The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0250  Friday, 15 June 2012


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

Date:         June 15, 2012 2:16:55 PM EDT

Subject:     Himself?


Is there an interesting reason why John Briggs thinks Sir Toby was played by Shakespeare himself?

Free Talks Around London Exhibition Begin Monday


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0249  Friday, 15 June 2012


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

Date:         Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:39 AM

Subject:     Free Talks Around London Exhibition Begin Monday


Mondays at 7pm in the theatre
followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition


June 18: 

John Schofield on St. Paul’s Cathedral Before Christopher Wren

St. Paul’s Cathedral was built to the design of English architect Sir Christopher Wren as part of a major rebuilding program following the 1666 Great Fire of London. However, Wren’s magnificent structure is only the most recent in a succession of Anglo-Saxon and medieval cathedrals on the site. Dr. John Schofield, the Cathedral Archaeologist for St. Paul’s Cathedral, will discuss how recent archaeological and historical research is now reconstructing the pre-Wren medieval cathedral. Reserve your seat.


July 9:
Ralph Alan Cohen on Blackfriars: “The Most Convenient Place”

Before it became synonymous with a theater, the Blackfriars was a London precinct at the nexus of the city, the church, and the court, ideally located at the intersection of London’s two rivers. Ralph Alan Cohen, Director of Mission and Co-Founder of the American Shakespeare Center which is home to a replica of the Blackfriars Playhouse, looks at how the place and the playhouse mirrored one another and made the Blackfriars the place to be and the place to be seen. Reserve your seat.


July 30:
David Schalkwyk and actors from Taffety Punk:
Readings from The Roaring Girl

Actors from DC’s Taffety Punk Theatre Company present a staged reading of excerpts of The Roaring Girl, a bold, brilliant play by Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker. The play was first produced in 1611 and was restaged famously in the 1980s by the Royal Shakespeare Company. David Schalkwyk, Folger’s Director of Research, talks about why this “city comedy” reveals so much about Jacobean London. Reserve your seat.


June 5–September 30: 

Open City: London, 1500–1700

Open City explores three everyday gathering places—church, theater, and market—and how they influenced the way in which Londoners formed communities, negotiated social relations, and understood their places in the world. 


201 East Capitol Street, SE  |  Washington, DC 20003


The Play’s the Thing 2012 Season


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0248  Friday, 15 June 2012


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

Date:          Friday, June 15, 2012 8:06 AM

Subject:     The Play’s the Thing 2012 Season


View it in your browser


Globe to Globe closed on 9 June to the sound of resounding applause that continues to echo around the theatre into the Season, The Play’s The Thing.  Dominic Dromgoole’s Henry V has already received 4 stars from the Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard. The Taming of the Shrew with Samantha Spiro as Katherine opens on 23 June. Rehearsals are underway for Richard III and many of this cast will also perform in the sold out Twelfth Night. Hamlet is currently on tour and As You Like It takes to the road next month.


For a different view of the Globe join us for a Midnight Matinee performance of Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew or As You Like It. Alternatively, relive your favourite moments of Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry VIII on DVD, now available from the Globe shop.



The Play’s The Thing


After the theatrical extravaganza of Globe to Globe, the 2012 Season, The Play’s The Thing continues with Dominic Dromgoole’s Henry V. The Season continues with The Taming of The Shrew, Richard III and Twelfth Night. Touring productions Hamlet and As You Like It will also make appearances at the Globe. 


Hamlet on tour


After a sell out show at the Globe, Hamlet continues to thrill audiences across the country. Catch it at a fabulous location near you as it heads to Cornwall, Cambridge, Oxford and across the UK.  Running the glorious gamut of pastoral romance, As You Like It takes to the road on 5th July. Opening at Margate it then makes its way around the UK, Denmark and Ireland.


[Editor’s Note: This Hamlet will make a brief appearance at the Folger Theatre. Subscribers get first crack at the tickets. I initially passed, but I decided that I would ask if anyone who saw the production in London thinks it worth the time and money? –Hardy]


Original Pronunciation (or, Shakespeare in Mummerset)


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0247  Friday, 15 June 2012


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

Date:         June14, 2012 4:47:17 PM EDT

Subject:     Original Pronunciation (or, Shakespeare in Mummerset)


[I should really be posting this on September 19, which is International Talk Like A Pirate Day]


I don’t think this has been previously mentioned here: earlier this year, the British Library released a CD: “Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation: Speeches and Scenes performed as Shakespeare would have heard them”. (That “would have” might not be the correct tense . . . )


This is the latest development in the “Original Pronunciation” movement, which is making steady (if painfully slow) progress (Shakespere’s Globe have been noticeably reluctant) – young people are apparently quite enthusiastic (but pirates are cool . . . ) Perhaps inevitably, this CD is a Crystal family production, with Ben Crystal taking the leading part (David Crystal has a bit part as the Fourth Plebeian in Julius Caesar, Act 3.)


This is essential listening (American listeners may be baffled by track 1, which is Sonnet 116 “in modern English”) – and it is available from Amazon.


I have to confess that I was slightly underwhelmed - I thought I heard more emphasis on accent (a generalised Mummerset) than on pronunciation. There is one glorious inauthenticity – the female parts are taken by women rather than by boys (but that is a whole other can of worms . . . )


John Briggs


Call for Papers: “Hammering It Out”


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0246  Friday, 15 June 2012


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

Date:         June 15, 2012 11:13:31 AM EDT

Subject:     Call for Papers: “Hammering It Out” 


Call for Papers


“Hammering It Out”: Shakespeare and Cognitive Reading(s)


44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)


March 21-24, 2013

Boston, Massachusetts

Host Institution: Tufts University


Whether in his frequent use of soliloquies, on-stage debates, or vivid metaphorical imagery, Shakespeare dramatizes cognitive processes employed by stage characters; e.g., as imprisoned Richard II notes, “I’ll hammer it out. / My brain I’ll prove the female to my soul, / My soul the father; and these two beget / A generation of still-breeding thoughts” (Richard II 5.5.5-8). We are now more than six decades in to what Howard Gardner has termed the “cognitive revolution,” yet one of its pioneering practitioners in Shakespeare studies, Mary Thomas Crane, recently noted that “cognitive approaches are still not part of the mainstream of literary and cultural criticism” – because the approach does not lend itself to the production of self-contained “readings” or “interpretations” of texts (Representations 108 [Fall 2009], 76). Is this true? This panel invites short (fifteen-minute) paper presentations exploring the theoretical impact, or demonstrating the methodological efficacy, of cognitive approaches to Shakespeare. Presenters may present their own original research findings on individual plays or non-dramatic poems, or engage in a meta-critical survey of the place of cognitive theories in Shakespeare studies today.


Deadline for Abstracts: September 30, 2012


Please send proposals (paper or electronic) to:


Dr. Phil Collington

Associate Professor of English

Dunleavy Hall

5795 Lewiston Road

Niagara University, NY 14109

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


Please include with your abstract:


Name and Affiliation

Email address

Postal address

Telephone number

A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)


The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association’s tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history, academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings, film screenings, tours and workshops.


Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.



Subscribe to Our Feeds


Make a Gift to SHAKSPER

Consider making a gift to support SHAKSPER.