeare: Pericles and Open Stages

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.   Pericles, Directed by James Farrell and Jamie Rocha-Allan for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 October 2012. By José A. Pérez Díez Arguably, the main difference between […]

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Subsidised Shakespeare

In 2011/12 the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) was the Arts Council’s fifth highest regularly funded organisation (RFO) with a grant of £16,413,895 (down from £17,639,392 the previous year) behind The Royal Opera House, Southbank Centre, National Theatre and English National Opera. These top five organisations account for a third of the Arts Council’s total RFO […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing at the RSC

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.   Much Ado About Nothing, dir. Iqbal Khan, Royal Shakespeare Company, 8 August 2012 at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon By Kate Rumbold, University of Birmingham Bicycles dangled from the ceiling, engines revved, and […]

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