Tag Archives: staging

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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Henry V monologue act 1 scene II

Henry V monologue act 1 scene II Performed by Tom Gwynfryn. Directed and edited by Alun Rhys Morgan, 2016 Tom Gwynfryn talks about the artistic process that informed his work on the Henry V speech: “I chose the piece initially while going through the auditions stages to study at RADA. I contacted a close friend of mine, […]

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Embracing Shakespeare

This webinar is a conversation I had about different aspects of Shakespearian study with the two general editors of The Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, Professor Peter Holland (McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame) and Professor Stanley Wells, C.B.E. (Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust). We talk about Shakespeare and America, […]

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West Side Story Somewhere

Year of Shakespeare: West Side Story

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.   West Side Story, choreographed and directed by Will Tuckett, 4 July 2012 at the Sage, Gateshead By Monika Smialkowska, University of Northumbria Like most of us, I first encountered […]

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Just out from Oxford University Press

Staging History

It was a pleasure to welcome Janette Dillon to The Shakespeare Centre last week. She is Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham and came along to speak about her new book in the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Janette explores ways of thinking about how Shakespeare’s history plays were originally staged. What was their […]

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Simon Forman saw Macbeth at the Globe in 1616

How did they (call up spirits) in Macbeth?

This week we look at one of Shakespeare’s scariest plays, Macbeth. It might be hard for us today to imagine how this play would have been at all scary on Shakespeare’s daylight stage at 2pm in the afternoon. But Shakespeare’s company seem to have made good use of some of the simple options available to […]

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