Podcast about Shakespeare and Cognition

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.124  Thursday, 14 April 2016


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

Date:         April 13, 2016 at 10:55:36 AM EDT

Subject:    Podcast about Shakespeare and Cognition


Hi there, of possible interest to subscribers:


To kick-start season 2 of Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory, Dr Neema Parvini (University of Surrey) spoke with Dr Raphael Lyne (University of Cambridge) about the ‘cognitive turn’ in Shakespeare studies and what studying Shakespeare might be able to tell us about the human mind.




ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.123  Thursday, 14 April 2016


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

Date:         April 12, 2016 at 11:21:07 AM EDT

Subject:    ASTR Shakespearean Performance Research Group 2016


The Shakespearean Performance Research Group


Conveners: Catherine Burriss (California State University, Channel Islands), Franklin J. Hildy (University of Maryland), Rob Ormsby (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Don Weingust (University of California, Berkeley), and W. B. Worthen (Barnard College, Columbia University)


American Society for Theatre Research 2016 Conference

Minneapolis Marriott City Center
November 3-6, 2016




The Shakespearean Performance Research Group of the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR) provides an ongoing home for the study of Shakespearean performance within ASTR.


Like performance generally, perhaps, Shakespeare performance takes up theory and practice of “trans”: as a site of cultural production, Shakespeare performance is at once productively between cultural categories – literature and/or theatre; theatre and/or other media; acting and/or “acting”; history, histories, the present; the Globe and the globe; normative and/or subversive enactments of identity – and, sometimes at least, transformative of them. In 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s mortal transformation, we invite papers that take up the question of the trans: the translational, transadaptive, transnational, transplanetary, transidentitarian, transdisciplinary, transmedial, transversal, transgressive problematics of Shakespeare performance.


As the conveners continue preparations to publish an edited volume on the subject, stemming from the work of the Research Group, we continue to welcome proposals for papers meeting the larger conference and Research Group theme that may consider the topic of “original practices” in Shakespearean performance.


Selected papers will be assigned to subgroups by the group’s conveners, and the conveners will organize on-line communication of subgroup members before the conference. At the conference session, papers will be discussed first within subgroups, after which the subgroups will come together to exchange ideas.


For any specific questions, please contact the working group conveners at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that all submissions must be received formally through the ASTR website, at, where you will be asked for, amongst other information, an abstract of up to 500 words and a biography of up to 250 words. The form will allow you to indicate second- and third-choice working groups if you wish; if you do so, note that there is a space for you to indicate how your work will fit into those groups. The deadline for receipt of working group proposals is June 1, 2016 and we anticipate that participants will be notified of their acceptance no later than June 30. As this is the first year of this new process, please contact the conference organizers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about the process.  More information about ASTR is available at




Wooden O Symposium—Final Call

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.117  Thursday, 7 April 2016


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

Date:         April 7, 2016 at 10:09:14 AM EDT

Subject:    Wooden O Symposium—Final Call



August 8-10, 2016

Cedar City, Utah, USA




The Wooden O Symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States


The Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. This year we are particularly interested in papers/panels that investigate our theme: Shakespeare and the New Frontier. The “New Frontier” could be anything from the American West, to the Digital Age, to new and innovative performance styles.  As always, this year’s symposium also encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s summer season: Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V, and Julius Caesar. 


The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. With a 250-word abstract or session proposal please include the following information: 1) Name of presenter(s), 2) Participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar), 3) College/university affiliation, 4) Mailing address, 5) Email address, 6) audio/visual requirements.


Submit the abstract or proposal via post or e-mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Wooden O Symposium

c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival

351 W. Center St. 

Cedar City, UT 84720


Fax: 435-865-8003                                           


For more information, call 435-865-8333




CFP ASA Biennial Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.116  Thursday, 7 April 2016


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

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 9:19:04 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP ASA Biennial Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi


Dear Shakespearean friends,


Greeting from Yukari Yoshihara, secretary of Asian Shakespeare Association.


