Category Archives: Legacy

The Tempest in production

On Wednesday 11 January the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest is to be live streamed to cinemas around the UK. The play always brings with it a number of challenges, with its magical elements and the difficulty of putting a … Continue reading

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New Year’s Honours for Shakespeare

At the beginning of 2017 the New Year’s Honours List was published in which the great and the good were recognised for their services. Following the successful 2016 Rio Olympics it was inevitable that many of those honoured would be … Continue reading

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Shakespeare at the close of 2016

The year in which we marked the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death may be over, but there is still much to celebrate. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, is a great source of information about Shakespeare, and I subscribe … Continue reading

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Sir Arthur Hodgson, Shakespeare and Australia

Stratford has been lucky to have attracted a number of influential people who have contributed significantly to the town’s development as a vibrant cultural centre. One of these was Sir Arthur Hodgson, a wealthy businessman who retired to the town … Continue reading

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“The point envenom’d too” onstage fighting or the real thing?

On 13 December 2016, the members of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Club will be able to get an inside view on the subject of staging battles and fights in productions of Shakespeare’s plays, from a man who really knows his subject. Alan … Continue reading

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1000 Londoners and Shakespeare

I’m grateful to Jill Little for letting me know about a fascinating ongoing project which, at the end of this important year, is highlighting Shakespeare’s connections with London. The digital project is 1000 Londoners, in which every week a profile … Continue reading

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Finding a place for Philip Larkin in Poet’s Corner

On Friday 2 December a ledger stone bearing the name of Philip Larkin will be placed in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, alongside writers such as Thomas Hardy, Edmund Spenser and of course William Shakespeare. There has been quite a lot … Continue reading

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The Trial of Hamlet

Shakespeare knew that trial scenes made great theatre, often putting them at the heart of his plays. Probably the most dramatic courtroom scene is the trial of Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, but the trials of Queen Katherine in … Continue reading

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Explore Your Archive week

This week is Explore Your Archive week, an annual celebration of archives across the UK and Ireland. It’s organised jointly by the National Archives and the Archives and Records Association. We are fortunate in this country to have not only … Continue reading

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Women taking power in Shakespeare’s plays

2016 seems to have been characterised by women staging a takeover of traditional male roles, at least as far as Shakespeare is concerned. While planning this post I was hoping to be able to link this trend to the election of … Continue reading

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