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A new source for Shakespeare’s plays?

12 February 2018

A page from the newly-discovered manuscript It’s always exciting when someone claims to have made a new discovery relating to Shakespeare and the writing of his plays. The sources...

Women and suffrage in Shakespeare’s Stratford

9 February 2018

Elisabeth Scott In the UK we’re currently celebrating the 100th anniversary, on 6 February 1918, of the Representation of the People Act by which at least some women were granted...

18: The Year of Macbeth

1 February 2018

Anne-Marie Duff and Rory Kinnear in the National Theatre’s Macbeth Macbeth is known as Shakespeare’s unluckiest play. For generations it has been referred to by the superstitious...

Remembering John Barton, teacher and mentor

25 January 2018

Richard Pasco as Richard II, RSC 1973 In the days since his death on 18 January 2018, tributes have flooded in for theatre director John Barton. He was invited to help form the RSC...