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At the 60th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival

Vanessa Redgrave Reads for Amnesty

The 60th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival ended just over a month ago with an evening which celebrated the work of many of the poets who have read at the Festival over its six decades. Among the poems was ‘Border Story’ by Bulgarian born Kapka Kassabova. It was written when Kapka took up the post of The […]

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Coriolanus in Conversation

It was a full cinema. Any new Shakespeare film is bound to be an interesting cultural moment. And this one stars Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave (in her first Shakespearian film role). Last evening The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, in partnership with The Stratford Picture House, shared a premiere showing of Coriolanus on the eve of […]

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John Philip Kemble as Coriolanus in the 18th century

Shakespeare’s Iron Ladies

Last night I saw The Iron Lady which confirmed to me that Meryl Streep as Lady Thatcher really is as good as everyone has been saying that she is. As a portrayal it seemed on the whole to be sympathetic, but we are (quite properly) not allowed to forget why Thatcher became unpopular and why […]

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'ANONONYMOUS' film poster; thanks to Sony Pictures

‘Anonymous’: ‘How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is’.’

On Wednesday 28 September Professor Emeritus Alan H. Nelson of the University of California, Berkeley took part in a discussion with Roland Emmerich (the director of Anonymous), John Orloff (scriptwriter), and Charles Beauclerk the Earl of Burford and a self-proclaimed descendent of Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. The evening was hosted by Sony […]

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60 Minutes with Shakespeare

For true Shakespearians, there is no question that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare; no debate; no issue. There is a significant mass of historical evidence. His name, or those of the theatre companies for whom he worked, appears on many title-pages; he had an aristocratic patron, the Earl of Southampton; he is described as a writer by […]

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