Monthly Archives: July 2016

Shakespeare memories from the Bush

A couple of weeks ago I visited my brother-in-law James (Jim) Morris, who has lived on a beautiful plot of forest in New South Wales, Australia, near the small town Eden, for over thirty years. He left Stratford-upon-Avon, where he had been … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Miniature

They say all the best things come in small packages, and it’s certainly true that we all find small things, that seem to defy the normal, fascinating. It’s easy to see why some things, like miniature paintings, came to exist: … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Sydney 2

On Tuesday we visited what is called on the website, “one of the most unusual places in Australia”, the Shakespeare Room at the State Library of New South Wales, that stands just across the road from the Shakespeare monument I … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in Sydney 1

And now, as they say, for something completely different. I’m at present holidaying on the other side of the world in Australia and I’m currently in Sydney. Inevitably there has had to be a search for Shakespeare. The main Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Francis Raymond: Stratford-upon-Avon’s forgotten theatre manager

Stratford-upon-Avon’s early theatrical history is a subject that is often overlooked, dominated as it now is by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In fact the town’s first proper theatre opened in 1827 and was managed by a man whose name is … Continue reading

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The Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon: family connections

Posts on this blog have been few and far between in the last couple of months, because, with my friend and ex-colleague Susan Brock, I have been writing the history of Stratford’s Shakespeare Club. We have unearthed a lot of … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, theatre, and the Great War

Over the past few weeks we have been remembering the battle of the Somme that began on 1 July 1916 and continued for five long and bloody months. On the first day alone 19,240 men lost their lives. Even before … Continue reading

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The Welsh band of brothers: Euro 2016

In my last post, I noted lots of Shakespeare references relating to the fallout from the Referendum, but this hasn’t been the only current event to provoke a Shakespeare quote. The Referendum quotes have all been about treachery, division and … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the referendum

The knives have certainly been out since the Referendum vote on 23 June, and in the last week the Shakespearean references have been flying thick and fast, though the whole concept of a referendum would have been completely alien to … Continue reading

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Russ McDonald

On Friday 1 July the Shakespeare academic Professor Russ McDonald died after suffering a major stroke on 29 June, his birthday. Although I didn’t know him at all well, I liked him very much, and he was very dear to … Continue reading

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