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Easter at Anne Hathaway’s in lockdown

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Describing Easter, Nicholas Breton in Fastasticks wrote “There is mirth and job where there is health and liberty…I conclude it is a day of much delightfulness: the sun’s dancing day and the Earth’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 12 Apr 2020

Winter stories at Charlecote

Charlecote Park in the snow December isn’t the coldest month of the year, but it’s the darkest, with days getting progressively shorter most of the month. Earlier this week I visited Charlecote Park, the stately home near Stratford-upon-Avon,...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 4 Dec 2015

Love, whose month is ever May

Mayday has long been celebrated as the real beginning of spring, marking the return of life after the cold and dark of winter. Nicholas Breton, writing in Fantasticks, describes the pleasures of the month: “It is now May, and the sweetness...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 4 May 2015

Harvest time in Shakespeare’s England

A detail from Breughel’s The Hay Harvest For once the English summer hasn’t let us down and until the last few days we’ve enjoyed weeks of fine, warm weather. August is harvest-time. In The Tempest, Shakespeare writes of the “sunburnt...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 11 Aug 2014

Juliet’s birthday: Shakespeare and Lammas-tide

Francesca Annis as Juliet and Marie Kean as the Nurse, Romeo and Juliet, RSC 1976 Lammas Day, 1 August, was an important day in the calendar, but for Shakespeare-lovers Lammas Eve, 31 July, is the more significant because it was the day of Juliet’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 31 Jul 2013

Shakespeare’s blasts of January

When icicles hang by the wall And Dick the shepherd blows his nail And Tom bears logs into the hall And milk comes frozen home in pail, When blood is nipp’d and ways be foul, Then nightly sings the staring owl . Tu-whit; Tu-who, a merry note, While...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 3 Jan 2013

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