Call for Paper

Asian Shakespeare Association Biennial

Conference, 1-3 Dec 2016, New Delhi, India.

‘All the World is his Stage: Shakespeare Today’


There is no doubt that Shakespeare has occupied the stages of the world: his works are read, translated and performed in most languages of the world. Intercultural and intermedial appropriation is the order of the day, his works continue to issue forth in protean and surprising forms. The world has embraced Shakespeare as no other author before or after. He inhabits all literatures and cultures. This conference would like to celebrate, document and debate this world-wide spread of Shakespeare: how and why do people continue to recourse to his plays and poems? What meanings do they make more than 400 years after they were written? Are these versions of the same Shakespeare or do both local and global Shakespeare exist simultaneously? Is it possible or even desirable to reclaim our man from Stratford?


The conference invites papers (20 mins.), panels (3-4 papers), seminars and workshops which address diverse aspects of these and related topics such as: 


• The secrets of Shakespeare’s success

• The most popular versus unpopular plays

• Ebbs and flows of Shakespeare’s reputation

• Role of politics / culture / globalization / gender in the spread of Shakespeare

• Negotiating past and present, local and global Shakespeares

• The metaphorics of the world and stage in Shakespeare’s time and ours

• Performing trends and the popularization of Shakespeare

• Critical theory and the promotion of Shakespeare Studies


Please send a 250 word abstract with a short bio-data by 15 May 2016 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Yukari Yoshihara (Secretary)

Asian Shakespeare Association




Panels for RSA 2017 in Chicago

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.115  Thursday, 7 April 2016


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

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 3:26:12 PM EDT

Subject:    Panels for RSA 2017 in Chicago


The Language of Reform

Renaissance Society of America

Chicago, 2017

Panel Sponsored by

Centre for Reformation and

Renaissance Studies

Call for Papers


Five hundred years ago, when Martin Luther drafted his ninety-five theses in Wittenberg, he disputed with Johan Tetzel in Latin. Almost immediately, however, Luther’s work of reformation leaped into vernacular German, helping, by some accounts, to standardize that language. Disputes and exhortations in the European age of reformation moved back and forth across linguistic barriers: from Latin into the vernaculars; from vernaculars into Latin; from one vernacular into another, with or without Latin mediation; and so on. 

The kinds of language used in reformation mattered: learned theological disputes in erudite academic registers jostled with popularizations and satirical and scatological jokes. Other kinds of languages were used and experienced pressures and transformations in response to reformation as well. The ways of making meaning in music underwent significant changes. Old iconographic “languages” were thrown out and replaced by new programmes of visual language or were revivified and transformed in the service of the Catholic reformation. 2017 seems an appropriate time to reconsider the language of reform from many angles. The sessions that the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies will sponsor in at the 2017 meeting of the RSA in Chicago will create a broad, interdisciplinary umbrella under which to gather papers that take up “language” and “reform,” broadly conceived. 


The organizers of these sessions solicit proposals for papers from every discipline represented at the Renaissance Society of America. Scholars of history, literature, art history, translation, musicology, church history, and others are invited to submit 500-word abstracts for 20-minute papers that take up the question, “What is the language of reform?” At least five interdisciplinary sessions will be organized around this question. The organizers hope that the discussions that arise from putting these papers in dialogue will create continued opportunities for considering the languages of reformation in the early modern period. By bringing together experts from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, our understanding of the many different kinds of languages used in early modern reform will be enhanced. Historians will learn from musicologists; art historians will learn from translators; literary historians will learn from ecclesiastical historians. Papers accepted for these sessions will be considered for inclusion in a special topics issue of the journal Reformation. The organizers hope to prepare another set of essays for a special topic in a second journal as well. 


Please submit abstracts to Andrew Fleck (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Mark Rankin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by April 22, 2016. Authors whose papers are selected for inclusion will hear from the organizers by May 16, 2016. Those not selected for inclusion will be encouraged to submit their proposals to the RSA for open sessions of the Chicago meeting of the conference.


