Tag Archives: Twelfth Night

Wish Shakespeare Happy Birthday!

We’re getting ready to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday. Last year 99 bloggers were involved in this project by writing posts or recording videos on how Shakespeare has impacted their life or by recalling a special Shakespeare memory. How has Shakespeare made a difference to your life? What memories do your earliest encounters with Shakespeare evoke? We […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Continuing my series on the sources for Shakespeare’s plays, I turn my attention to The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This is one of those plays were there is at least one very clear source, a Spanish pastoral romance called Diana Enamorada, written by Jorge de Montemayor and published in 1542. Shakespeare probably had access to […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – Twelfth Night

The next in this series on Shakespeare’s sources has been written by Rachel Parks who is doing her work experience with me the week this was written. This blog will focus on Shakespeare’s inspiration for his classic cross dressing comedy play Twelfth Night.  There are numerous plays written before Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that are centred […]

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Queering Shakespeare

In 2007 Neil Bartlett directed a production of Twelfth Night at the RSC in which Viola was played by a man, Chris New, and Sir Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek and Fabian were played by women; Marjorie Yates, Annabel Leventon and Joanne Howarth respectively. The production divided critics and audiences, Michael Billington in The Guardian thought […]

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Shakespeare and the Chinese Premier

On Sunday 26 June, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust was honoured to receive His Excellency Premier Wen Jiabao of China. Shakespeare’s Birthplace was the only place he visited in Stratford. It was a highly significant moment and was a clear statement that we should both like to develop and nurture contacts, partnerships, and projects. I thought […]

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Real Lives – Real Shakespeare – Episode 2

This series explores people’s personal stories about their enjoyment of Shakespeare. Here we meet Kezia who has been following us for a while on Twitter  @ShakespeareBT . Kezia seemed like she had a story to tell and we invited her to write a blog as part of this series.  If you would like to contribute […]

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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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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 […]

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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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