The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0520 Monday, 18 November 2013
From: Richard Waugaman <
Date: November 17, 2013 at 5:13:25 PM EST
Subject: Performance of King John
An excellent production of King John will be performed for one more week near Washington, DC, at the Avant Bard Theater—
King John gave us Robin Hood and the Magna Carta. Find out why. In a fever dream of British royal history, Shakespeare’s most enigmatic king wrestles with covetous heirs, rebellious lords and his own conscience as he struggles to retain the throne–and his own sanity.
Directed by Artistic Director Tom Prewitt and featuring Acting Company members Christopher Henley, Cam Magee and Chuck Young.
Previews: October 27 at 2:00 pm, October 29-31 at 7:30 pm
Opening Night: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:30 pm.
Performances: Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm through November 24.
All previews and Saturday matinees are Pay What You Can!
For tickets, order online or call WSC Avant Bard at 703-418-4808.
Theatre on the Run
3700 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
Richard III - Silent Film Screening
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0519 Monday, 18 November 2013
From: Hardy Cook <
Date: November 15, 2013 at 5:25:04 PM EST
Subject: Richard III - Silent Film Screening
Richard III - Silent film screening
Silent Film Special Event in partnership with The University of York
On 27 Nov at 6pm we will be screening a silent film version of Richard III in the main auditorium. The film stars celebrated stage and screen actor Frank Benson as a deliciously dastardly Richard in a precious piece of film and theatre history recorded on the stage of Stratford’s Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1911. The film will feature musical accompaniment and, in a performance first, will be voiced live by our cast from the stage production to a commissioned ‘silent cinema actor script’.
Script, voice-to-screen direction and introduction: Judith Buchanan
Tickets: £5, or £3 students and for those who have a ticket to the theatre production
Event Running Time: 45 mins total, including introduction and a short Q&A after the screening
With live, original piano accompaniment by John Sweeney
British Shakespeare Association Fellowships Day and AGM
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0518 Friday, 15 November 2013
From: British Shakespeare Association <
Date: November 15, 2013 at 9:42:23 AM EST
Subject: British Shakespeare Association Fellowships Day and AGM
British Shakespeare Association
BSA Fellowships Day Saturday 30 November
10.00am to 4.00pm, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The British Shakespeare Association are conferring upon Professors Terence Hawkes and Stanley Wells the title of Honorary Fellow in recognition of their significant contributions to Shakespeare scholarship. The day starts at 10am and includes reflections on and appreciation of the work and careers of two very different kinds of Shakespeare scholars. Ewan Fernie and Susan Basnett will speak on Terry and Carol Rutter and John Jowett on Stanley. A closing panel discussion will be followed by a sparkling wine reception.
The day will cost £5.00 per person (no discounts, pay on the door only).
Members of the BSA are invited to remain after the event for the BSA’s Annual General Meeting (from 4.00pm). It would be helpful to have a sense of numbers in advance, so we are inviting people to sign up via e-mail. Please send your name and contact details (including a phone number) to
Alternatively, you can just turn up on the day.
If you wish to join the British Shakespeare Association and attend the AGM, you can sign up to be a member on the website www . britishshakespeare . ws . Memberships cost £25 (£15 concessions), and you can also opt to receive the BSA’s journal Shakespeare at the extremely discounted price of £15.
The British Shakespeare Association
Herbert-Dickinson NEH Seminar
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0516 Wednesday, 13 November 2013
From: Richard A. Strier <
Date: November 12, 2013 at 1:05:39 PM EST
Subject: Herbert-Dickinson NEH Seminar
I don’t know whether this will be of interest to anyone on this list (or your graduate students), but it might be (two spots of the 16 are available for grad students).
I am offering an NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers this summer (July 7-Aug 8) at the University of Chicago on “George Herbert and Emily Dickinson.” Anyone interested can e-mail me at
or, better yet, for full information, go to the seminar website:
Sulzberger Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
Editor, Modern Philology
Department of English
University of Chicago
1115 E. 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0515 Tuesday, 12 November 2013
From: Jake Goldberg <
Date: November 11, 2013 at 10:24:48 AM EST
Subject: Free Online Lecture - Hamlet
[Editor’s Note: I post this advertisement with some reservations; nevertheless, it is possible that someone on this list might be interested. –Hardy]
LibertasU will be hosting a number of free online lectures over the next few weeks. One will take place on Tuesday, Nov 19th at 8:30 PM Eastern, when Professor John Alvis will give a lecture on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Professor Alvis is a highly respected and experienced academic and we’re sure that all of the participants will enjoy taking part in the real-time discussion and debate of ideas afforded by our unique online platform.