Andrew Fleck

Associate Professor of English

University of Texas at El Paso

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Mark Rankin

Associate Professor of English

James Madison University

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Hamlet Tickets at the RSC, June 9, 7:15 pm

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.114  Wednesday, 6 April 2016


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

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 9:49:58 AM EDT

Subject:    Hamlet Tickets at the RSC, June 9, 7:15 pm


I have two tickets for Hamlet at the RSC, Stratford, on June 9, 7:15 pm, and I can’t make the show that night. They’re seats B48 and B49, second row center, on the aisle. (Pretty much the best seats in the house, at least if you have long legs like me; the front row is a bit cramped.) 


Since I’m an RSC member, I can return the tickets for a refund, but I thought that there might be some SHAKSPER member who lives in the area who would like to get a chance at a pair of good seats. The tickets are £55 each, and I’m obviously selling them at cost.







The Compendium of Renaissance Drama

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.113  Wednesday, 6 April 2016


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

Date:         April 6, 2016 at 7:25:09 AM EDT

Subject:    The Compendium of Renaissance Drama


CORD is a five-million-plus-word database featuring synoptic treatment of every extant play from the English stage to have been performed in English between 1486 and 1642. It includes interactive maps, illustrations, finding lists of persons and plays, a complete prosopography of every character to appear or be mentioned on the Renaissance English stage, a complete topographical dictionary of every place-name mentioned in the period drama, animated stemma of the British monarchs from the Conqueror to Charles I and another of the Julio-Claudian Emperors, comprehensive timelines of playhouses, playing companies, and playwrights, all inter-linked to the relevant play synopses.


My current project on the CORD is the creation of a searchable, chronological, fully linked version of Henslowe’s diary that features both the original and transliterated spellings. I expect to add it sometime in 2019.



You are invited


Dean Chris Jesperson welcomes you to an introduction of the Compendium of Renaissance Drama, a comprehensive collection of English Renaissance drama, painstakingly assembled by UNG Professor of English Dr. Brian Corrigan on Saturday, April 23rd, 5:00 in the evening, Dahlonega Campus Library Special Collections Room. RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: 706.864.1910 Reception to follow

Brian Jay Corrigan, J.D. Ph.D.

Senior Professor, Renaissance Literature

General Editor, The Compendium of Renaissance Drama

Georgia Author of the Year

Georgia Board of Regents Outstanding Professor of the Year




BSA Bulletin - April 2016

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.108  Friday, 1 April 2016


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

Date:         April 1, 2016 at 7:21:45 AM EDT

Subject:    BSA Bulletin - April 2016





New Honorary Fellows

The British Shakespeare Association is delighted to announce that its 2016 Honorary Fellowship Awards are to be given to Emeritus Professor Ann Thompson and to Emeritus Director and Co-Founder of the RSC John Barton. The BSA will be formally honouring Ann and John at the 2016 conference in Hull in a special event, more details of which will be announced shortly. Our full notice can be found here


BSA exclusive competition: win a pair of tickets to the World Book Night 2016 Gala Evening at the British Library


Courtesy of the British Library, we’re offering BSA members the chance to win tickets to a gala evening on Saturday 23rd April, 7pm-8.30pm, marking #Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death. Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love, will introduce World Book Night authors past and present, including Matt Haig, Dreda Say Mitchell, S J Parris, Holly Bourne and Sathnam Sanghera. 


To enter, simply visit www . hotticketoffers . com/competition/bsaworldbooknight and enter the code BSA. The competition closes on Thu 14 April at 5pm and the winner will be notified shortly after.



Disability and Shakespearean Theatre Symposium

Registration is now open for ‘Disability and Shakespearean Theatre’, a conference supported by the BSA, taking place at the University of Glasgow on 20 April 2016. The symposium will be followed by the premier of Molly Ziegler’s new play Let Her Come In, a one-act rewriting of Hamlet focused on mental illness, gender and disability. Attendance is FREE to BSA members in good standing. For the full schedule and to register, please visit the conference website.



