Tag Archives: Women
Chicago King Lear by Raúl González

Lear’s Indian Daughters

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I sat in the elegant old auditorium of Indraprastra College, an all-women’s institution and one of the oldest colleges in the University of Delhi. With delegates of the conference ‘Revisiting Shakespeare in Indian Literatures and Cultures’, organised jointly with the Shakespeare Society of India, I waited to see […]

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Natasha Sofranac

Shakespeare in Serbia 3 (video)

Our dispatch from Shakespeare in Belgrade today comes from Natasha Sofranac, a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Belgrade. Natasha helped to organise a lecture given by Professor Stanley Wells at her university in May. I have vivid memories of students queuing up the stairs, packing the large lecture hall, […]

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Richard III

Shakespeare’s Villains – Richard III

This series on Shakespeare’s villains is being done in partnership with Finding Shakespeare – curating digital stories relating to Shakespeare’s life,  work and times.  Finding Shakespeare is the blog produced by the Collections Team here at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust– you can find out more about Tamora on Thursday 21st July when they post their blog. Following her husband’s […]

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Buzz Goodbody's As You Like It

Feminist Shakespeare

When Josie Rourke’s King John followed Marianne Elliot’s Much Ado About Nothing into The Swan Theatre as part of the RSC’s 2006 Complete Works Festival the theatre critic, Michael Billington, said we are witnessing the emergence of  ‘a powerful new generation of female classical directors.’ Five years on and Josie Rourke’s new production of Much Ado is a hit […]

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Shakespeare’s Women

From the young and in love, to the old and wise, from the worryingly cranky to the grounded and gritty, Shakespeare’s women come in a wonderful variety. Asked to pick your favorite who would you choose?  Would you choose the witty if wary Beatrice? Or the young and tragic Juliet? Or perhaps one of the […]

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Men behaving badly or why women love Richard III

“Ask any woman to name her favourite romantic novel and the likelihood is that she will mention one of two titles: Wuthering Heights or Pride and Prejudice. No matter that the hero of one is a psychopath, given to roaming the moors in a frenzy of rage, despair and sexual frustration, while the other stands […]

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Shakespeare’s Women – Joan la Pucelle

This post is part of our Shakespeare’s Women series in partnership with the collections team over at Finding Shakespeare. On flickr we have created a collection portraying these wonderful ladies.   Picture the scene. A disarmingly down-to-earth peasant girl, who has just been heralded the French people’s champion, stands before the dead body of England’s […]

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Shakespeare’s Women – Kate

This post is part of our Shakespeare’s Women series in parternship with the collections team over at Finding Shakespeare. On flickr we have created a collection portraying these wonderful ladies. I have been thinking about Kate from The Taming of the Shrew. Is she really a shrew or just an independent woman? Is she really tamed or is she […]

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Shakespeare’s Women – Cleopatra

This post is part of our Shakespeare’s Women series in parternship with the collections team over at Finding Shakespeare. On flickr we have created a collection portraying these wonderful ladies. For my money Cleopatra is Shakespeare’s most sensuous, seductive and sensational creation. As a character she defies lazy labeling, and delights in the fact that […]

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