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The Banker of Florence

by Yang Yu This is my journey in Italy in 1520: As George Wordsworth, plenipotentiary of Cardinal Giulio de’Medici (de facto ruler of Florence who later became Pope Clement VII), I was sent on a mission to Rome, Naples, Venice, Ravenna and Bologna, to grind the bloody Italian War that has been raging since 1494 […]

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Shakespeare and All Those ‘Big’ Questions: Introducing the Shakespeare and . . . project

Speaking after the bombings that took place at the Boston marathon, President Obama stated his determination to ‘get to the bottom’ of the atrocity and promised that those found to be responsible would ‘feel the full weight of justice’. The word ‘justice’ resounded each time I heard the sound bite in the days that followed; […]

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Year of Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice

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 Merchant of Venice, Habima National Theatre, Dir. Ilan Ronen, May 28 2012 at The Globe, London By Peter Kirwan, University of Nottingham The Globe to Globe performance of […]

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Walking Shakespeare’s Venice – the Ghetto of Venice

The 4th of September 2011 is the European Day of Jewish Culture  and it looks like the perfect day to visit the Jewish Ghetto of Venice, where several events will take place. Although Shakespeare never mentions this place in The Merchant of Venice, historically speaking this would have been the only area where a 16th-century […]

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Shylock – Shakespeare’s Villains – Number 3

This series on Shakespeare’s villains is being done in partnership with Finding Shakespeare – curating digital stories relating to Shakespeare’s life,  work and times.  Finding Shakespeare is produced by the Collections Team here at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust– you can find out more about Shylock on Thursday 23rd when they post their blog. Shylock, a Jewish […]

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Sir Patrick Stewart and Shakespeare

Sir Patrick’s Stewart’s return to Stratford for his fourth major Shakespearian role at the R.S.C. in five years definitely brings star quality to the stage and the town.   The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham marked his return by inviting him to do this year’s Shakespeare Birthday lecture. A packed […]

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