Tag Archives: David Garrick

‘The Bard of all bards was a Warwickshire bard’: Reviving David Garrick’s Stratford Jubilee

By David Chandler, Retrospect Opera. 2019 will witness the 250th anniversary of David Garrick’s great Shakespeare ‘Jubilee’, the most talked about cultural event of the British eighteenth century. This took place at Stratford-upon-Avon, amidst an unprecedented blaze of publicity, between 6 and 8 September 1769. The series of events leading to the Jubilee began in […]

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By Ewan Fernie, University of Birmingham, The Shakespeare Institute.   I had the privilege the other week of launching my new book, Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter (Cambridge University Press) as part of an exciting new series of ‘Research Conversations’ hosted by Paul Edmondson at the Shakespeare Centre.  I was delighted to be […]

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Hamlet through Hoops?

Hamlet, Max Beerbohm famously wrote, is ‘a hoop through which every very eminent actor must, sooner or later, jump.’ By the same token King Lear is a mountain up which every very eminent actor must, sooner or later, climb. Many have made the ascent in recent years – Greg Hicks and Ian McKellen for the […]

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Freedom, Freetown and Fernie’s Fiery Feast

You do not expect a critic of Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard and other geniuses of human depth and intellect to be as good as Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky or Kierkegaard. Fair enough. But not when the critic’s name is Ewan Fernie. I had never before heard the author of what I consider to be one of […]

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New Shakespeares

Two years ago I was approached by our colleagues and friends at The Shakespeare Institute: would The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust be interested in collaborating on a new MA Programme on Shakespeare and Creativity? I was more than interested. The idea resonated through years of my seeing and knowing that Shakespeare is a tremendous source of […]

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Digging for Richard

Though Shakespeare was not mentioned, there was a manifest and contrived theatricality about the press conference announcing that the skeleton unearthed in a Leicester car park was indeed that of King Richard III. Not that anyone could have doubted what the conclusion would be. How could the University, clearly pulling all the stops out to […]

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At Magdalen College School, Oxford

A few days ago our Head of Education and Research, Paul Edmondson, and I paid a fascinating visit to Magdalen College School, Oxford. We had been invited by members of the English department to take classes with the Upper Sixth Form and to give a couple of talks to larger groups of students. We already […]

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Truth in Jest? Mocking Theatre Critics

Glamour, an extraordinary setting, and wonderful performances… Last Wednesday evening, I attended a very special event at Blenheim Palace. Magdalen College School were doing a production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Critic in the old orangery, a space which was originally used for amateur theatricals in the eighteenth century (rather like those attempted in Jane […]

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Our Shakespeare in Oils

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust owns many works of art of various kinds – paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, engraved glass, and so on. I’ve just returned from the opening of a Shakespeare portrait exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York, for which we loaned two items. I thought it might be of interest to tell […]

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