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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 … [Read More...]

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A new psychological survey by dating site eHarmony has identified Shakespeare’s most compatible couple – and you’ll never guess who it is!

All due apologies to Juliet, but a new psychological study suggests that her star-crossed lover Romeo would have lived happily ever after with Fairy Queen Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most compelling romances of all time. But detailed psychological profiling shows that finding love with Titania – […]

My Week With Marilyn

For nearly three decades, Kenneth Branagh has been bringing the Bard to the big screen: has he earned the title of Shakespearean Auteur?

Auteurs are filmmakers whose personal influence and artistic control are so great that, despite the collaborative process of moviemaking, we recognize them as the authors of their films. Auteurs you may have heard of include Charlie Chaplin, John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee and Quentin Tarantino. What about filmmakers who consistently work within […]

Issue 11 Cover

Hail to the Bard! The shiny new-look Shakespeare Magazine 11 is adorned with a simply stunning cover image of rising young stars Lily James and Richard Madden in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

It’s here! Please, read, enjoy and share far & wide the completely free delight that is Shakespeare Magazine 11! The shiny new-look Shakespeare Magazine 11 is adorned with a simply stunning cover image of rising young stars Lily James and Richard Madden in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet. Head straight to page 6 to discover […]

Titania (Jillian Russ) in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Balmoral Beach, 2015.

Sun, sand, sea and Shakespeare make for a winning combination in Sydney for Bard on the Beach Australia

A trip to the beach is not something generally associated with Shakespeare. In Sydney, however, the combination of a balmy summer’s evening, waves lapping the shore and champagne corks popping is the soundscape of Bard On The Beach Australia. Bard on the Beach is now in its sixth year, with the Balmoral band rotunda on Sydney’s north […]

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Last month, stage veteran Timothy West played a King Lear at the mercy of powerful women in Bristol Old Vic’s production of Shakespeare’s most brutal tragedy

Bristol Old Vic photographs by Simon Annand and Jack Offord A new chapter for the Bristol Old Vic theatre has begun as it opens up its back stage spaces to house a temporary bar and box office, whilst the front of house and studio theatre undergo extensive renovations. The audience is now invited into the […]

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Visitors to Paris can find a perfect English Shakespeare experience (with French subtitles) in this idyllic garden setting

Photo Credits: Tower Theatre Company / Ruth Anthony It’s hard to believe that it took the world’s best-selling author 200 years to conquer France. And yet, William Shakespeare’s plays were only properly staged in Paris from the 19th century when, after some rudimentary musical adaptations of his comedies, his tragedies finally triumphed in the city’s theatres. […]

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A feast of fairies and fun in Forest Park as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream charms St. Louis, Missouri with colour, comedy and music

Images by J. David levy Helena and Lysander St. Louis, Missouri is perhaps best known for the Gateway Arch, baseball and high crime rates – lesser remarked upon is its ever-growing artistic vibrancy. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is an example of that fervor, bringing theatrical magic to the schools and streets of the city. Oberon […]

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Saturday 23 April 2016 saw Stratford-upon-Avon’s annual Shakespeare Parade celebrate not only the 452nd birthday of the Bard but also the 400th anniversary of his death

Naturally, Shakespeare Magazine’s Stratford-upon-Avon correspondent Emma Wheatley was on hand to record the festivities in words and images… The crowds gathered in the town centre as a funeral bell tolled and a floral tribute was carried on a wheeled bier. Escorted by four masked characters evoking comedy and tragedy, the tribute was placed in front of […]