Category Archives: Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare’s Birthday news update

With April just around the corner, Shakespeareans around the world will be planning how to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd. I looked forward to the 2017 events a few weeks ago, and this post is to provide an update … Continue reading

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William Roxby Beverley, a forgotten theatre artist at Stratford-upon-Avon

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing the Stratford-upon-Avon Then and Now Facebook page when I spotted an unusual image posted by David Mills. With nearly 2000 members, this group demonstrates the level of interest there is in images … Continue reading

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Edward’s Boys and Thomas Middleton’s A Trick to Catch the Old One

On Sunday 12 March 2017 I attended the last of four performances given by Edward’s Boys of Thomas Middleton’s city comedy A Trick to Catch the Old One. It was another triumph for this group, led by Perry Mills, consisting … Continue reading

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Elisabeth Scott, architect and pioneer on International Women’s Day

8 March 2017 is both the UK’s Budget Day and International Women’s Day, when attention is drawn to gender inequality in all fields including education and jobs. In addition, demonstrations will be held at Westminster by WASPI campaigners fighting for the … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the destructiveness of fire

Shakespeare uses fire as a metaphor for the energy of life as well as the destructiveness of death. He writes of the fires of purgatory, of the warming fire on the hearth and of the fires lit to tell of … Continue reading

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Spring events in Stratford-upon-Avon

Fresh for 2017, there is quite a crop of new ideas and events for the Shakespeare-lover in Stratford-upon-Avon. In particular, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have come up with some different ideas to be held at the Shakespeare Centre in Henley Street. SBT Research Conversations These are … Continue reading

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Talking to the Stratford Society

The publication and now the promotion of the book I’ve co-written with Susan Brock on the history of Stratford’s Shakespeare Club has been a constant and enjoyable preoccupation over the last few months. I’m pleased to report that with the … Continue reading

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Looking forward to Stratford’s Birthday Celebrations 2017

After the extravaganza that was 2016 it might be thought that Stratfordians would be putting their feet up for the Birthday Celebrations over the weekend of 22 and 23 April 2017. But no, I’m glad to report this year there … Continue reading

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Documenting the oldest Shakespeare organisation in the world

Regular readers will be aware that The Story of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Club, 1824-2016: Long life to the Club call’d Shakspearean has recently been published, documenting the history of the oldest surviving Shakespeare organisation in the world. The Club began as … Continue reading

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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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