Participation in the lecture is limited. We hope you will pass this message on to your members so that those who would like to participate will have the opportunity to register.
More information is available on our website: www.libertasu.com/freelecture3.html
Programs with Adam Gopnik and with Theatre for a New Audience
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0512 Monday, 11 November 2013
From: John F Andrews <
Date: November 10, 2013 at 6:35:04 PM EST
Subject: Programs with Adam Gopnik and with Theatre for a New Audience
A Hearty Tribute to Theatre for a New Audience
Thursday, November 21
Program 6:00, Reception 7:15 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park, Manhattan
Free, but Reservations Requested
Founded in 1979 by Jeffrey Horowitz, and chaired for most of its distinguished history by Theodore C. Rogers, THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE has earned dozens of honors and provided a congenial setting for directors like Arin Arbus, Julie Taymor, and Darko Tresnjak, and for actors such as Kathleen Chalfant, Mark Rylance, and John Douglas Thompson. It was the first American company to perform one of the playwright’s classics in Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and its rendering of The Merchant of Venice, with F. Murray Abraham as Shylock, was featured in the RSC’s recent Complete Works Festival. Julie Taymor staged versions of Titus Andronicus and The Tempest at Theatre for a New Audience before she directed those works on film, so it’s altogether fitting that her long-anticipated production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is now inaugurating the Theatre’s sparkling new POLONSKY SHAKESPEARE CENTER in Brooklyn. Please join us for a celebratory toast to Jeffrey Horowitz and Ted Rogers.
A Memorable Evening with Adam Gopnik
Friday, November 22
Reception 6:00, Program 6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, Manhattan
Members $10, Others $20
Best known, perhaps, for Paris to the Moon, a touching account of the years he and his family spent in the City of Light, Adam Gopnik has also enriched our lives with Americans in Paris, an anthology of New World responses to the French capital, and The Table Comes First: France, Family, and the Meaning of Food, a volume that has been lauded in the Dining section of the New York Times and is now being adapted for the theater.
Another of Mr. Gopnik’s recent publications, Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life, derives from a New Yorker article about the conflicting accounts of Edwin M. Stanton’s famous eulogy as America’s 16th President expired from a wound that had been inflicted a few hours earlier in Ford’s Theatre. According to a stenographer who took notes on that somber occasion, Stanton said “Now he belongs to the angels.” But near the end of the century, in their official biography of Lincoln, John Hay and John Nicolay, his personal secretaries, reported that Stanton said “Now he belongs to the ages.” Both versions echo familiar passages from the President’s favorite writer, and both accord with Shakespearean patterns that many have noted in their comments about Lincoln’s life and untimely death.
For this gathering, Mr. Gopnik will join the Guild’s John Andrews, who has published articles about the Lincoln assassination in The Atlantic and the New York Times, for a conversation prompted by the 50th anniversary of another tragedy that took place on a Friday, this time during a sunny autumn afternoon in 1963. The audience will be encouraged to join in reflections about relationships between the two events, and about ways in which both of them illustrate the enduring resonance of titles such as Julius Caesar, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
Welcoming a New Biography of Edwin Booth
Thursday, December 19
Program 6:30, Reception 7:45 p.m.
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park, Manhattan
Free, but Reservations Requested
A prominent university administrator as well as a scholar who has written the definitive biography of 19th-century actor Joseph Jefferson, an eminent friend and colleague of Edwin Booth, Arthur W. Bloom has now completed what reviewers describe as our most authoritative study of Booth himself. During a discussion that will address a wide range of topics, among them how various members of America’s foremost theatrical family responded to the Civil War and its dramatic conclusion, and how the most distinguished of them then proceeded to put an enduring mark on roles like Brutus and Hamlet and earn renown as “The Prince of Players.” In 1988 Booth purchased a home on Gramercy Park and founded The Players, an institution he modeled after the Garrick Club in London, and it was there that he died in 1893. Copies of Edwin Booth: A Biography and Performance History will be on hand for purchase and inscription.
For more information about these and related offerings, visit www.shakesguild.org. To secure reservations and make credit-card payments, simply reply with a message to
or call 505-988-9560.
