Tag Archives: Shakespeare Institute

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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Shakespeare’s heroes on stage and screen

Shakespeare is never short of media attention, but just at the moment some of his heroes or at least his leading men, are much in the news. This week King Lear begins its previews at the National Theatre, featuring probably … Continue reading

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Online courses for Shakespeare: here, there and everywhere

In the last year or two developments in online learning have thrown the world of education into turmoil. MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have tremendous potential: in a radio programme a few months ago Coursera, the main US provider of … Continue reading

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Celebrating Stage Management Day

Rather late in the day I heard that 10 October 2013 is being celebrated as the first Stage Management Day. Stage managers are some of the unsung heroes of the theatre world, people who the audience rarely sees, but who … Continue reading

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Getting to grips with Shakespeare in Education

This week I attended a symposium titled Shakespeare in Education: Current Trends and New Directions, organised and led by students of The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. Just between you and me, I was hoping to spend most of the … Continue reading

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The Beaumont and Fletcher marathon

The students of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon are currently undertaking a project which I think is almost certainly unique: to read out loud all the works of the playwrights Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher in what they are calling … Continue reading

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Marie Corelli, the Avon and her Venetian gondola

On Saturday, 27 April Mason’s Croft, now the Shakespeare Institute, is celebrating the life of another of Stratford-upon-Avon’s writers, Marie Corelli. The event is part of Stratford’s Literary Festival, and Mason’s Croft was the Victorian novelist’s home from 1901 to … Continue reading

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Timbuktu and Shakespeare for National Libraries Day

At last a news item in which Librarians are the heroes of the day, and in the same week as National Libraries Day too! The city of Timbuktu in Mali is of significance for the whole continent of Africa. Official … Continue reading

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