RSC Summer 2015 Season Is Announced

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.393  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 3, 2014 at 7:22:57 PM EDT

Subject:    RSC Summer 2015 Season Is Announced


Today (Wednesday 3 September) we revealed details of our summer 2015 plays, including our 'Venice' season, and marking 100 years since playwright Arthur Miller's birth.


Miller’s Death of a Salesman, directed by Gregory Doran, with Antony Sher as Willy Loman and Alex Hassell as his eldest son, Biff, will play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre from March 2015.


‘Venice’ season:
 In the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST), Iqbal Khan will direct Othello, with Hugh Quarshie in the title role and Lucian Msamati as Iago. Polly Findlay will direct The Merchant of Venice.


In the Swan Theatre three contemporary takes on classic plays in the Swan Theatre explore the idea of the ‘outsider’:


Trevor Nunn directs Henry Goodman in the title role of Ben Jonson’s Volpone.


Justin Audibert and Matthew Dunster make RSC directing debuts with The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe and Love's Sacrifice by John Ford


New ‘First Encounter with Shakespeare’ tour:
The Famous Victories of Henry V tours partner schools and theatres across England in a new production specially for young people.


The play, directed by Owen Horsley, condenses the three great plays of Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V into a 90-minute adventure for eight to 13 year olds.


RSC Histories

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.392  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <<This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 3, 2014 at 10:15:05 AM EDT

Subject:    RSC Histories


RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the creative team that brought you the acclaimed production of Richard II continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays at the Barbican with 1 Henry IV and 2 Henry IV: 29 November 2014 to 24 January 2015.




The second and third play in Shakespeare's series of histories covering the reigns of Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V. Shakespeare muses on the consequences of actions, the role of princes and the realities of wielding power.


RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly. Jasper returns following his performances in The Taming of the Shrew/The Tamer Tamed (2003). Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam (2011).



With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. As his father gets ready to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of war, Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.



King Henry’s health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare’s heartbreaking conclusion to this pair of plays.


Each part is 2 hours 45 mins/plus a 20-min interval


Announcement: Digital Acting Parts

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.391  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Laura Estill <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 4, 2014 at 10:51:59 AM EDT

Subject:    Announcement: Digital Acting Parts


Announcement: Digital Acting Parts


Are your students performing Shakespeare? Is your theatre doing a Shakespeare show? We built a tool to help! Check it out:


In the early modern period, rather than having access to a full-text play, actors learned their lines using “Actors’ parts,” hastily handwritten documents that provided them with only their cues and lines. Traditionally, today’s actors learn their lines from full-text plays, without any computer assistance. Digital Acting Parts (DAP) is an online environment that both mimics and enhances the early modern acting experience in order to facilitate actors learning their lines. DAP is the first project to give users an interactive experience with an early-modern-inspired “actor’s part,” which encourages both active reading and memorization, in turn leading to a better understanding of the texts themselves.


Digital Acting Parts was created by Laura Estill (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Luis Meneses (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M.  We welcome your feedback.


Laura Estill

Assistant Professor of English

Texas A&M University

Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography


Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabéthains

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.390  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Jean-Christophe MAYER <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 7, 2014 at 1:52:31 PM EDT

Subject:    Latest Issue of Cahiers Elisabéthains


Dear List Members,


The latest issue of Cahiers Elisabethains is now available: Cahiers Elisabethains 85 (2014), Manchester University Press.


  • Please note that article submissions are now open for the next issues of the journal. To submit an article, please write to either of Cahiers's assistant editors: <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> or <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
  • For more details about subscriptions and information about the journal please got to:


Best wishes,

Jean-Christophe Mayer and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin

Co-General Editors





Judicious, sharp spectators? Form, Pattern and Audience in Early Modern Theatre: Some Problems

C. W. R. D. Moseley


Shakespeare at Work: Four Kings and Two Shrews

Warren Chernaik


Within / This ruined cottage’: Witchcraft, Domesticity and Inwardness in The Witch of Edmonton

Muriel Cunin



Carducci Reads Marlowe: Dante and Doctor Faustus (B-Text)

Roy Eriksen


The 1574 Mirour for Magistrates as a possible source of ‘Feath’red King’ in Shakespeare’s ‘The Phoenix and the Turtle’

Richard M. Waugaman



The reflective part of man: Javor Gardev’s Bulgarian Shakespeares

Boika Sokolova



The 2013 Stratford, Ontario, Shakespeare Festival Plays: Measure for Measure, The Tom Patterson Theatre, 26 June 2013; Romeo and Juliet, directed by Tim Carroll, The Festival Theatre, 27 June 2013; Othello, directed by Chris Abraham, The Avon Theatre, 13 August 2013; The Merchant of Venice, directed by Antoni Cimolino, The Festival Theatre, 31 August 2013

Dana E. Aspinall


Henry V, directed by Paul Mullins, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen, Santa Cruz, California, 9 August, 2013.

