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King Charles III, Shakespeare, and coronations

5 May 2023

We are as sure as we can be that Shakespeare experienced the coronation of King James 1. In his pamphlet The Time Triumphant Gilbert Dugdale described the triumphal procession in London...

Thomas Hardy inspired by Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon

15 February 2023

Thomas Hardy On 14 February 2023 the members of the Shakespeare Club of Stratford-upon-Avon met for a real treat of a lecture. Roger Pringle, former director of the SBT, and for many...

Hilary Mantel

24 September 2022

Hilary Mantel 2022 On Thursday 22 September 2022 the great British writer Hilary Mantel died unexpectedly. The many tributes have spoken about her gifts as a writer, about her intelligence,...

“The long day’s task is done, and we must sleep”

8 September 2022

Buckingham Palace on the evening Queen Elizabeth 11 died. With the death of Queen Elizabeth II today, 8 September 2022, we’re now going to live through something that few British...