Tag Archives: University of Birmingham
Redcrosse

A New St George!

You might remember my previous blog of some weeks ago when I looked forward to the performance of a new poetic liturgy for England and St George. Well, on the evening of Saturday the 17th of November, The Royal Shakespeare Company performed Redcrosse in magnificent Coventry Cathedral for the Cathedral’s 50th birthday. I wrote Redcrosse […]

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Sir Kenneth Branagh as Henry V in his 1988 film version.

Filming Shakespeare – Gone Live!

Our recent webinar on ‘Filming Shakespeare’ has now been posted as a resource within Blogging Shakespeare and can be accessed via to tool-bar at the top of this page, or by clicking here. It’s a conversation about the Shakespeare films of Sir Kenneth Branagh, patron of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare Film Festival. Don’t miss […]

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Martin Wiggins's new book from Oxford University Press

Robin Hood and Volatile Drama

I was pleased to welcome a former teacher of mine, Dr Martin Wiggins, to the Shakespeare Centre recently. He spoke about his new book, Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England. It’s an ingenious account of how drama was used at moments of regime change. The fruits of Martin’s characteristically deep research are […]

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Photo: Ellie Kurttz

Year of Shakespeare: Henry VIII (All is True)

Directed by Ernesto Arias for Fundación Siglo de Oro (Spain) for Shakespeare’s Globe, London. The Globe to Globe festival made a notoriously misinformed claim in its subtitle: ‘37 plays, 37 languages.’ Three Spanish-speaking companies were invited to take part in the festival, and were duly advertised as performing in ‘Argentine’, ‘Mexican’, and ‘Castilian’ Spanish: three […]

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Redcrosse

England and St George!

On the evening of the 17th of November this year, the RSC will perform Redcrosse in Coventry Cathedral. Partly an original arts event, partly a groundbreaking religious service, Redcrosse evolves out of a project I led to evolve a new questing liturgy for England and St George. It was inspired by one of the great […]

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Forests

Year of Shakespeare: Forests

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.   Forests, dir. Calixto Bieito,  with dramaturgy from Marc Rosich,  with the Birmingham Rep, Barcelona Internacional Teatre, and the RSC, 31 August 2012 at the Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham By Kate McLuskie, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham […]

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Shakespeare’s Year!

The World Shakespeare Festival continues… Have you added your voice to our Year of Shakespeare project, yet? Since April, Blogging Shakespeare has been hosting many reviews and responses to the productions which are part of the World Shakespeare Festival. You might like to browse the Year of Shakespeare site by clicking here and watch some […]

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Much Aado

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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Audience

Year of Shakespeare: Talking to the Audience

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.   Talking to the Audience By Bethany Prottey For an English undergraduate, my earliest experiences of Shakespeare were surprisingly uninspired. At the age of fourteen I was just one bored teenager […]

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