Category Archives: Stratford-upon-Avon

The Story of the Shakespeare Club is launched

On Monday 28 November 2016 we held the official launch of the book The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon 1824-2016: Long life to the Club call’d “Shakspearean”, written by Susan Brock and Sylvia Morris. It was an opportunity … 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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Celebrating Ben Jonson’s First Folio

As well as being the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, 1616 is also a significant date for anyone interested in the theatre and writing of the period. Between 6 and 25 November 1616 Ben Jonson’s Workes was published, a monumental … Continue reading

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Publication Day for the Shakespeare Club’s story

November 1 2016: the official publication day for The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon, 1824-2016, the book on which Susan Brock and I have been working for the last eighteen months. While researching the history of the Birthday … Continue reading

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Discord and dismay

It’s been a bad-tempered sort of week for those who take an interest in Shakespeare. On Sunday 23rd October actor and former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Mark Rylance launched into an attack on business sponsorship of the theatre in … Continue reading

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Howard Davies at the Royal Shakespeare Company

  On 25 October 2016 theatre director Howard Davies died at the age of 71. He had a full and successful career working in theatres around the country, but for me he is associated with the Royal Shakespeare Company during … Continue reading

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The Story of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon

Posts to The Shakespeare blog have been few and far between over the summer, mostly owing to the fact that I’ve been working on a history of Stratford’s Shakespeare Club, though taking a month out to visit Australia also has … Continue reading

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Heritage Open Days 2016

Thursday 8-Sunday 11 September are once again the annual Heritage Open Days when historic venues open their doors to the public, free of charge. Sometimes they put on special events in spaces that open regularly, but the real pleasure of … Continue reading

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Late summer in Stratford-upon-Avon

The summer holidays are coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean that Shakespeare-related attractions are winding down. In fact Stratford-upon-Avon is a destination that thrives all year round and in all weathers.  In the year marking the 400th anniversary … Continue reading

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Black Shakespeare: Paapa Essiedu from Hamlet to Edmund

On 13 August it was the last performance of the latest production of Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford. Every production of this play is notable, but particularly this time because Hamlet was played by a man of … Continue reading

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