Tag Archives: John Fletcher

Why Shakespeare Still Matters

Shakespeare has mattered ever since his name first appeared in print in 1593 with his erotic and entertaining poem, Venus and Adonis. He was 29 years old. For much of the poem the goddess of love is naked and begging for sex before Adonis, but he resists her advances. Venus and Adonis was a sensation […]

Continue Reading

Year of Shakespeare: Henry VIII

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.   Henry VIII, Rakatá/Fundación Siglo de Oro (Castilian Spanish), 29 May, 2012 at The Globe, London By Juan F. Cerdá, University of Murcia I presume the organizers of the festival […]

Continue Reading

Send Up for Shakespeare!

It’s not new. Individual lines and passages from Shakespeare’s plays were imitated and parodied even in his own time, as in The Knight of the Burning Pestle, where there is a send-up of Hotspur’s lines on honour from 1 Henry IV, and in Beaumont’s comedy The Woman Hater (or is it by Fletcher, or by […]

Continue Reading

The Two Noble Kinsmen

I love outdoor Shakespeare. I love the way it demands that the actions and words are altogether larger than companies dare to perform them inside. The space afforded by The Royal Shakespeare Company known as The Dell is proving again to be a popular summer venue for visiting productions to attract the crowds and to […]

Continue Reading

Listen to ‘Cardenio’ in Conversation…

On Saturday, we welcomed an audience of around 80 people to The Shakespeare Centre to hear the R.S.C. director Gregory Doran (Honorary Fellow of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and Professor Tiffany Stern (University College, Oxford, and Trustee of S.B.T.) talk about Cardenio. They had such different things to say about this so-called ‘lost’ and re-imagined […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Download a free book written by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells about Shakespeare, Conspiracy & Authorship. Download the Book.


24 brilliant poems, inspired by Shakespeare's life and art, bound in an artisan stitched chapbook

get your copy now