Tag Archives: Antony and Cleopatra

Stratford’s First Black Cleopatra

To mark National Poetry Day, I’m pleased to post ‘Stratford’s First Black Cleopatra’, a poem by Native American poet, Jessica Mehta. Jessica was the Poet in Residence with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival in June. Her residency was a collaboration with the Hosking Houses Trust. Her poem was inspired […]

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Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Company

By Andrew Brown, Yale University Blog Post 2: Coriolanus at the Royal Shakespeare Company Andrew Brown is a Ph.D. student at Yale and was one of the recipients of a Sir Stanley Wells Shakespeare Studentship, via the American Friends of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The award meant he could work in the archives and libraries in […]

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Illustrating Shakespeare: A History of Roman Representations in Printed Texts

By Ella Hawkins, SBT Research Advocate Ella Hawkins is currently completing a Midlands3Cities-funded placement with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as part of her PhD studies in design for Shakespeare. In the coming weeks, Ella will be publishing a series of blog posts about the representation of Shakespeare’s Roman plays across the SBT’s Library, Archive, and Museum […]

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Tragedie of Cleopatra – The Premiere?

On Sunday, 3rd March, University College London’s Centre for Early Modern Exchanges will be presenting a performance of  Samuel Daniel’s Cleopatra at the Great Hall of Goodenough College. This may well be the first such staging of Daniel’s play in four hundred years and certainly the first in modern times. Published in 1594, Daniel’s tragedy […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Ninagawa’s Cymbeline in Japan

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   At the end of May Yukio Ninagawa’s Cymbeline was performed at the Barbican in London, as part of the World Shakespeare Festival. John Lavagnino saw it there and reviewed it for […]

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Olympic Shakespeare

‘The isle is full of noises….’ Well, it certainly will be as the Olympic Games open with a ceremony that takes as its keynote these words from The Tempest. One of the noises will be the resonant sound of the great bell, the biggest in Europe – twice the size of Big Ben – which […]

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Antic Disposition and Frantic Appositions: reflections on Shakespeare’s “Words”

Polonious. […] What do you read, my lord? Hamlet. Words, words, words. (Hamlet, 2. 2. 191-192). In the late nineties, as a student of English Language and Literature at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy, I had the honour to attend a couple of courses which were held by Agostino Lombardo, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra – Two Perspectives

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Antony and Cleopatra (Antonius ile Kleopatra), Oyun Atölyesi, Dir. Kemal Aydoğan, 26 & 27 May 2012 at The Globe, London, reviewed by Michael Dobson & Adele Lee Saturday 26 May 2012 By […]

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How did they (hoist up Antony) in Antony and Cleopatra?

This week I look up above the stage to consider how Shakespeare’s company  could achieve something which is written into Antony and Cleopatra. You may recall the scene, Antony has attempted to kill himself and failed and his dying but not yet dead body is brought to Cleopatra for a final goodbye. Very touching. But […]

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