If you belong to the English-Speaking Union or the Shakespeare Guild, you qualify to receive a member discount for the November 22 program with Adam Gopnik. Should you wish to reserve through the ESU, you may do so with a message to
or with a call to 212-818-1200. If space remains available on the day of that event, you may pay at the door.
An Age of Kings 5 Disc DVD
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0505 Wednesday, 6 November 2013
From: Louise Machin <
Date: November 5, 2013 at 12:25:07 PM EST
Subject: An Age of Kings 5 Disc DVD
FOR RELEASE ON DVD DECEMBER 8, 2013
Illuminations presents an exclusive 5-disc DVD of
An Age of Kings
Eight History plays by William Shakespeare
Groundbreaking adaptation of Shakespeare’s Histories available for the first time in 50 years
960 minutes including extras
£34.99 including VAT
An Age of Kings is the BBC’s compelling 15-part series from 1960 of William Shakespeare’s great national pageant of eight History plays. Watched by over three million viewers, it is the most ambitious Shakespeare project ever filmed for television.
Hailed by the Guardian as ‘ambitious ... exciting ... a striking example of the creative use of television’, it was a powerful demonstration of the BBC’s unique strengths and abilities in a time when Britain’s public service broadcaster was not principally in the hunt for ratings.
Planned as the inaugural production in the newly-built BBC TV Centre, An Age of Kings was later broadcast live on Thursday evenings every fortnight from Riverside Studios in Hammersmith as the series wasn’t ready in time for the opening.
For more than 50 years, this TV landmark has been entirely unavailable in Britain. Yet its drama of power politics, betrayals, deceptions and deadly rivalries is as alive as ever. So too is the beauty of some of Shakespeare’s greatest poetry and prose.
An Age of Kings features outstanding actors, including Robert Hardy, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, and Sean Connery, at the beginning of their highly successful careers. More than five decades after it was first seen, An Age of Kings is a vivid and vibrant drama, with an unparalleled clarity and immediacy, sense of scale and poetic depth.
With 600 speaking parts and 30 weeks of rehearsal before filming, each episode cost £4000. The series was shot on only four cameras with a cyclorama used for the battle scenes and lots of smoke.
DVD extras: The Making of An Age of Kings features Tony Garnett (Cathy Come Home, Days of Hope) interviewed at Riverside Studios. Garnett recalls his experiences on this groundbreaking series and the challenges of making one of the most ambitious Shakespeare projects ever filmed.
Also included in the 5 disc DVD pack is a 24-page booklet giving background information and critical writing about the production.
Catalogue number: AOK166
An Age of Kings taster reel (20 mins)
The Making of An Age of Kings (14 mins, 15 secs)
YouTube and DVD trailer with DVD advert (3 mins)
An Age of Kings press pack download (includes 2d and 3d pack shots, 12 stills and poster)
Illuminations is a leading producer and publisher of cultural media with a distinguished history of making programmes about the arts, digital culture, and ideas. Recent productions include Rupert Goold’s Macbeth starring Patrick Stewart, and RSC director Greg Doran’s Julius Caesar. More performance DVDs can be found online at www.illuminationsmedia.co.uk
More information and review copies, contact Louise Machin on 020 7288 8409/07958 225186 or
Essential media about the arts
A: 19-20 Rheidol Mews, London N1 8NU
T: +44 20 7288 8400 F: +44 20 7288 8488
2014 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: “Tudor Books and Readers”
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0502 Monday, 4 November 2013
From: Mark Rankin <
Date: November 3, 2013 at 3:33:09 PM EST
Subject: 2014 NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers: “Tudor Books and Readers”
John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the construction and dissemination of books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries). Employing key methods of the history of the book and the history of reading, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the English Renaissance and/or Reformation, the history of the book, the history of reading, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.
This seminar will meet from 23 June until 26 July 2014. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at Senate House Library of the University of London. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St. Edmund Hall as they make use of rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions.
Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2014 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900.
Full details and application information are available at https://sites.jmu.edu/NEHtudorbooks2014. For further information, please contact Mark Rankin (
). Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014.