BSA Journal – new articles

New articles published online this month include Kavita Mudan Finn’s essay on transformative fanworks based on Shakespeare’s history plays and several new reviews of Shakespeare productions in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Current members can subscribe to the journal – including the physical volume and full online access – at the heavily discounted price of £15. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details and missing volumes.

BSA Event Videos


Our website now hosts video recordings of BSA events. Members can currently watch the inauguration of Chris Grace and Dame Janet Suzman as honorary fellows of the association, complete with their reflections on their work with Shakespeare. A taster of the recording is available to all on the website, and members in good standing for the current year have been emailed a password for the full recording.

Teaching Shakespeare issue 9 now published Issue 9 of the BSA magazine Teaching Shakespeare was published last month. This issue includes a bumper noticeboard and royally ushers in the year with two articles on the Henry IV plays by Michael J. Collins and Howard Gold. Submissions for Issue 10 can be sent to the journal editor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Issue 9 can be downloaded from the BSA website.


Teaching Shakespeare: Call for contributions on Vietnamese Shakespeare


Dr Sarah Olive, chair of the BSA Education Committee and editor of Teaching Shakespeare, is seeking contributions focusing on Shakespeare in Vietnamese education. Anyone with experience of learning or teaching Shakespeare in Vietnam can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be part of this British Academy-funded project. For more information, see the full call on our website.



Preparing for Hull 2016

The BSA’s 2016 conference, ‘Shakespearean Transformations: Death, Life, and Afterlives’, takes place 8-11 September 2016 at the University of Hull. The conference will include a full education strand as well as an exciting range of concerts, performances, presentations and paper sessions. Registration for the conference will open soon, and all participants must be members of the BSA in good standing. Please visit the conference website for full details.



Bardolph’s Box: An Introduction to Shakespeare

The BSA is pleased to be supporting Up the Road Theatre's Bardolph’s Box, a theatre production designed by BSA member Nicola Pollard for children aged 8-12 and their families. This 40-minute piece, featuring a number of lesser-known plays and characters, finishes its tour of Kent and the North West in April. For more information, please see the company website.




We are pleased to advertise news and activities by our members and other Shakespeare associations. If you would like to advertise a Shakespeare-related activity, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Items below are not affiliated with or endorsed by the BSA – please use individual contact details for more information.


Julius Caesar actor training and performance in Sri Lanka

DUENDE & Stages Theatre Company invite you to attend ‘The Evil That We Do’, a fifteen-day, residential ensemble physical training course culminating in a public performance based on Julius Caesar, taking place in Sri Lanka in May. Fees (£350 for international visitors) include all accommodation and food. Applications are open to emerging and working performers from around the world. For more details, please visit the company website.



Shakespeare:Birmingham organises weekly gatherings / Shakespeare play readings at the Birmingham & Midland Institute in the centre of Birmingham (Tuesdays, 6.30-9.00pm) and monthly workshops aimed at increasing enjoyment of Shakespeare through any means possible! We are currently reading King Lear, all are welcome to attend. For details of meetings, please visit the website at http ://shakespearebirmingham . co . uk, which also lists all Shakespeare productions happening in the area.


Shakespeare’s Friends and Rivals, 9 April 2016, London Metropolitan Archives

Eva Griffith leads a day of theatre history and biography based around the Red Bull playhouse and the people who lived in the area. The day includes examinations of seventeenth-century documents, an actor-led exploration of new evidence surrounding the death of Shakespeare, a conversation with actor and director Sonia Ritter, and a walking tour around Clerkenwell. For more information and to book, please visit http ://www . evagriffith . com/ .


Metamorphosis at Senate House Library

Senate House Library is commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a season of activities running from 14 April to 17 December, including a free exhibition, a programme of events and a website with digital content and research resources. Based loosely on the ‘seven ages of man’ speech from As You Like It, the season will reflect the changes in Shakespearean text and scholarship over four centuries. For full details, please visit the website.’


