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Marie Corelli in her conservatory at Mason Croft (now the Shakespeare Institute). She lived there from 1901 until her death in 1924. Photo courtesy of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Marie Corelli: Stratford-upon-Avon’s‘Fairy Queen’?

By Nick Birch   In 1899 Marie Corelli, with her companion Bertha Van de Vyver, arrived in Stratford-upon-Avon. Marie Corelli was, by that time, the world’s most successful living author and a Victorian celebrity. It was said that if you had not actually read one of her books, you certainly knew whom she was. If […]

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Michael Portillo with his copy of Bradshaw's Guide

Great British Railway Journeys Comes to Stratford-upon-Avon

It was a sunny and very busy September afternoon at the Shakespeare Birthplace. Heritage open weekend was underway, and visitors were making the most of the sunshine in the beautiful Birthplace garden. A rather conspicuous addition to the crowd was a film crew and, of course, Michael Portillo wearing a very striking cobalt blue jacket. […]

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Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Mark Antony

Jubilant Julius: Tree’s Spectacular Theatre

Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Mark Antony   I recently had the pleasure of seeing Greg Doran’s Julius Caesar at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the striking set made me think about the grand visual feast of Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s production at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1898. Like Doran’s production, Tree’s was mounted in the wake […]

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Stage set for siege by Ian Dickinson

How did they (Create a siege) in Henry VI?

If you know even a little about Shakespeare’s theatre you will probably imagine it as very bare, they did not have painted backdrops or elaborate scenery. For this reason you may find it hard to picture more dramatic moments as they may have looked in the theatre spaces Shakespeare knew. Henry VI was probably first […]

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