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Dickens and the theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Dickens in 1842 Nineteenth-century novelist Charles Dickens is particularly associated with the festive season. His “little Christmas book” A Christmas Carol was published in 1843 and with its larger than life characters, dramatic plot and...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 30 Nov 2019

Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor – Cork Shakespearean Company

[info from Cork Arts Theatre webpage] Weds. 1st May – Sat. 4th May, produced by the Cork Shakespearean Company in the Cork Arts Theatre, directed by Raymond Brothers and Mike Keep and produced by Kieran O’Leary. Celebrating their 95th...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 29 Apr 2019

Mothers of self-invention

I issued the usual complaint to my wife: “I don’t know what to write about.” Henry VIII was in the books but no inspiration was coming to me. I had come down with a bad case of PPMD: Post-play Moping Disorder. Symptoms include: writer’s...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 14 Mar 2017

The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor By James Cappio Falstaff Besieged by Fairies Overshadowed by the two parts of Henry IV, The Merry Wives of Windsor starts off unpromisingly. Writers’ manuals always warn fledgling writers not to...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 3 Dec 2016

Shakespeare and the Welsh “Upon St Davy’s day”

Sam Cox and Pistol and Brendan O’Hea as Fluellen at Shakespeare’s Globe. Photo by John Haynes Every first of March the Welsh celebrate St David’s Day. Shakespeare was well aware of this: in Henry V the Welsh Captain Fluellen says to...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 1 Mar 2016

The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Royal Library

The title page of the First Quarto of The Merry Wives of Windsor The story that Shakespeare wrote The Merry Wives of Windsor in response to a request from Queen Elizabeth to see Falstaff in love goes back a long way. In the prologue to his 1702 adaptation...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 20 Feb 2016

Pumpkins and cabbages: vegetables in Shakespeare’s Windsor

At the end of the growing season the shops are full of produce, with onions, pumpkins and other vegetables in store for the winter. As the harvest hymn has it, “all is safely gathered in /ere the winter storms begin”. In a lovely little book...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 3 Nov 2015

Shakespeare’s World in 100 Objects, Number 98, a glovers pairing knife

Today’s blog is by Dr Elizabeth Sharrett who was awarded her PhD recently at the Shakespeare Institute! Mistress Quickly: Does he not wear a great round beard like a glover’s paring-knife? The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1.4.18-19 A glover’s pairing...
From: Finding Shakespeare on 25 Sep 2014

Two American Shakespeareans: James Hackett, father and son

James K Hackett The Royal Shakespeare Theatre contains a little memorial that has always interested me. Just by the fountain at the base of the spiral staircase is a plaque dedicated to The American actor James K Hackett, 1869-1926, “a generous...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 13 Aug 2014

Fact or fiction: Shakespeare at Charlecote

E W Haslehust’s painting of the gatehouse at Charlecote House There are many legends about Shakespeare’s life, but none is more compelling than that linking him with Charlecote Park, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Local historian Dr Robert Bearman...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 3 Mar 2014

Back to School with Shakespeare

Teaching Shakespeare makes teachers happy! Eager participants at the Folger Shakespeare Library Elementary Educators Conference, June 24, 2013. Photo courtesy of Ken Ludwig. A Horse With Wings and other songs for children sung by characters from ShakespeareWords...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 4 Oct 2013

Comic artists with a sense of Shakespeare’s poetry: Des Barrit and George R Weir

The RSC’s current production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, featuring Des Barrit as Falstaff This week I finally caught up with the RSC’s joyful production of The Merry Wives of Windsor. It was the company’s grown-up Christmas extravaganza...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 9 Jan 2013

The legend of Herne’s Oak

Robert Smirke’s painting of Falstaff and the Wives at Herne’s Oak The Merry Wives of Windsor is set in the depth of winter, the season Shakespeare associates with eating, drinking, telling stories, singing, and practical jokes. It’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 17 Dec 2012

Shakespeare For Fear of Death 2

Photo: The Guardian“England. Be it known that William Shakspere, Francis Langley, Dorothy Soer wife of John Soer, and Anne Lee, for fear of death…”. King’s Bench, Controlment Roll, Michaelmas Term 1596, K.B. 29/234: In the England of 1596...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 23 Nov 2012

Shakespeare For Fear of Death 1

In Shakespeare versus Shallow (1931), Leslie Hotson wrote that if you wanted to look for new facts about William Shakespeare’s life then you should not “turn to the standard biographies for nourishment” as these were not about research but were...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 22 Nov 2012

How did they (rehearse) for Merry Wives of Windsor

    The Swan Theatre We know relatively little about rehearsal practice in Shakespeare’s theatre. The drawing of The Swan Theatre made by De Witt which I have show above tantalisingly shows no audience so one is tempted to imagine we see a...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 31 Oct 2012

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