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Shakespeare at Warwick

April 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death in 1616. To celebrate this quadricentennial, we've compiled a list of all things Shakespeare going on at Warwick, from anniversary celebrations to research, student societies to learning opportunities and much more...


Warwick PhD researcher Sita Thomas and students from Campion College, Jamaica, winners of the Jamaican Shakespeare Schools Championship © Sita ThomasTony HowarrdBritish Black and Asian Shakespeare (BBA Shakespeare)

British Black and Asian Shakespeare is a three-year research and outreach project lead by Professor Tony Howard. This groundbreaking project records, documents and celebrates the contribution of Black and Asian artists - especially performers - to the development of Shakespearean production in modern Britain, from 1930 to 2012. Everything you need to know about British Black and Asian Shakespeare can be found in this Performance Database, which is the outcome of the research project.

Earlier this year, the team, in collaboration with the Centre for Global Shakespeare, showcased their research at the Tricycle Theatre in London, which you can catch up with here. Professor Howard is showcasing his work as one of the collaborators for the British Library Shakespeare exhibition 'Shakespeare in Ten Acts', which runs until September 2016.

Professor Carol RutterSounds of Shakespeare: Landmark - The Winter's Tale

Professor Carol Rutter appeared on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking show on Wednesday 27th April as Matthew Sweet discussed Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. Professor Rutter appeared on Matthew's pannel alongside actor Samuel West, and scholar Michael Dobson in Stratford-upon-Avon in the Radio 3 pop-up studio at the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Other Place theatre, as part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare season. You can listen to the Free Thinking episode on iPlayer now.

Paul PrescottCelebrating Shakespeare in Cardiff

The British Council and Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff are celebrating Shakespeare's quadricentennial with a number of events, two of which feature Warwick Shakespeareans Dr Paul Prescott and Professor Carol Rutter. On 24th April, Dr Prescott chaired a discussion entitled 'How does the translation and adaptation of Shakespeare's works keep him alive for us today?' focusing on Akira Kurosawa's adaptation of Hamlet, Ran, which you can listen to here, on SoundCloud. Professor Carol Rutter chairs 'Women and Cross-Casting in Shakespeare' on Sunday 1st May, focusing on Hamlet starring Maxine Peake.

Shakespeare Live! From The RSC ... at the Warwick Arts Centre

On the evening of Saturday 23rd April, we hosted a streaming of Shakespeare Live!, a two-hour event marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Hosted by David Tennant on Shakespeare’s birthday, and screened live from Stratford-upon-Avon, this star-studded show celebrated Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy.

WBS Shakespeare
400 years on - why business needs Shakespeare today

As the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, academics from Warwick Business School explain how the Bard is relevant for business, leadership, creativity and much more.

ShakespeareShakespeare's birthplace - right on our doorstep!

Find out what our first year Mathematics student blogger Emily Wolfenden got up to when she spent Shakespeare's anniversary weekend in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

itunesu_shakespeare.jpgWarwick Shakespeare on iTunes U

We've got an array of Shakespeare films available to download on iTunes in the iTunes U collections. The Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Shakespeare Collection is a compendium of films about the life and times of Stratford's most famous son. With unique access to the Trust's library and archives, the houses associated with Shakespeare and exhibitions created by their experts, this series is a fantastic opportunity to explore some of the much-debated issues surrounding arguably the world's greatest poet and author of plays. In Shakespeare Found, Professor Stanley Wells, Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and one of the world’s leading experts on Shakespearean studies, talks to former Warwick student Harriet Birchall about the discovery of a portrait of William Shakespeare, which he believes is almost certainly the only authentic image of Shakespeare made from life.

skull.jpgDiscover our Global Shakespeare Research Centre

Recognising that Shakespeare belongs to no single language or culture, no particular historical period or medium, the Global Shakespeare Research Centre has a range of research projects and activities which seek to explore Shakespeare's place in in a globalised world. Our Global Shakespeare MA, delivered in partnership with Queen Mary University of London, provides a unique opportunity to experience postgraduate life with two world-leading institutions with strong expertise in the fields of Shakespeare, Renaissance studies, performance and modern languages. On this course you’ll find yourself at the centre of a unique initiative to engage with, critique, and develop ideas of globalisation, interdisciplinarity and translation that inform a new approach to the study of Shakespeare.

Indian Shakespeares on ScreenIndian Shakespeares on Screen

From 27- 30 April 2016, a festival of talks, screenings, workshops and Indian Shakespeare movie memorabilia will take place at Asia House and the BFI Southbank in London. Dr Preti Taneja, a Research Fellow at the Global Shakespeare Research centre, is one of four academics hosting the event which will celebrate the fascinating history of Shakespeare in the largest film industry in the world. Meet some of India’s most exciting directors and scriptwriters, hear from leading scholars and find out about Film London and Cinestaan’s new project: The Hungry, a re-imagining of Titus Andronicus set in contemporary Mumbai set to be released later this year.

Join a new MOOC - Shakespeare and his World

Interested in Shakespeare? How much do we know about the Bard's cultural background and influences and why his works have endured? To get a real sense of how Shakespeare’s world would have actually looked and felt, join renowned Shakespearean academic Professor Jonathan Bate as he explores the acclaimed collections of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in our latest Future Learn MOOC, Shakespeare and his World.

BoydellBoydell's Vision
A new exhibition at Compton Verney, divised by Warwick's Dr Rosie Dias, Associate Professor of History of Art, and created in conjunction with Shakespeare in Art: Tempests, Tyrants and Tragedy, will trace the history of John Boydell’s famous Shakespeare Gallery which opened in 1789 on London’s Pall Mall. The Shakespeare Gallery was the first thematic public exhibition of its time and also the first devoted to the Bard. Boydell's Vision includes paintings and prints by the artists commissioned by Boydell, as well as a recent digital reconstruction of The Shakespeare Gallery as it looked in 1796.
Stage Door signShakespeare on the Road

This collaborative project led by Warwick's Dr Paul Prescott, Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and AJ and Melissa Leon (Misfits-Inc) celebrated the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth by touring fourteen North American Shakespeare festivals in 60 days over the summer of 2014. Find out what happenned 'on the road'.

Sidelights on ShakespeareDiscover Shakespeare in an academic setting

Sidelights on Shakespeare is an Interdisciplinary Seminar Series run for English and Comparative Literary studies postgraduates, but welcomes all staff and students at Warwick to its termly seminars. From shoehorning Shakespeare into genre studies in A level literature, to exploring the links between King Lear, Twitter, and The Da Vinci Code, there are lively debates to get all who are interested in Shakespeare talking!

Shakespeare SocietyStudents' Union - ShakeSoc

Members of Warwick's SU Shakespeare Society, ShakeSoc, love the Bard and are dedicated to celebrating his works in any way they can. Although it's a young society, members have already put on eight full scale productions, a mini tour, held workshops and weekend shows and run three successful Shakespeare weeks to celebrate the late and great's birthday.

ma_drama_and_theatre_education.jpgMA Drama and Theatre Education

MA Drama and Theatre Education students are introduced to practical approaches to the teaching of Shakespeare in both primary and secondary schools in the Drama and Literacy module of their course. Academics teaching this course have long-standing relationships both teaching with, and researching for, the education department of the Royal Shakespeare Company.