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Year of Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale

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 Winter’s Tale or Ìtàn Ògìnìntìn, Renegade Theatre (Nigeria), dir. Olúwǫlé Ogúntókun, 25 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Julie Sanders, University of Nottingham There are no bears in Nigeria, […]

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Unearthing Shakespeare – Part 3

Shakespeare agreed to the purchase of New Place from William Underhill on the 4th May 1597. Shakespeare’s purchase included… ‘one messuage, two barns, and two gardens with appurtenances’. The concord recording the sale, notes state that ‘the same William Shakespeare gave the said William Underhill sixty pounds sterling’, but it is generally agreed that it […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – The Winter’s Tale

Continuing my series exploring Shakespeare’s literary and poetic sources I am going to look at a late play The Winter’s Tale. For those of you not familiar with the story it is about a king Leontes who becomes suddenly convinced that his best friend has been sleeping with his wife. Determined to prove he has […]

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Shakespeare in Bohemia

Last week I went to Prague for the International Shakespeare Association’s Ninth World Shakespeare Congress. These events take place every five years, and I’ve attended a number of them, starting with that at Stratford-upon-Avon in 1981, which was memorable not least because at the final dinner everyone was presented with a chocolate effigy of Shakespeare. […]

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‘These our actors’

Last year, as I wrote in an earlier blog, I compiled a programme for the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival called ‘At the Mermaid Tavern’, which included a wide selection of writings by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, some of them anonymous. I was pleased to be asked to put together another programme for this year’s festival. The […]

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Shakespeare and Resurrection

In my last blog, I considered how Good Friday influenced Shakespeare’s imagination. We are now properly in Eastertide (forty days from Easter Day) and it is not surprising that the Resurrection of Jesus (or ‘uprising’ as William Tyndale referred to it) made such a considerable impact on Shakespeare’s imagination. Shakespeare is not telling the Christian […]

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“You shall know all that you are like to know”

What is important to know about a play before you see it? How it begins? How it ends? How the play has been responded to by critics in the past? Why a particular company has chosen to put the play on now – in this way – with this cast – in this particular space? Should […]

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“Parting is such sweet sorrow”

Ten Shakespearian quotes with which to make an enigmatic (but stylish) exit from a room: 1. “I go, I go – look how I go, Swifter than arrow from the Tartar’s bow.” (Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 3.2.110 -1) 2. “Demand me nothing. What you know, you know. From this time forth I never […]

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The Green Eyed Monster

The Winter’s Tale rejoins the rep at the RSC this week and this afternoon I will teach a class on it for visiting Midwestern university. For those of you unfamiliar with the story it is about King Leontes who is suddenly struck down with jealousy for his long time friend the king of Bohemia, Polixenes. […]

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