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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.392  Tuesday, 9 September 2014


From:        Hardy M. Cook << This e-mail 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 e-mail 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 e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Luis Meneses ( This e-mail 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 e-mail 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.

  • 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 e-mail 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 e-mail 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: icon MMW Flyer (958.34 kB)

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