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Dylan and Shakespeare

By Stuart Hampton-Reeves, University of Central Lancashire Recently, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and in his acceptance speech, he made some surprising references to Shakespeare: I began to think about William Shakespeare, the great literary figure. I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist. The thought that he was […]

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Two New British Shakespeare Association Projects

I chaired the British Shakespeare Association’s Annual General Meeting last week. Once again, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust kindly hosted the event, which was followed by an excellent evening of discussion led by Paul Edmondson with Eric Rasmussen, Peter Kirwan, and John Jowett. AGMs are rarely thrilling occasions, but this AGM was notable for two presentations: […]

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The Death of Tyrants

At the time of writing, the former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi (Colonel Gaddafi) has fled from Tripoli, and is being hunted by rebel forces. As such, he is in a position to offer some unique insights into the dramatic treatment of a number of Shakespeare’s characters. Now would be a good time to ask him […]

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Shakespeare and the Rioters

The recent flash riots which broke out in London and various cities across the UK last week immediately reminded me of the Jack Cade scenes in 2 Henry VI. Cade, a mercenary in the pay of the Duke of York, whips up a rebellion in Kent, and leads a motely crew of artisans into Southwark, […]

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Being Callow

Recently I was asked by Trafalgar Studios to host a question and answer session with Simon Callow following a performance of his one-man show Being Shakespeare ( I’ve no idea why or how this came about, but the invitation came with a free ticket, and free tickets should never be turned down. Callow delivered a […]

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