An Age of Kings 5 Disc DVD

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0505  Wednesday, 6 November 2013


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

Date:         November 5, 2013 at 12:25:07 PM EST

Subject:    An Age of Kings 5 Disc DVD



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.


Barcode: 5060291820072

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


More information and review copies, contact Louise Machin on 020 7288 8409/07958 225186 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Louise Machin


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

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 For further information, please contact Mark Rankin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 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 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

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.


Yours sincerely,

Scott Newstok

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.

Indie Memphis

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

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).


Shakespeare and American Integration

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0498  Thursday, 31 October 2013


From:        Sharon O’Dair <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         October 30, 2013 at 3:22:43 PM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare and American Integration


Shakespeare and American Integration: A Symposium

A part of “Through the Doors,” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the integration of the University of Alabama


FRIDAY Nov 15, 2013

Birmingham Room, Bryant Conference Center, UA campus:


1:30—2:45 pm:  Jason Demeter (George Washington University): “’The soul of a great white poet’: Shakespearean Educations in the Civil Rights Era”


3:00—4:15 pm:  Stephen Buhler (University of Nebraska): “The Duke Speaks Out: Integration and Appropriation in Such Sweet Thunder and My People”



Concert Hall at the Moody Music Building, UA School of Music, UA campus:


7:30 pm:  Delfeayo Marsalis Octet:  Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak



SATURDAY Nov 16, 2013

Birmingham Room, Bryant Conference Center, UA campus:


9:00—10:15 am: Nigel Hatton (University of California, Merced): “’To Thine Own Self’: James Baldwin on Shakespeare and the Integration of the English Language”


10:30—11:45 am: Delfeayo Marsalis (New Orleans, LA): “Sweet Thunder: Ellington, Shakespeare, and the Blues”


Lunch Break


1:00—2:15 pm: Keith Miller and Erin McCarthy (Arizona State University):  “Othello’s Blackness after Malcolm X”


2:30—3:45 pm:  Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University): “Joseph Papp’s Color Blinding”


4:00—5:15 pm:  Joyce MacDonald (University of Kentucky): “’You’re all I need to get by’: Rehabilitating Romance in a Black Taming of the Shrew.”


Reception: 5:30—7:00  (Location to be discovered!)


Sponsored by:  The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies; The College of Arts and Sciences; The School of Music; the Department of American Studies; and New College.


All lectures and the performance are free and open to the public.


November 6: Ayanna Thompson

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0497  Wednesday, 30 October 2013


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

Date:         Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Subject:     November 6: Ayanna Thompson


The Marshall Grossman Lecture Series at the University of Maryland, College Park presents:


Ayanna Thompson, George Washington University


“Othello in the 21st Century: To Perform or Not To Perform?”


November 6, 4:30pm


Tawes Hall 2115


Although as Dympna Callaghan has said, “Othello was a white man”—that is, the role was written to be performed by the white renaissance actor Richard Burbage in black make-up—the part has come to represent the pinnacle for the classically trained black actor (e.g., Ira Aldridge, Paul Robeson, Earle Hyman, Roscoe Lee Browne, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, and more recently Chiwetel Ejiofor). Yet starting in the late 20th century, many black actors began refusing to play Othello. This talk analyzes the debates about Othello’s role in the 21st century; it addresses the complex and dynamic relationships between Shakespeare, race, and performance.


Scott A. Trudell

Assistant Professor

Department of English

3243 Tawes Hall

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742


PhD Funding Opportunity

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0494  Thursday, 25 October 2013


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

Date:         October 24, 2013 11:10:38 AM EDT

Subject:     PhD Funding Opportunity


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding for UK/EU arts and humanities research students:


The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding 410 PhD studentships over a five year period to excellent research students in the arts and humanities.


The DTP, a collaboration between De Montfort University and the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, Birmingham and Birmingham City, provides research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.


The Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University <> is inviting applications from students whose research interests include:


* textual criticism


* book history


* manuscript studies


* the editing of literary and/or historical texts


* genetic criticism


* the sociology of authorship and/or publication and/or reading


* enumerative, analytical (descriptive/physical and/or historical) and/or textual bibliography


* computational stylistics


* print technologies


* digital publication


The deadline for AHRC funding applications is 9 January 2014, by which time students must have applied for a place to study and have provided two references to a university within the DTP.  For full details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas, please visit <> or email <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..>


Prof Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Director, Centre for Textual Studies

De Montfort University


Saint Crispin’s Day

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0493  Thursday, 25 October 2013


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

Date:         Friday, October 25, 2013

Subject:     Saint Crispin’s Day


Hello, from the Blackfriars Conference to all SHAKSPEReans.


It has been a delight to meet old friends and to put faces to SHAKSPEReans who I am meeting in person for the first time.


