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Shakespeare online for 2016

Into the new year it’s time for starting something afresh. With this being such a big year for Shakespeare, there are several online courses beginning soon that aim to increase participants’ interest in and knowledge of Shakespeare, and I’ve picked … Continue reading

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Stratford and “the sere, the yellow leaf”

It’s that time of year when everything feels as if it’s shutting down. Days get shorter, nights colder, and once they’ve had their brief blaze of colour, leaves are gone from the bare branches. The sense of things coming to … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the Book of Common Prayer

On Radio 4 on 26 August 2015 Quentin Letts asked “What’s the point of the Book of Common Prayer?” This little book, written by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, was originally published in 1549 during the brief but emphatically protestant reign of King Edward … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Week 2015

We’re right in the middle of Shakespeare Week, running from 16-22 March. There have been Shakespeare weeks before, but last year, in 2014, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust embarked on a mission to give primary school children a great first encounter … Continue reading

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Much Ado About Nothing online

Today 2 March 2015 the RSC’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) begins, on the play Much Ado About Nothing. Previous courses I’ve done with Futurelearn have remained open for a few days so if you’re not already enlisted I’m … Continue reading

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Celebrating 2016 in Stratford-upon-Avon: preparations begin

2016 will be the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and preparations are well under way to celebrate in the town where he was born and died. Projects are afoot everywhere, and I’m going to write a couple of posts giving … Continue reading

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Michael Wood and “Mary Arden: a Tudor Life”

The BBC’s serialisation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies is proving grippingly good. To complement these programmes about “the glittering –though at times terrifying- world of the Tudor court” a new documentary on more ordinary … Continue reading

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The Swan Wing takes flight

Last week the Royal Shakespeare Company announced the start of a major project to restore what is now called the Swan Wing, the most historic part of their complex of buildings. From January work will begin on both the exterior and … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the UNESCO Memory of the World

The good news has been announced that the Shakespeare documents held by the National Archives and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust have been accepted onto the UNESCO Memory of the World UK register, recognising their national and international significance.  This is … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in and out of the classroom

Shakespeare is universally agreed to be “a good thing” for people of all ages, and recently there have been many opinions about the best was of introducing him to children. One of the good news stories of the week (and … Continue reading

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