Marina Favila


Romeo and Juliet, directed by Bobbie Steinbach & Allyn Burrows for the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, The Strand Theatre, Dorchester, Massachusetts, 12 October 2013; Romeo and Juliet, directed by David Leveaux, Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 West 46th Street, New York City, 7 November 2013

Richard J. Larschan


The Massacre at Paris, by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Jeremy L. West, Blackfriars Playhouse, Staunton, Virginia, 24 June 2013, rear stalls centre.

Helen Osborne


Macbeth, directed by Jacquelyn Bessell for the Performance Research Group, salle Dugès, Faculté de Médecine, Montpellier, 29 June 2013

Alban Déléris


Richard II, directed by Claus Peymann for the Berliner Ensemble and the Vienna Burgtheater, Printemps des Comédiens, Amphithéâtre d’O, Montpellier, 26 June 2013

Maggie Domon


Macbeth, directed by Laurent Pelly and translated by Jean-Michel Déprats, Théâtre des Amandiers, Nanterre, 5 and 12 October 2013

Stéphane Huet


Le Conte d’hiver (The Winter’s Tale), translated by Daniel Loayza, directed by Patrick Pineau, La Coursive, Scène nationale, La Rochelle, 13 November 2013

Stéphanie Mercier


Othello, directed by Jack Nieborg for Shakespeare Theater Diever, Diever, The Netherlands, 21 August 2013.

Coen Heijes


Dido, Queen of Carthage, directed by Perry Mills for Edward’s Boys, Levi Fox Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 September 2013

Peter J. Smith


Richard II, directed by Gregory Doran, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, 21 October 2013

Peter J. Smith


Antony and Cleopatra, edited and directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 November 2013

Peter J. Smith


Macbeth (The Notes), adapted and directed by Dan Jemmett, Sortie Ouest, Béziers, France, 15 January 2014

Florence March and Janice Valls-Russell



Ruth Morse, Helen Cooper, and Peter Holland, eds, Medieval Shakespeare: Past and Presents (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013)

David Salter


Shakespeare’s Erotic Mythology and Ovidian Renaissance Culture, edited by Agnès Lafont (Farnham, Surrey, Ashgate, 2013)

Goran Stanivukovic


Farah Karim-Cooper and Tiffany Stern (eds), Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance (London & New York, Bloomsbury, 2013)


Kevin A. Quarmby, Oxford College of Emory University

Paul Edmundson, Paul Prescott and Erin Sullivan, eds., A Year of Shakespeare: Reliving the World Shakespeare Festival, The Arden Shakespeare (London & New York, Bloomsbury, 2013)

Nathalie Rivère de Carles


Alexa C. Y. Huang, Weltliteratur und Welttheater: Ästhetischer Humanismus in der kulturellen Globalisierung (Bielefeld, Transcript Verlag, 2012)

Géraldine Fiss


2014 Shakespeare Colloquium at FDU

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.389  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Harry Keyishian <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 7, 2014 at 12:13:04 PM EDT

Subject:    2014 Shakespeare Colloquium at FDU


2014 Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University


October 18 is the date of the 2014 annual Shakespeare Colloquium at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham campus in Madison, NJ.  This marks the 22nd year of these day-long events. The Colloquium runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


This year’s provocative topic is “Shakespeare Bad and Shakespeare Wrong: Rethinking the Shakespearean.” Four scholars will discuss what can be learned by “bad” and “wrong” Shakespeare—in performance and in scholarship—and what the differences are.  


Dr. Zoltán Márkus (Vassar College) asks what kind of ethical assumptions, implications, or judgments are involved in distinguishing “bad” Shakespeare” from “wrong” Shakespeare. Dr. Iska Alter (Hofstra University) will discuss how and why Shakespeare was produced in Nazi Germany. Dr. Donovan Sherman (Seton Hall University) shows how the “wrongness” of Roland Emmerich’s 2011 film Anonymous reflects on our practices as readers and audiences of Shakespeare. Finally, Dr. Emily Weissbourd (Bryn Mawr College), through a discussion of Othello and the Spanish drama of its time, shows the difference between modern and Renaissance ideas of race, servitude and interracial marriage


Harry Keyishian 

Director, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press

Professor Emeritus

Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy 

Fairleigh Dickinson University


The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.388  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Evelyn Gajowski <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 5, 2014 at 3:38:39 PM EDT

Subject:    The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays




Dear Fellow SHAKSPER members,


I’m pleased to announce that Routledge in London will publish The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, edited by Phyllis Rackin and myself, on 18 Sept. 2014.  Please see the attached publicity flyer and the following link for details --


If you would ask your institutional librarian to order a copy and consider ordering a copy yourself, we would be grateful. 


