Tag Archives: Oxford University Press

Where did Shakespeare’s money come from?

Where did Shakespeare’s money come from? In a two-part blog, for the Royal Mint, we thought it would be good to ask two experts who have very different views about Shakespeare and how he made his money… By Dr Robert Bearman, former Former Head of Archives and Local Studies etc. at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. […]

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Robin Hood and Volatile Drama

I was pleased to welcome a former teacher of mine, Dr Martin Wiggins, to the Shakespeare Centre recently. He spoke about his new book, Drama and the Transfer of Power in Renaissance England. It’s an ingenious account of how drama was used at moments of regime change. The fruits of Martin’s characteristically deep research are […]

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Embracing Shakespeare

This webinar is a conversation I had about different aspects of Shakespearian study with the two general editors of The Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, Professor Peter Holland (McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame) and Professor Stanley Wells, C.B.E. (Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust). We talk about Shakespeare and America, […]

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Embracing Shakespeare: A Free Webinar

Shakespeare in America? Shakespeare and Biography? Shakespeare and Material Culture? Or perhaps Shakespeare and Women? Or Shakespeare and Eastern Europe? Or Shakespeare’s Sonnets? Or perhaps Staging in Shakespeare’s Theatres? Our free webinar, sponsored by Oxford University Press, is for everyone who loves Shakespeare and who is keen to find out more… Please join me for […]

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Staging History

It was a pleasure to welcome Janette Dillon to The Shakespeare Centre last week. She is Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham and came along to speak about her new book in the Oxford Shakespeare Topics series. Janette explores ways of thinking about how Shakespeare’s history plays were originally staged. What was their […]

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Ben Jonson and Shakespeare

Ian Donaldson’s marvellously fresh and up to date biography of Ben Jonson sets a new standard for all future Jonson studies. He came to speak about the relationship between Jonson and Shakespeare at The Shakespeare Centre on Wednesday at our first Literary Lunchtime Talk of the year. The event was sponsored by Oxford University Press. […]

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Shakespeare Sex and Love – revisited

For an author, the lead up to the date of publication of your book is an exciting and potentially tense time. You’ve received your advance copies and looked fearfully to see if anything’s wrong. There can be. When the first copies of my first solo-authored book Literature and Drama arrived I looked proudly at it […]

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Shakespeare’s Many Moods of Love

The great actor Sir Ian McKellen, who is also well-known as a gay activist, was recently quoted in the press as saying that Shakespeare himself was probably gay. Invited to comment on this, I pointed out that there was nothing new in the idea, which for a long time has been frequently expressed especially because […]

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What makes a good Shakespearian?

Last week I had the pleasure of chairing the 866th meeting of The Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. The Club was first established in 1823 and thrives on guest-speakers from September through to April each year. It was the evening for their President’s address. This year’s President is Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E. I interviewed him about his […]

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