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...Year of Release: 2016 A storm at sea brings love into the life of Prince Pericles; another snatches it away. The Stratford Festival’s magical production of Shakespeare’s epic tale follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one...
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...The Liar by Pierre Corneille, translated by Richard Wilbur. Directed by Martin Jarvis. In this classic farce, a young man pretends to be a war hero to impress a pretty girl. As his lies progress, so do his troubles – with hilarious results....

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Paul Menzer

Paul Menzer is Associate Professor and the Director of the Shakespeare and Performance graduate programme at Mary Baldwin College, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Anecdotal Shakespeare : A New Performance History

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2015

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...Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Actually, don’t, because you probably have. Back in the 1950s, two English actors named Robert Newton and Wilfrid Lawson were appearing in Richard III at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith...

Shakespeare in Love: ‘A female evil’

Graham Holderness

Graham Holderness is Professor of English at the University of Hertfordshire, author or editor of numerous studies in early modern and modern literature and drama, and General Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Survey. He is also a creative writer, novelist and award-winning poet. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Nine Lives of William Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...We now come to an episode in the Shakespeare biography for which there is no historical or documentary evidence whatsoever. This concerns his relationship, if there was any, with the notorious ‘Dark Lady of the Sonnets.’ ‘She’ exists only...

‘Ancient English’: Shakespeare’s language

Ayanna Thompson

Ayanna Thompson is Professor of English at George Washington University. She is the co-author with Laura Turchi of Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach (2016), and the author of Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (2011) and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (2008). She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello, and is the editor of Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (2010) and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (2006). Professor Thompson is the President Elect of the Shakespeare Association of America. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Laura Turchi

Laura Turchi is Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Houston, USA Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Teaching Shakespeare With Purpose : A Student-Centred Approach

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...When we surveyed American secondary teachers about what worries them most about teaching Shakespeare, they overwhelmingly indicated that it is Shakespeare’s language. We asked teachers to list the ‘Challenges Involved in Teaching...

‘As Dirty as Smithfield and as Stinking Every Whit’: The Smell of the Hope Theatre

The Arden Shakespeare Library : Shakespeare’s Theatres and the Effects of Performance

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2014

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...Though few modern adaptations stage it, Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew begins with an induction scene. Much debate surrounds the quarto and folio versions of this play. The quarto version does not include act or scene numbers...

Shakespeare in Love: ‘Fair Friend’

Graham Holderness

Graham Holderness is Professor of English at the University of Hertfordshire, author or editor of numerous studies in early modern and modern literature and drama, and General Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Critical Survey. He is also a creative writer, novelist and award-winning poet. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Nine Lives of William Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...We do not know, therefore, whether or not Shakespeare loved his wife. We do know, on the other hand, that he did make a written declaration of ‘love’ to a beautiful and bisexual male aristocrat, Henry Wriothsley, the Earl of Southampton...

‘Most Retrograde to Our Desire’: Translating Recusant Identity in Hamlet

Shakespeare and the Translation of Identity in Early Modern England

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...[The Earl of Derby] Desires that the course begun may be continued; good has already been wrought, by the men being for the most part conformable. Secret and church Papists, being men of ability, are the only dangerous people; asks...

‘No epilogue, I pray you’: Audience reception in Shakespearean theatre

1616: Shakespeare and Tang Xianzu’s China

Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016

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...In Tanya Pollard’s essay on audience reception in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare, she argues that records of audience responses in this period come from extreme ends of the spectrum, what she calls ‘anti-theatricalists’ and theatre...

‘Suppose the singing birds musicians’: Birdsong

Christopher R. Wilson

Christopher R.Wilson is Professor in the Department of Music at the University of Hull, UK. He has published on English music/words topics from the late medieval period to the 20th century. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Shakespeare’s Musical Imagery

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

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...Commentators on music in Shakespeare seem reluctant to discuss birdsong, almost without exception. Peggy M. Simonds , Myth, Emblem, and Music...