Monthly Archives: May 2016

Shakespeare’s swans

Over the past few weeks my husband Richard has been keeping an eye on a pair of swans, nesting just downstream of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon. Stratfordians are quite protective of their swans, not least because of their connection … Continue reading

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Commemorating Shakespeare in metal and print

Whenever we come to commemorating a Shakespeare anniversary, the question is always about how this should be done, that perhaps comes down to what exactly we are celebrating. This year we are marking 400 years since Shakespeare died, but should … Continue reading

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Theatre Before Shakespeare

A few weeks ago a new website launched, the public face of a project run by academics Andy Kesson and Lucy Munro with the aim of “rethinking the start of the public theatre in Britain”, that is “the playhouses that … Continue reading

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The Gibraltar Stone: Shakespeare and the Royal Marines

Shakespeare is so pervasive that no matter where you go you are likely to find reference to him or his works. I was surprised, though, to find one on a piece of heathland in Devon, known as Woodbury Common. Here, … Continue reading

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Stratford’s Shakespeare Club celebrates

Saturday 7 May 2016 was a special day for Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Club: a double celebration of Shakespeare’s Birthday/ 400th anniversary of his death, and the 192nd anniversary of the foundation of the Club in 1824. If we used the Old … Continue reading

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Shakespeare 400 continues

Following the fabulously successful but exhausting weekend celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and his 452nd birthday, I’ve had a few days rest from the blog, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy researching and writing a book … Continue reading

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