Shakespeare’s Musical Brain, 16 April 2016, King’s College London

The Musical Brain is convening a special conference to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. ‘Shakespeare’s Musical Brain’ will include talks from academics, composers and neurologists, examining the relationship between words and music in aesthetic and scientific terms, and how it affects the relationship between actor and audience then as now. A limited number of student tickets are available at £35; full price £95. See the website for full details.


Call for Papers: Shakespeare in Latin America

The Institute of Literature at Universidad de los Andes (Santiago, Chile) is organising an international conference that will bring together scholars around the topic of the presence of his works within the Latin American canon, either in the existing tradition of translating his plays and poems by writers, poets, and academics, or in the re-writing and adaptation for performance. Abstracts are due 22 April 2016. For more information, please visit the conference website.


Bard by the Beach Shakespeare Festival in Morecambe

From 22-24 April, Morecambe will be hosting a major Shakespeare festival. Events include five adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, Shakespeare Comedy Dinner Theatre, a midnight screening of Theatre of Blood, workshops on acting and stage fighting, wine tastings, music from the Haffner Orchestra celebrating orchestral Shakespeare, a night of The Bard on Broadway, a puppet version of Forbidden Planet and even a historical and artisan market. For more details, please visit the website.


BBC Radio Lancashire celebrates Shakespeare

On Sunday 24th April, 7.30-9.30pm, Ted Robbins is your host as the Bard’s best bits, chosen by BBC Radio Lancashire’s presenters, are performed in a unique multimedia experience. The performance will take place in Hoghton Tower’s Great Barn, a suitable surrounding for the Bard’s works as we mark the 400th anniversary of his death. Tickets are £15 per person.


OCR GCSE English Conference 2016 

The GCSE English Conference 2016 will be held on 6 June at Shakespeare’s Globe. All teachers working with GCSE-level students are invited to attend a day of practical workshops, discussions and networking opportunities, including a keynote conversation with Kazuo Ishiguro. There is an early booking discount for payments received before 30 April. For more information, please visit the conference website.


The Merchant of Venice in Venice, 27-28 July

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust is organising a fundraising event in Venice to support its re-presentation of New Place. You are invited to attend a production of The Merchant of Venice in the Jewish ghetto (500 years old this year). Tickets (priced at £450) also include talks from Shakespeare experts and theatre practitioners, a three-course lunch at Locanda Cipriani, coffee and a drinks reception. For more information, or to reserve a place, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Call for Papers:  'Shakespeare and his contemporaries' Conference in Brazil

The 'VI Jornada de Estudos Shakespeareanos: Shakespeare e seus contemporâneos' will be held at Universidade de São Paulo (USP, São Paulo, 10-11 November 2016). Abstracts in English, Spanish or Portuguese are due 30 June 2016. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or jornadashakespeare . blogspot . com.


A Walk Around Shakespeare’s London

A Walk Around Shakespeare’s London is a self-guided walk that covers places that William Shakespeare lived and worked in London. Sites visited include The Theatre, The Curtain Theatre, Silver Street, Blackfriars and The Globe theatre. The website contains a downloadable route plan, or it can be used with a mobile device. The route also takes in a few other non-Shakespearean places of interest. The complete walk will take around three hours.


Shakespeare Documented online exhibition launched

Shakespeare Documented is a multi-institutional collaboration convened by the Folger Shakespeare Library to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. This free online exhibition constitutes the largest and most authoritative collection of primary-source materials documenting the life of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). It brings together images and descriptions of all known manuscript and print references to Shakespeare, his works, and additional references to his family, in his lifetime and shortly thereafter.


BBC Shakespeare Archive now available to UK schools

The BBC has recently launched the BBC Shakespeare Archive Resource. This new online resource provides schools, colleges and universities across the UK with access to hundreds of BBC television and radio broadcasts of Shakespeare’s plays, sonnets and documentaries about Shakespeare. The material includes the first British televised adaptations of Othello and Henry V, classic interviews with key Shakespearean actors including John Gielgud, Judi Dench and Laurence Olivier, and more than 1000 photographs of Shakespeare productions.




