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Reviving the great Edmund Kean

20 March 2018

Edmund Kean as Shylock Who wouldn’t wish to have been able to experience the great Edmund Kean performing Shakespeare? He mesmerised his audiences and critic after critic tried...

Speaking Shakespeare in 2018

13 March 2018

Robert Lister The speaker at a recent meeting of the Shakespeare Club in Stratford-upon-Avon was actor Robert Lister. Never heard of him? Well Robert wouldn’t be hurt or surprised....

International Women’s Day 2018

8 March 2018

International Women’s Day logo On 8 March 2018 International Women’s Day is being celebrated around the world. This year seems particularly special as we mark the centenary...

Shakespeare in Italy 2018

28 February 2018

In Richard II, after his father, John of Gaunt, has told him to think positive about his banishment, Bolingbroke pours out his despair. How is it possible for imagination to turn bad...