TONIGHT: Harry Lennix Screens Shakespeare Film in Memphis
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0501 Saturday, 2 November 2013
From: Newstok Scott <
Date: November 2, 2013 at 7:44:00 AM EDT
Subject: TONIGHT: Harry Lennix Screens Shakespeare Film in Memphis
Hollywood actor Harry Lennix and scholar/screenwriter Dr. Ayanna Thompson screen their new adaptation of the “Henry IV” plays at the Indie Memphis Film Festival this Saturday night (9pm, November 2, Playhouse on the Square):
“H4” transports Shakespeare to contemporary Los Angeles to explore political struggles in the African American community. Performed in Shakespeare’s original language, “H4” will appeal to Shakespearean aficionados and newcomers alike:
Lennix and Thompson will converse with the audience following the screening. Mr. Lennix will also discuss his role as King Henry IV on WKNO’s “Checking on the Arts” on Friday, November 1 at 9am. The “Memphis Flyer” review of “H4” is pasted below.
Advance tickets ($15) can be purchased online:
Please share this announcement with anyone who might enjoy seeing this film.
Shakespeare at Rhodes
The film H4, premiering this Saturday at Indie Memphis, moves a pair of Shakespeare’s more accessible history plays — Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 — into the 21st century and measures their relevance against a contemporary African-American experience. That’s a tall order, and it may not even be the most interesting thing about this Kickstarter-funded experiment starring Harry Lennix as the titular H. The script, adapted to the screen by scholar/screenwriter Ayanna Thompson, preserves Shakespeare’s language but deviates far enough from the letter to challenge purists. Director Paul Quinn’s brave embrace of theatrical device and nonrealism should be an inspiration, and possibly even a model, for filmmakers looking to tell huge stories with miniscule budgets.
Although they delve into politics and warfare, the Henry IV plays have all the elements of a classic coming-of-age story. Henry Bolingbroke, played by Lennix in an eye patch, has never made peace with the fact that he took the crown by force, killing his predecessor, Richard II. To atone for his sins, he’d lead a crusade in the Holy Land, but as king he’s too caught up in the business of staying king, as border skirmishes break out and old friends become bitter rivals. Worse, instead of preparing to become king someday, his son and heir is too busy whoring and carousing with thieves and lowlifes. The artists collaborating on H4 have moved the play’s action to Los Angeles and transformed the “Prince of Wales” into the “Prince of Watts.”
Shakespeare’s mostly preserved language is frequently tweaked, with the odd modern reference. Falstaff calls for a cup of “malt liquor” and a capon. Another scene is set with the line: “This is Inglewood, not Guantanamo Bay — there are no hooded men.”
Translating Shakespeare to the big screen is more challenging that it might seem because so much of the rich descriptive language becomes redundant and cumbersome in a photographic medium. This is why relatively modest attempts like Joss Whedon’s recent take on Much Ado About Nothing, which was shot primarily at the director’s home, can have so much more life than Kenneth Branagh’s lavishly appointed and famously uncut Hamlet. H4 shifts between scenes filmed in the graffiti-covered streets of L.A. and scenes shot on an essentially bare stage and in the dressing room of a theater, a convention that allows modern rivals toting switchblades and baseball bats to fight it out with swords and medieval bludgeons in slyly self-conscious displays of stage combat.
Because it was originally performed on a bare stage, Shakespeare’s words set the scene, and Quinn, Lennix, and company have capitalized on this, making it work in a way that may remind some film fans of the narration in Jean-Luc Godard’s sci-fi experiment, Alphaville.
Much ado has been made of Lennix’s dedication to H4, a film that the Shakespeare aficionado has described as a labor of love, but he’s one player in a strong ensemble that includes Keith David, Heavy D, Amad Jackson, and Geno Monteiro making a star turn as Hotspur, the rebel knight.
Saturday, November 2nd, 9 p.m.
Playhouse on the Square
AFTLS' “Othello” at the Cockpit - 25th November
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0500 Saturday, 2 November 2013
From: Actors From The London Stage <
Date: November 1, 2013 at 7:36:07 PM EDT
Subject: AFTLS' “Othello” at the Cockpit - 25th November
Actors From The London Stage
Actors From The London Stage will present the triumphant homecoming of our Fall 2013 touring production of Othello at London’s Cockpit for two shows only! This eleven-week US tour has been receiving rave reviews from audiences at the University of Notre Dame, University of Texas - San Antonio, Wellesley College, United States Naval Academy, University of North Carolina - Charlotte, Franklin College, and DePauw University. The final two stops for the tour are the University of Texas - Austin (4th -10th November) and Berea College (11th -17th November).