Tag Archives: Carol Rutter

Honouring Professor Reg Foakes

Professor Reg Foakes, who died at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon just before Christmas, was a wise, liberal-minded, influential and much-loved Shakespeare scholar and teacher. His career spanned over sixty years at the universities of Birmingham, Durham, Yale, Toronto, Kent and Los Angeles. He was born and grew up in West Bromwich. His degree at Birmingham […]

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Happy Birthday Shakespeare 2013

Below is a collection of videos from the wonderful Shakespeare Birthday celebrations that were held in Stratford on Saturday to celebrate the life of our beloved William Shakespeare. The fabulous Dame Margaret Drabble brought the house down with her reminiscences and anecdotes about Shakespeare:   Dr. Paul Edmondson in conversation with Professor Carol Rutter about […]

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Sonnets for Advent 22: Sonnet 102

Although Sonnet 102 is highly lyrical it is ostensibly about lyrical restraint. The poet must be careful not to write too much in praise of the beloved, since ‘sweets grown common lose their dear delight.’ But it’s the memory of their love when new that carries the reader through the central section, and here the […]

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Reviewing Shakespearian Theatre

I read theatre reviews for all sorts of reasons. Often I want to know what a show is like which I know I won’t be able to see. Sometimes I like to know whether my own thoughts about a particular production are shared more widely. There is a certain feeling of justice being done (isn’t […]

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“Look upon this”

Last week I wrote my blog (“smooth comforts false”) about the challenges of separating fact from fiction when delving into Shakespeare’s biography. I wrote about the way in which some stories associated with Shakespeare’s life  are based upon mere rumour and gossip, and therefore have little credibility. Documents and deeds however tell a far more compelling and trustworthy tale.  The […]

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