A semi-staged performance in period costume. This lecture will consider the range and variety of productions and innovations some Victorian era performers introduced to portrayals of Macbeth. Professor Gordon McMullan, brainchild of Shakespeare , explores what it means to 'remember' and 'forget' Shakespeare, Jonson, Cervantes and Beaumont in Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead.
Excavations of Shakespearean playhouses reveal fascinating stories about acting, theatres and theatregoing in the 16th and 17th centuries. Hear what new tales archaeology has revealed. Part of a nationwide tour, this production combines eighteen RSC professional actors and fourteen amateur theatre companies from around the UK, selected to play Bottom and the Mechanicals. But what was it like? Come and explore this strange and fascinating place and hear the voices of tourists and travellers who were amazed, baffled and delighted by the city.
Smoking, drinking - a trip to the theatre in Shakespearean London.
In association with publisher Random House, artist Ralph Heimans has produced a series of portraits of celebrated authors who have been commissioned to rewire a Shakespeare play in prose as part of the Shakespeare celebrations. Streaming the hit production of Tara Arts' Macbeth. From his Silver Street home to picturesque settings you'll recognise from film, you'll visit riverside theatreland and the City streets that inspired his plays.
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Benedick and his younger friend Claudio have returned, eager to lose themselves in partying the summer away. But a very different kind of battle is brewing, and this time their foes are Beatrice and Hero. Our two soldiers are clueless when it comes to affairs of the heart, and victory is no longer assured.
Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry V in Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon, with the tomb of Shakespeare himself forming a magnificent backdrop to the production. This talk, by Dr Lucy Munro, explores alternative views of London through the works of Francis Beaumont who - like Shakespeare - died in and whose play The Knight of the Burning Pestle is a hilarious parody of different ways of writing about the city. This talk traces how, from inauspicious beginnings, the University Library came to boast early Shakespeare holdings as a major strength.
Leading directors in the theatre world punctuate this presentation on recent productions of Shakespeare plays and their relevance to modern London life. Join the magical minions serving the Fairy Queen and make delightful music and dance in the enchanted forest. The date also marks the th anniversary of his death. Visit for a night of festivities in honour of our greatest writer. This will therefore be the first production on Bankside to take place on the date of his death. Daniel Rosenthal, author of The National Theatre Story, explores a series of landmark productions at the National Theatre, illuminating the work of directors and actors.
This talk examines the ways in which Shakespeare has been re-imagined in Dutch, looking at how translators and adaptors have responded to the political issues in his plays. Join us to hear about this extraordinary show, and the adventures the company had along the way. The conference will consider the relationship between words and music in aesthetic and scientific terms, and how it affects the relationship between actor and audience then as now.
Bear bones, stage effects and the original box office smash. This engaging tour of rarely-seen artefacts lasts for 90 minutes. Think you know Romeo and Juliet? Professor Gordon McMullan, academic director of Shakespeare, will address some of the myths around the story and will show just how different the play can be. How did Shakespeare get from there the Elizabethan and Jacobean stage to here the global icon and where will he go in the next hundred years? Includes a look at the First Folio. Award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition present their critically acclaimed adaptation of Henry V in the spectacular Middle Temple Hall, the very space where Twelfth Night was first staged in Take an exclusive trip along the Thames this Easter to visit the London of William Shakespeare by boat.
See the rarely displayed deed for a property in Blackfriars which Shakespeare purchased in , one of only six surviving documents to carry his signature. Performed with the gender of each character switched this new and important re-telling is Dream, but not as you know it.
Performed by actors from the Guildhall School, directed by Patsy Rodenburg. This conference restores Beaumont to the critical limelight and reassess his contributions to Jacobean drama and poetry, and his relationship with his long-time collaborator John Fletcher. Two days as illuminating, boisterous and subversive as Shakespearean drama, we bid you welcome to an activity-packed Barbican Weekender. Junior Guildhall performs excerpts from this master work, interspersed with scenes from the play. Visit Guildhall Art Gallery late for exciting Shakespeare exhibitions.