All the best,



Evelyn Gajowski

Professor of English

Department of English

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Co-Editor (with Phyllis Rackin), The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays, Routledge
Series Editor, Arden Shakespeare and Theory Series


Flyer:  pdf  MMW Flyer (958.34 kB)


SAA Seminar Registration Deadline: 15 September

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.387  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 4, 2014 at 11:42:50 AM EDT

Subject:    SAA Seminar Registration Deadline: 15 September


To all SAA members,


If you plan to take part in a seminar or workshop at the upcoming year’s SAA meeting in Vancouver but have not yet registered, please note that the registration deadline is fast approaching: 15 September. For descriptions of the year’s programs, visit the seminar description page.  

You may register online on the seminar and workshop page, where you will be required to submit four choices. SAA enrollments are processed on a first-registered, first-received basis. Although we make every effort to place you in your first-choice seminar or workshop, registration imbalances can render this impossible. In early October, you will receive notification of your seminar placement and an invitation to take part in the SAA’s Forty-Third Annual Meeting.

The conference will be held 1 - 4 April 2015. The meeting will open with a first group of seminars and workshops at 10:30 a.m. on the morning of Thursday, 2 April and will close with the annual dance late Saturday, 4 April. Our host hotel is the historic Fairmont Vancouver. Rooms are discounted to $135.00 USD per night for single and double occupancy; mandatory state and local taxes will be added at the current rate of 15 percent. The SAA has negotiated complimentary guestroom internet access at the Fairmont. The meeting registration fee, payable starting 1 January 2015, is $125 for faculty and postdoctoral scholars and $90 for graduate students. 


For those members interested in presenting new projects at the 2015 Digital Salon the deadline for proposals is 1 November.  Proposals may be submitted on the SAA digital salon page.


Many of you will be interested in attending the Tenth World Shakespeare Congress in the summer of 2016. The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death will be marked with a conference that opens in Stratford-upon-Avon and travels to London. If you have not yet submitted a proposal for a seminar, workshop, or panel—but would like to—you will be glad to know that the deadline has been extended to 31 October 2014. For further information about the submission of proposals, please visit Those wishing to find co-chairs for seminar sessions are invited to use the noticeboard facility on the website at

I send greetings on behalf of Executive Director Lena Orlin who is currently on leave and Assistant Director Joseph J. Navitsky. We all hope to see you in Vancouver.


With best regards,

Bailey Yeager

Senior Programs Manager


ISA Call for Submissions – Extended Deadline

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.386  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 3, 2014 at 6:08:17 PM EDT

Subject:    Call for Submissions – Extended Deadline




International Shakespeare Association

10th World Shakespeare Congress 2016:

‘Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare’


31 July to 6 August, 2016
London and Stratford-upon-Avon


The year 2016 marks four hundred years of popular, artistic, and scholarly enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s life and works. We justly celebrate Shakespeare as a creator of plays and poems, characters and ideas, words and worlds. But so too, in the centuries since the playwright’s death in 1616, have scholars and thinkers, writers, artists, and performers—of all kinds and from around the globe—re-created him. In such perpetual reinventions of Shakespeare we seem to have confirmation of Ben Jonson’s words: Shakespeare was “not of an age, but for all time”.


The tenth World Shakespeare Congress of the International Shakespeare Association will honour Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy and celebrate the continuing global resonance of his work. The Congress’s rich programme of plenary lectures, seminars, panels, workshops, events, and performances will take place across two successive locations: first in Stratford-upon-Avon, among the key sites of Shakespeare’s personal life; and subsequently in London, close to the site of his most famous workplace, the Globe theatre. WSC 2016 will offer unparalleled opportunities to engage with current Shakespeare performance, criticism, and pedagogy, and to connect with fellow Shakespeareans from around the world.


The Congress organisers welcome proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and other events (including performances and other creative responses) relating to any aspect of Shakespeare’s work, life, and continuing legacy.


Proposals of 500 words for seminars, panels, and workshops may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Workshops and seminars should be co-hosted with at least one other delegate. The Congress is an international event, and, as such, potential co-hosts are strongly encouraged to collaborate with delegates from other countries or geographical regions. Proposers will understand that there will be more space for seminars than panels on the conference programme.


Deadline for submissions: 31 October 2014


Those submitting proposals should ensure that their membership of the ISA is current.


Financial donations to the World Shakespeare Congress are greatly appreciated. All such donations will be used to provide grant subsidies for early-career scholars and delegates from countries with less competitive economies. For further information please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We look forward to welcoming delegates and their families and friends in the summer of 2016.




Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe
Royal Shakespeare Company
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham
London Shakespeare Centre, King’s College London


Affiliated Hosts


Holy Trinity Church
King Edward VI Grammar School
Misfit, inc.