As Ann Thompson reminded us this morning, today is Saint Crispin’s Day, the feast day of the Christian saints Crispin and Crispinian, twins who were martyred c. 286 CE. I wish the best on this feast day to all present at the Blackfriars Conference and to Shakespearean everywhere.


One of the joys of the Blackfriars Conference is that tickets to the five shows in the fall season of the American Shakespeare Company are included in the price of admission; a splendid time is guaranteed for all. 


Now that I have “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” stuck in my head, I would like to come to the purpose of this note.


Seeing five plays in five days is certainly not the norm, but I would like to remind subscribers that if you are inclined to review any of the Shakespeare productions you have seen, they will not only appear on SHAKSPER but also they will be shared with The Internet Shakespeare Editions Performance Chronicle:


I wish everyone the joy of hearing and seeing, the joy of performance,



B&L 8.1 is out!


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0491  Wednesday, 23 October 2013


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

Date:         October 23, 2013 9:20:47 AM EDT

Subject:     B&L 8.1 is out!


The Editors of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation rejoice at the release of B&L 8.1, which includes: a special cluster on nineteenth-century women actors, artists, and authors, with ground-breaking images of Sarah Bernhardt’s sculptures by Alan Young; discussions of Fanny Kemble, Ellen Tree, and Joanna Baillie, by Anne Russell and Judith Slagle; an article on proto-feminist Shakespearean editors in 19thc. America, by Tricia Lootens; multi-media-rich essays by Peter Erickson and Amy Scott-Douglass on Toni Morrison’s Desdemona and the Met Opera’s The Enchanted Island, respectively; and Sarah Olive’s argument for the term “incidental appropriation” to address glimpses of Shakespeare in British popular reality television shows (of which you can even watch glimpses in streaming video clips). Visit us at, share this message, and “like” our Facebook page if you haven’t already!



Dr. Sujata Iyengar, Professor of English

Co-general editor of Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation

Department of English

Park Hall

University of Georgia

Athens, GA 30602-6205

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Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0489  Tuesday, 22 October 2013


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

Date:         October 19, 2013 12:31:36 PM EDT

Subject:     Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society


The fall meeting of the Greater New York Chapter of the American Musicological Society will take place on Saturday, October 26th, at the Opera Learning Center in the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s headquarters at Lincoln Center.  The theme for the meeting is “Music and Shakespeare.”  


Here is the schedule:


12:00-12:15  Welcome


12:15-12:45    Introducing a new opera—Hamlet by Nancy van de Vate, with live performance of excerpts


12:45-2:15      1st paper session 

Ren Draya - The Music in Shakespeare’s Othello

Samanatha Bassler - Music and Disability in Shakespeare

Ji Yeon Lee - Climax and Anti-Climax: Verdi's Musical Rendering of Lady Macbeth’s Dramatic Narrative


2:15-2:30 Break


2:30-3:30  Panel Discussion--Using Music to Teach Shakespeare; Using Shakespeare to Teach Music


3:30-3:45    Break


3:45-5:15    2nd paper session

Alessandra Jones Massenet’s Scènes Dramatiques (1874) and the French Art of Distilling Shakespeare

Jacqueline Sholes - “Joseph Joachim’s Overture to Hamlet in Relation to Shakespeare and Liszt”

Melissa Khong - Ophelia as Creative Agency in Guillaume Lekeu’s Second Symphonic Etude


It will be held in the Opera Learning Center at 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 6th floor.  For directions, go to


Abstracts of the papers may be found on the chapter's website:


All are welcome to attend.


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CFP: Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0488  Tuesday, 22 October 2013


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

Date:         October 17, 2013 2:38:24 PM EDT

Subject:     CFP: Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare 


Thirteenth Annual Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference

“Shakespeare Noir:  Destabilization, Corruption, Irruption, Illumination, Liberation”


Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at Worcester State University, Worcester, MA.


Much like film noir in the 1940s and ’50s Shakespeare’s drama and poetry explore the seamy underside of order, respectability, and morality. This conference will look for papers that explore how texts and performances related to Shakespeare destabilize, expose, or illuminate the faux stability of the Elizabethan world picture or the various eras in which the plays and poems have been presented and studied, as well as fetishizing Shakespeare. Possible topics might include exploring:


How Shakespeare’s plays and poems themselves challenge views of

  • government
  • religion and faith
  • the demonic and the divine
  • class and gender roles
  • science and nature
  • the virtue or destructiveness of art (especially in terms of the theater)


How Shakespeare and his work have been marshaled/manipulated/exploited to reflect specific political, social, philosophical, and aesthetic views through

  • stage and film productions
  • paratexts or adaptations on the page, stage, or screen
  • literary criticism; etc.

Proposals of approximately 300 words due March 14, 2014.  Papers length should be gauged for 15 minutes reading time.


 $10.00 conference registration fee


Contact Person:  Dr. Sharon R. Yang, English Department, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA 0160

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Sponsors:  Worcester State University, Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference Consortium 


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