Shakespeare's life and times
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Their talk will be illustrated by actors performing excerpts from the play in its various texts. Renowned Shakespeare scholar Marjorie Garber Harvard University talks about the quest to find something about Shakespeare that would explain his astonishing accomplishment. Oskar Cox Jensen will be discussing the subject of Shakespeare and Song in the 18th and 19th centuries, accompanied by expert performers in historical practice from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Ten contemporary poets will read and discuss their work. Chaired by scholar Margreta de Grazia.
Ashley Riches and Emma Abbate will perform a selection of Shakespeare songs by various 20th century composers. Combines popular works and lesser-known gems. This concert takes us on a tour of Shakespeare settings with origins as far apart as England, Finland and Hungary. A richly visual imagining of the play, shot in stylised settings and vivid colours, and presented as if dreamt by a young boy. There are four complete cycles of performances of King and Country, bookable only as a four-play season package.
A lighting installation developed by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Inspired by the set design for the plays, the installation explores the use of creative stage lighting and projections in the productions. William Shakespeare , Shakespeare also spelled Shakspere , byname Bard of Avon or Swan of Avon , baptized April 26, , Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England—died April 23, , Stratford-upon-Avon , English poet , dramatist , and actor often called the English national poet and considered by many to be the greatest dramatist of all time.
Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway , eight years his senior, when he was They had three children: Susanna and twins Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet died at the age of Shakespeare wrote sonnets. The most famous include Sonnet 18, with opening lines "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? The cause of Shakespeare's death is unknown. However, the vicar of the local church wrote in his journal some fifty years later that "Shakespeare, Drayton , and Ben Jonson had a merry meeting, and it seems drank too hard; for Shakespeare died of a fever there contracted.
Shakespeare remains vital because his plays present people and situations that we recognize today. His characters have an emotional reality that transcends time, and his plays depict familiar experiences, ranging from family squabbles to falling in love to war. The fact that his plays are performed and adapted around the world underscores the universal appeal of his storytelling. Shakespeare occupies a position unique in world literature.
It may be audacious even to attempt a definition of his greatness, but it is not so difficult to describe the gifts that enabled him to create imaginative visions of pathos and mirth that, whether read or witnessed in the theatre, fill the mind and linger there. He is a writer of great intellectual rapidity, perceptiveness, and poetic power. Other writers have had these qualities, but with Shakespeare the keenness of mind was applied not to abstruse or remote subjects but to human beings and their complete range of emotions and conflicts.
Other writers have applied their keenness of mind in this way, but Shakespeare is astonishingly clever with words and images, so that his mental energy, when applied to intelligible human situations, finds full and memorable expression, convincing and imaginatively stimulating. As if this were not enough, the art form into which his creative energies went was not remote and bookish but involved the vivid stage impersonation of human beings, commanding sympathy and inviting vicarious participation.
Although the amount of factual knowledge available about Shakespeare is surprisingly large for one of his station in life, many find it a little disappointing, for it is mostly gleaned from documents of an official character. Dates of baptisms , marriages , deaths , and burials ; wills , conveyances , legal processes, and payments by the court—these are the dusty details. There are, however, many contemporary allusions to him as a writer, and these add a reasonable amount of flesh and blood to the biographical skeleton.
The parish register of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon , Warwickshire , shows that he was baptized there on April 26, ; his birthday is traditionally celebrated on April His father, John Shakespeare, was a burgess of the borough , who in was chosen an alderman and in bailiff the position corresponding to mayor , before the grant of a further charter to Stratford in He was engaged in various kinds of trade and appears to have suffered some fluctuations in prosperity.
His wife, Mary Arden, of Wilmcote, Warwickshire, came from an ancient family and was the heiress to some land. Given the somewhat rigid social distinctions of the 16th century, this marriage must have been a step up the social scale for John Shakespeare. No lists of the pupils who were at the school in the 16th century have survived, but it would be absurd to suppose the bailiff of the town did not send his son there.
Life Before the Stage
Shakespeare did not go on to the university, and indeed it is unlikely that the scholarly round of logic, rhetoric , and other studies then followed there would have interested him. Instead, at age 18 he married. Anne died in , seven years after Shakespeare.