Welcome to the British Shakespeare Association

The British Shakespeare Association is a professional association of teachers, researchers, theatre practitioners, writers and enthusiasts. The BSA is a registered charity and its aims are educational – ‘to promote and foster a better understanding of Shakespeare and his work’. Read more about us »

Election of New Trustees

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As several Trustees are now approaching the end of their terms of service, the Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association wishes to appoint new Trustees to take up positions on the Board in September 2017. The position of Trustee is voluntary (with reasonable...
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Everyone’s a critic: a short course for graduate students at the University of York

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By Sarah Olive Last week, I finished running a free short course I’d devised for graduate students at the University of York, regardless of discipline, for fun rather than credit. In the event, seven students came from programmes as wide-ranging as the MA in Renaissance...
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Teaching Shakespeare 12 is out!

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We are pleased to announce that the twelfth issue of Teaching Shakespeare and the first ever summer issue of the magazine, with articles on Shakespeare in Hanoi, on Shakespeare and autistic students, on young offenders and Othello, and on digitized promptbooks, is now available...
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Nominations Open for our 2018 Fellowships

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An Invitation from the Chair of the BSA Fellowship Committee, Andrew Jarvis The British Shakespeare Association endows two Honorary Fellowships each year. This year, 2017, the Fellowships are to be given to Sarah Stanton – formerly Publisher of Shakespeare and Early Modern...
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Renowned Designer’s Posters on Show at the Offensive Shakespeare Conference

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The Offensive Shakespeare conference, sponsored by the BSA, will take place at Northumbria University next week, 23rd-24th May. The conference will be accompanied by a mini-exhibition of Shakespearean posters by the renowned graphic designer, Lex Drewinski. If you have a chance,...
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Lost in Pronunciation – Ben Crystal at Waseda University

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‘Lost’ can have negative connotations of being unable to find the way, of something wasted or ruined. However, it can also denote being rapt or absorbed in something. During the second week of May, Ben Crystal was certainly absorbed in talking to Tokyoites (and the odd visitor)...
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TNT’s Twelfth Night at Japan Women’s University

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On Thursday 11 May, Japan Women’s University (JWU) hosted a performance of TNT Theatre Britain’s or International Theatre Company London’s current, world-touring production Twelfth Night in its Oufu Kaikan (hall). Over three hundred audience members. These were mainly students at...
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John Barton receives his Honorary Fellowship

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The 2016 recipient of the BSA Honorary Fellowship Award was John Barton. Unfortunately, due to illness, John was unable to attend the Honorary Fellowship Event, held as the climax of the BSA’s Conference last year at the University of Hull. It was only recently that...
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Michael Bogdanov – A Shakespearean Giant Remembered

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(Or “Andy…………….Andy!”) “Andy…………Andy!” Imagine those words spoken with a breathy, child-like enthusiasm – as any one of our own childhood friends would have done at seven years old on the first day of the Summer Holidays,...
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Cheek by Jowl: The Winter’s Tale

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Members of the BSA may be interested in Cheek by Jowl’s recent production of The Winter’s Tale, available for viewing below: There is also a complimentary education pack to go with the production, for ages 14+. Teachers or students who would like the pack, should...
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