For many families, sitting down to watch a Christmas Special is as much a part of the holiday season as the Queen’s Speech, a carol service in the parish church, or a trip to the pantomime.But when did the tradition of a holiday-themed premiere start? Professor Paul Raffield of Warwick Law School argues that the Christmas special can be traced back to the creative mind of William Shakespeare, and specifically the premiere of The Comedy of Errors at Gray’s Inn on 28 December 1594.
A short film, supported by the University of Warwick and involving Professor Tony Howard, is being released as part of Refugee Week (18th -24th June) has taken as its starting point a speech thought to be written by William Shakespeare over 400 years ago.
A new exhibition, Hear the Ambassadors: The Performance of Diplomacy in the Age of Shakespeare, opened this week in Stratford. A collaboration between the University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, it is based on the work of Carol Chillington Rutter, Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at Warwick.
As Shakespeare points out in Hamlet "we know what we are, but know not what we may be", but it is through the great playwright that we can imagine a different self.
Prominent director Vishal Bhardwaj has been announced as part of the line-up for Indian Shakespeares on Screen, a festival celebrating the influence of England’s most famous cultural icon on the world’s largest film industry.