Tag Archives: Shakespeare Institute

The Thomas Dekker Marathon

On Friday evening, 10 June, I was sitting on the sofa reading the chapter in Stanley Wells book Shakespeare & Co on Thomas Dekker, when the news came on the TV that Wells had been granted a Knighthood in the … Continue reading

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Arise, Sir Stanley!

Shakespeareans will be delighted to hear that Professor Stanley Wells has received a (long-overdue) knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. His books alone would take up several shelves, covering a wide variety of Shakespeare-related subjects: my own tally is … Continue reading

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The James Shirley Marathon

Next week, beginning on 15 June, the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-upon-Avon is embarking on another marathon reading of the complete work of a playwright of the sixteenth or early seventeenth century. Last year it was Thomas Heywood, the year before it … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Conferences

Summer has arrived right on cue in Stratford-upon-Avon, with blue skies and warm temperatures encouraging people to picnic on the grass and take out boats on the Avon. Walking by the river late on Thursday afternoon I watched people learning … Continue reading

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“These late eclipses”: the moon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and happiness

On the morning of Friday 20 March the UK will experience a near-total eclipse of the sun. Even where skies are not clear, the sky will darken and we will experience a sort of twilight. The birds will fall silent until … 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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Stratford-upon-Avon projects 2016: a new collaboration

Earlier in the week I wrote about some of the projects in Stratford-upon-Avon timed for completion at the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in April 2016. The Royal Shakespeare Company and Birmingham University have also announced a five-year collaboration centred on … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s marvellous sweet music

Shakespeare’s own use of music, and the many ways in which Shakespeare’s works have inspired composers in the centuries since he wrote them, are among the most recurrent subjects for this blog. And in the next few weeks there are … Continue reading

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Reading Thomas Heywood

Down at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon the students are holding another marathon playreading. In 2013 it was Beaumont and Fletcher, with a tally of 53 plays and 1 masque. This year, between 9 and 28 June they are taking … Continue reading

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W S Gilbert, Alternative Shakespeare, and charity

WS Gilbert is universally known for his partnership with Sullivan, creating the operas staged at the Savoy Theatre in London by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. G&S’s light, mostly comic operas such as The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, Iolanthe … Continue reading

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