The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.107  Friday, 1 April 2016


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

Date:         March 14, 2016 at 2:23:49 PM EDT

Subject:    The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery


Published and available as PoD or e-book via my website. I can no longer bear to keep this discovery to myself. It is for the world. 


All best



I was walking through the grounds of the house where Shakespeare lived, New House, in Stratford, in a part of the garden where tourists rarely go, when I tripped and fell full length on the grass. As I lay there, I realized I could see into a broken drain, and inside it was a tiny waterproof bag, containing a manuscript. The bag was lying near the surface, dragged there, I suspect, by rats - there is evidence of chewing on some pages, and some water has got in, for some pages are discoloured. It was a previously unknown quarto edition of Hamlet, in which every word - apart from the character names - began with the letter H.


The text is now known to scholarship as the 'H Quarto'. . . . 



Hamlet Discovery:  pdf Hamlet Discovery text (4.18 MB)



Shakespeare in Venice - Summer School

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.092  Tuesday, 22 March 2016


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

Date:         March 22, 2016 at 11:04:44 AM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare in Venice - Summer School


Deadline approaching to participate in the 2nd Shakespeare in Venice Summer School


The Study Centre for Documentary Research into European Theatre and Opera presents an intensive two-week course of study exploring the text and contexts of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.


A rich program of lectures, workshops, excursions and guided tours held in the beautiful Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. This unique full-immersion experience will culminate in the attendance of the first production of The Merchant ever to be staged in the Jewish Ghetto, in the year of its quincentennial (1516-2016) and of Shakespeare's quatercentenary.


Faculty includes:

Jerry Brotton, David Bryant, Tom Cartelli, Fernando Cioni, Karin Coonrod, Tobias Döring, Paul Edmondson, Tibor Fabiny, Stephen Greenblatt, Diana Henderson, David Scott Kastan, Carol Chillington Rutter, David Schalkwyk, James Shapiro, Boika Sokolova, Stanley Wells


Directors: Maria Ida Biggi and Shaul Bassi


For information on how to participate: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Final Deadline for applications: 30th March 2016




REED/BBC Announcement

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 27.089  Monday, 21 March 2016


From:        Sally-Beth MacLean <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         March 21, 2016 at 10:05:12 AM EDT

Subject:    REED/BBC Announcement




The Records of Early English Drama (REED) project is pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership project with the BBC, the British Library and Dr Siobhan Keenan at Simon De Montfort University. The project is titled ‘Shakespeare on Tour’, involving the broadcast of over 200 stories across all BBC Local Radio stations and regional television in England and at Shakespeare on Tour includes stories that are all linked to specific places across the country as part of a season of BBC programming to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death in 1616.


This unique and ambitious broadcasting event will uncover surprising stories about where Shakespeare’s plays were performed, along with other iconic moments such as the first black actor to perform Shakespeare on the British stage, the rise of the female star and notable Shakespearean child actors It also charts locations where Shakespeare’s acting companies performed before 1642 -- a number of which survive to this day.


To help bring these stories to life, the BBC has been working closely with the British Library to unearth stories from their historic collection of theatre playbills relating to Shakespeare performances across the UK, and with the Records of Early English Drama.


Craig Henderson, Head of Programmes, BBC English Regions, said: ‘This unique project brings together on-going academic research as well as stories of Shakespeare performances told through original playbills from the late 18th century onwards. For audiences, this will create a rich collection of stories relating to locations of performances of Shakespeare’s work, starting with his own troupe of performers, to highlights from more recent times.


The stories reveal familiar places from all corners of the country in a new and fascinating light, places that we might drive or walk past every day without realising their historical resonance. Audiences will be able to discover factual details about their local town halls, pubs and private houses around the country where Shakespeare’s plays were performed; how much Shakespeare’s players were paid; and the project will travel forward from the late 16th century to track other iconic moments such as the first and controversial—appearance of black and female performers on stage.?


The stories are now available online at ( where they can be enjoyed for many years to come.


Circulated by Sally-Beth MacLean

REED Director of Research/General Editor




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