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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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BBC taking Shakespeare on tour

The BBC is embracing Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with a new project launching on Monday 21 March that focuses on the resources and stories of places all round Britain, using local BBC radio stations and the British Library. Shakespeare on Tour … Continue reading

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BBC Theatre Month now on

On Saturday 31 October 2015  the BBC screened a new adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play The Dresser, famously made into a film. It tells the story of one fateful night in a provincial repertory theatre during World War 2, and … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day 2015

Thursday 8 October is 2015’s National Poetry Day, “the annual mass celebration of poetry and all things poetical”. This year is extra special because this is its 21st anniversary. You’ve still got a few days to write a poem or … Continue reading

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“Go ply thy needle”: embroidery in Tudor England

One of the great pleasures of the BBC series Wolf Hall, adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novels, has been to admire the costumes worn by the king and his court, from the scarlet robes of Cardinal Wolsey and the magnificence of … Continue reading

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The British Shakespeare Association, Education and reality TV

Almost every Shakespeare-related cultural organisation puts education high on its agenda, in particular offering to help teachers engage their students. While many are in effect promoting their own services, the British Shakespeare Association “is a professional association and registered charity … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on film and TV

In the past few weeks there have been several developments relating to Shakespeare on film and TV. On 26 January 2014 a programme entitled The Stuff of Dreams begins, run by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.  Once a month there will … Continue reading

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Reaping the harvest: growing food in Shakespeare’s England and our own

With the weather on the turn and autumn just around the corner, there’s just time to celebrate the joys of gardening and farming edible plants. This blog post, A Field Guide to Renaissance Gardens, offers some glorious images of sumptuous … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and The White Queen: using creative license

The current television series The White Queen has been criticised for its historical inaccuracies, its glossy costumes and out-of-period settings. I haven’t read the books by Philippa Gregory, so can’t tell how much of this relates to them and how … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on film: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado

It is I suppose possible that you won’t have heard about the latest Shakespeare film to be released in the US that is due to be screened in the UK from 14 June 2013. Its director is Joss Whedon, best known for … Continue reading

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