Tag Archives: Jonathan Bate

Year of Shakespeare: Staging the World

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. The exhibition Shakespeare: Staging the World focuses on Shakespeare’s ‘world rather than his life’. Droeshout’s image of Shakespeare looms over the ticket booking process, the programme, and the entrance to the […]

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The Plays We Overlook – Introduction

There are the plays everybody knows and loves: the big four tragedies, the cross-dressing comedies, the Henry IVs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra. There are the plays we may feel we have to pretend we know, even if we don’t: Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and […]

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“All the world’s a stage” (no.13 in series)

In the run-up to The Ninth World Shakespeare Congress in Prague I posted a selection of blogs from grant winners looking forward to that event. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting a selection of blogs from some  more of those grant winners.  This week’s contribution comes from Christian Smith, who is a […]

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Shakespeare The Actor (Part Two)

I wrote in my previous blog about the factual evidence relating to Shakespeare’s acting career. There is also some anecdotal evidence, mostly suggesting that though he acted, he was not a star. John Aubrey, writing in the mid-seventeenth century, says that Shakespeare, ‘inclined naturally to poetry and acting, came to London, I guess about 18: […]

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Shakespeare The Actor

The Stage is running a series of articles about Great Shakespeare Actors, mostly so far from the twentieth century. I suppose most people would think the first of all was Richard Burbage, who seems to have created many of Shakespeare’s greatest roles. But might it have been Shakespeare himself? There are conflicting views about the […]

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Live fast; die young: Shelley, Shakespeare, and Free Love

To the Bodleian Library on Saturday to see the Shelley’s Ghost exhibition.   Percy Bysshe Shelley lived fast and died young (drowned at the pathetically young age of thirty). The exhibition traces through books, papers, and actual objects Shelley’s short-lived, dramatic life, and its lasting impact. We learn about his influence, his infamous profile (including […]

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How to live like Shakespeare and Montaigne

I’m reading a book called How to Live, by Sarah Bakewell. The title makes it sound like a self-help manual, but the sub-title is more revealing: ‘A Life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer’. And in fact it’s a lucid, intelligent, and illuminating biographical study of the great French essayist […]

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A Shakespearian Year

‘Winter School’ starts at The Shakespeare Centre on Wednesday. This short course has been taking place annually for many years and this time around eighty people – Shakespeare enthusiasts from around the world -will gather for a review of the last year, as far as Shakespeare is concerned. It’s also a time when we can […]

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