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Paris-based journalist Carolina Rosendorn asked Shakespeare Magazine’s Editor Pat Reid three brief questions about tourism in the Bard’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. His response was a 2,000-word sprawl of sightseeing tips – and unabashed Shakespearean fan worship.

Interview by Carolina Rosendorn        Photos by Emma Wheatley Do you consider yourself a Shakespeare fan? Why? What do you love about his work? Please feel free to elaborate as much as you want. PAT REID: "Yes, I do consider myself a … [Read More...]


Shakespeare’s Sisters! With cover stars Harriet Walter, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo and Margaret Atwood, Shakespeare Magazine 12 is our biggest and best issue ever!

Happy New(ish) Year, Bard fans – Shakespeare Magazine 12 is here! Shakespeare’s Sisters is the theme of Shakespeare Magazine 12. Meet our fabulous and forthright cover stars: Harriet Walter Judi Dench Sophie Okonedo and Margaret Atwood All of whom speak with great authority, insight and wit about their adventures with the Bard. Also this issue, […]


“Where am I going to get a human skull?” On being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, musical legend Bob Dylan turns to William Shakespeare and Hamlet for some characteristically shrewd comparisons

Speech by Bob Dylan given by Azita Raji, US Ambassador to Sweden, at the Nobel Banquet on 10 December 2016. Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to the members of the Swedish Academy and to all of the other distinguished guests in attendance tonight. I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, […]


Destination Shakespeare is the debut volume of poetry from globe-trotting Stratford-upon-Avon Bard scholar Paul Edmondson

Shakespeare Magazine Editor Pat Reid writes: If you’re in need of a last-minute Christmas gift for the Shakespeare fan in your life – even if it’s yourself – then I think I may have the answer: Destination Shakespeare, a slim volume of poems by Paul Edmondson. Poems on the subject of Shakespeare – as opposed to […]


Indiana’s University of Notre Dame staged a record-breaking summer 2016 production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest – featuring a real-life aerialist as Ariel and a world-class juggler as Trinculo

Photographs by Matt Cashore for Notre Dame Magazine. The summer production of The Tempest at the University of Notre Dame’s professional theatre broke all records for the Festival’s 17-year history It was directed by West Hyler, who served as Staging Director for Cirque-du-Soleil’s first-ever Broadway production, Paramour. Prospero was Nick Sandys, Artistic Director for Chicago’s prestigious Remy […]

Henry IV

Photo Essay: One of the stars of the acclaimed Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy, multi-talented Jade Anouka talks us through an action-packed gallery of images by photographer Helen Maybanks

Images by Helen Maybanks Jade Anouka as Hotspur in Henry IV. “This is actually during a scene change in Henry IV. Karen Dunbar live DJs throughout the show. But she is in the next scene so I take over the decks at this point.” Jade as Ariel in The Tempest. “During the song ‘Come Unto […]


Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey, the iconic stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s classic 1968 Romeo and Juliet film, were reunited this week for one magical night of cinema history

Images by Jared Cowan On Tuesday 6th December at the historic Aero Theatre in Santa Monica (Los Angeles), Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey – Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet – were reunited. Surprisingly, this was the first time they had ever done a post-screening Q&A together. People had flown in from around the US and even […]

Tamar Beruchashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to the UK

“Could Shakespeare’s Cymbeline have been influenced by Rustaveli, the national poet of Georgia?” was the question asked in a packed lecture room at London’s Royal Asiatic Society

As the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death is celebrated around the world, Georgia has been marking the 850th anniversary of Shota Rustaveli, a medieval poet whose writing helped preserve his country’s unique language. Over the centuries, the fiercely proud nation of Georgia has fought to maintain its independence during domination by Persians, Turks, the Russian […]

Stanley Wells Investiture

Eminent Shakespeare scholar Professor Stanley Wells receives knighthood from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace

Picture credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Stanley Wells, Honorary President of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, received his knighthood from HRH the Prince of Wales in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday 18 November. Professor Sir Stanley Wells CBE, to give him his full official title, was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of […]