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A statue for Aphra Behn in Canterbury

Aphra Behn. Engraving based on Peter Lely’s portrait The city of Canterbury has many literary connections. It’s the end-point for Chaucer’s pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales, the setting for the murder of Thomas a Becket as dramatized by TS Eliot...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 30 Jun 2022

The Princes in the Tower: new evidence

John Everett Millais, The Princes in the Tower Shakespeare’s play Richard III has always been one of his most popular dramas. And no wonder: it features a compelling protagonists in a great story. Many people accept Shakespeare’s version of the history...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 17 Jun 2022

VIDEO: Wing Foundation Lecture on the History of the Book (Newberry Library)

I was honored to deliver the Wing Foundation Lecture on the History of the Book at the Newberry Library on March 3, 2022. The event took place in person after two years of virtual events. I’m grateful to Jill Gage, Custodian of the John M. Wing Foundation...

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Cambridge Elements in Shakespeare and Text

Image courtesy of Aaron T. Pratt, Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin). Along with my co-editor Rory Loughnane (University of Kent), I am delighted to invite proposals for Cambridge...

SHAKESPEARE / TEXT: Contemporary Readings in Textual Studies, Editing, & Performance

One of the great highlights of the difficult last few years was editing Shakespeare / Text, a collection of twenty agenda-setting essays about the study and use of the Shakespearean text over time and in our time. The collection was published in 2021...

A Winter’s Tale (Scene Individible) @ The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

It’s perhaps inevitable that a company based in Stratford-upon-Avon – a town plagued with living statues – would end up producing a play with two of them. Scene Individible’s company-devised A Winter’s Tale, created in response to a brief to...
From: The Bardathon on 10 Jun 2022

Music and dancing for Queen Elizabeth

Buttercups in a Warwickshire field. By Phil Mills We’re just reaching the end of the merry month of May, and about to embark on a weekend of celebrations for the Platinum Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. Events, many of...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 31 May 2022

Henry VIII @ Shakespeare’s Globe

This review is of a preview performance. Amy Hodge’s Henry VIII is the first major mounting of Shakespeare and Fletcher’s play since Six: The Musical, in an era that has also seen a Black woman play Anne Boleyn on television, Thomas Cromwell become...
From: The Bardathon on 21 May 2022

Mr. Kean as Othello

 In this image, a full-length image of Edmund Kean as Othello constructed from parts of a print or prints while his costume and hat and their trimming are cut from satin cloth with additional decorated paper trimming and small metal buttons. This image...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 20 May 2022

As You Like It (Northern Broadsides) @ Leeds Playhouse

‘Time travels in diverse paces with diverse persons’, announced Rosalind (EM Williams), pausing pointedly on the word ‘diverse’. The emphasis on diversity in relation to time aligned with designer E. M. Parry’s interest in the programme note...
From: The Bardathon on 19 May 2022

Irish Renaissance Seminar – online Sat. 21st May

24th meeting of the IRS online from University College CorkSaturday 21st May 2022 “Early modern families on the page, stage, and screen” 1.30pm          Social for postgraduates and early career researchers led by Anna...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 17 May 2022

Celebrating Gregory Doran and Sir Antony Sher

Gregory Doran at the Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations 23 April 2022 The day before Shakespeare’s Birthday, 22 April 2022, Gregory Doran announced that he was standing down from his post as Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 15 May 2022

The Wars of the Roses (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

In the foyers of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Jack Cade’s face stared out from wanted posters. As the production itself began, Aaron Sidwell’s rebel stumbled across the stage, followed by the roaring mob who Clifford and Buckingham had earlier sent...
From: The Bardathon on 29 Apr 2022

Henry VI: Rebellion (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The unique problem facing any stand-alone production of Henry VI, Part 2 is the suspended ending. Other plays that are part of a sequence – 3 Henry VI, 1 Henry IV, for instance – still manage to reach a point of conclusion or at least pause; 2 Henry...
From: The Bardathon on 28 Apr 2022

Happy 458th Birthday William Shakespeare

21st century William Shakespeare A little late, I’m posting some photographs from the Parade on 23 April 2022, at Shakespeare Birthday Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon. There was a particularly celebratory feel to this event as people came together...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 27 Apr 2022

Shakespeare’s Come Home – the story completed

The restored statue is revealed On Friday 22 April 2022 the project to restore the 1769 statue of Shakespeare to the Town Hall was finally completed. I wrote recently about the process of conservation and placing the statue back in place. The money to...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 24 Apr 2022

30 days of my favorites, day 23

Sonnet 29William ShakespeareWhen, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,I all alone beweep my outcast state,And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,And look upon myself and curse my fate,Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,Featured like...
From: The Seacoast of Bohemia on 23 Apr 2022

Henry V (Donmar Warehouse) @ Broadway Cinema via NT Live

In a pre-show interview that served as paratext to the NT Live broadcast of the Donmar’s Henry V, Kit Harington spoke candidly about his own experience of addiction and recovery. His substance use, at a time when his global fame was at a peak, reflected...
From: The Bardathon on 23 Apr 2022

Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) @ BBC iPlayer

Roy Alexander Weise’s Much Ado about Nothing is a landmark RSC production in several respects. It’s the first full-scale main-stage production directed by a Black director at the RSC (in 2022!), and the first ‘repeat’ production to interrupt...
From: The Bardathon on 21 Apr 2022

Romeo and Juliet (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

This review is of a preview production, and may not reflect the production as of press night. In January 2022, Brandon Carter became the third artistic director of the American Shakespeare Center, and the first to be a core part of the acting company....
From: The Bardathon on 27 Feb 2022

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This search feature has a number of purposes:

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The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

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I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.