Problem Sending Newsletters

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.385  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Subject:    Problem Sending Newsletters


Dear SHAKSPER subscribers,


SHAKSPER was located to a new server while I was in the UK. Since then there have been problems with the send mail function that are still to be worked out.


I hope that I have found a way around the problem until it is fixed.


Accept my apologies and bear with me.





The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.381  Thursday, 28 August 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Thursday, August 28, 2014

Subject:    IMPORTANT SHAKSPER Announcements


During the summer, I have been seeking volunteers to assist me with some of the SHAKSPER operations.


Since I was away for most of the summer, I have not had a sustained period to work through those who have volunteered and how I might use those persons.


Tonight, I am announcing my first two appointments of SHAKSPER Contributing Editors.


Assistant Professor of English, Louise Geddes of Adelphi University in Garden City, NY, will be Contributing Editor in change of the Festivals and Plays section of the SHAKSPER web site.


Louise Geddes is an Assistant Professor of English at Adelphi University.  She has just completed her first manuscript, Pyramus and Thisbe: The Stage Histories of Shakespeare’s Unruly Play, which reflects her interests in Shakespeare’s role as a maker of theatrical manners. One article from this monograph has been published in Shakespeare Bulletin and another is forthcoming in MaRDiE. Her current research centers on the death of political theatre in contemporary British drama.  Her article “The Bite of the Right in Thatcher’s England: Jacobean Presentism and Howard Barker’s Women Beware Women” was recently published in Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, and “A Mad Art, My Masters: Theatre and Usable Culture in Late Twentieth-Century Britain” is forthcoming in ILS. Beginning this year, Louise is also a contributor at YWES.


All suggestions, additions, or changes should be sent to Professor Geddes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Associate Professor of English Annalisa Castaldo from Widener University in Chester, PA, will be SHAKSPER Contributing Editor in charge of coordinating the SHAKSPER Book Review Panel for the SBReviews.


Annalisa Castaldo received her PhD from Temple University. She is an associate professor of English at Widener University in Chester, PA where she teaches Shakespeare and other early modern works. She has worked closely with the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater in Philadelphia in numerous roles and has edited Henry V, Henry VI: 1-3 and Macbeth (Focus editions). Her scholarly interests include performance history, Shakespeare in pop culture, and gender representations on the early modern stage.


Any suggestions for possible books to review should be sent to Professor Castaldo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copied to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Please join in welcoming Louise and Annalisa to what I hope will be the ever expanding family of SHAKSPER Contributing Editors.




Upcoming GW MEMSI Events for 2014-2015

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.376  Thursday, 28 August 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 28, 2014 at 9:28:04 AM EDT

Subject:    Upcoming GW MEMSI Events for 2014-2015


Another year means more exciting events from the GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute. 


Please join us on Friday, September 5, at 3:00 PM, for Professor Rebecca Bushnell's Dean's Scholars' in Shakespeare Annual Lecture.   The Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Program is directed by Professor Holly Dugan. This lecture will take place in the Academic Building (Post Hall) of GW's Mount Vernon Campus. 


Professor Rebecca Bushnell is the President of the Shakespeare Association of America and professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books, including Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens (Cornell University Press, 2003) and Tragedy: A Short Introduction (Blackwell, 2005) and the editor of Companion to Tragedy (Blackwell, 2005). 


Her talk is entitled  “What ist’ o’clock?”: Comic and Tragic Temporality in Shakespeare.


How do characters and audience experience time in Shakespeare's plays and why does it matter? This lecture will pursue a general theory of comic and tragic time in performance, in The Comedy of Errors, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. The Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare Annual Lecture is designed for a broad audience.  It is free and open to the public, and it will be followed by a reception.


Information on the free shuttle between Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campus can be accessed here.Part of the purpose of this event is to welcome the Dean's Scholars in Shakespeare to GW.  Students in this two-year, 16-credit program will be residing in Cole Hall and taking courses on Mount Vernon. The Shakespeare Annual Lecture series features distinguished Shakespearean scholars each year and brings cutting-edge work to GW's campus.



Other MEMSI events to look forward to this year:


Nov 14: Symposium on Monsters, with Kathleen Long Perry (Cornell), Surekha Davies (Western Connecticut State) and Asa Simon Mittman (Chico State) 


Dec 5: Bruce Holsinger reads from his celebrated historical fiction A Burnable Book


March 20: Symposium on "Transition, Scale and Catastrophe" with Stacy Alaimo, Stephanie LeMenager, Steve Mentz and more


April 9-10: "Entangled Trajectories: Integrating European and Native American Histories" at GW and the Library of Congress.


We will also have a few more events along the way, including a works in progress breakfast series. 


Lastly, I would like to take the time to briefly introduce myself. My name is Casey Bieda and I am the MEMSI assistant this year. I look forward to working with MEMSI this upcoming year, as well corresponding with all of you. 



GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute


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