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 »

The future of Shakespeare in education: MOOCs in action

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The second of the two Massive Open Online Course (MOOCs)s on Shakespeare is now under way, and in case you fancy trying it out, is still open for enrolment. The first, the Shakespeare Institute’s Hamlet MOOC, has finished, though it’s to be hoped that it will run...
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Teaching Shakespeare volume 5

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Volume 5 of the BSA magazine ‘Teaching Shakespeare’ is now available to download for free from the website. This issue, focusing on facilitating access to Shakespeare, includes pieces by Kristin Hall, Catherine Fletcher, Chloe Stopa-Hunt, Hannah Bailey, Amelia...
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Speech of Fire

I Have a Speech of Fire at Lancaster Castle

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‘I Have A Speech of Fire’ is a dramatization of dialogues from across Shakespeare’s work, edited by Alison Findlay and staged in Lancaster Castle by the all-female Rose Company. The line ‘I have a speech of fire, that fain would blaze’ opens a lively performance exploring who has...
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Shakespeare in Bollywood conference

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On 27 June 2014, Royal Holloway will host a one-day graduate conference on Shakespeare in Bollywood with the renowned critic Dr.Poonam Trivedi of Delhi University as keynote speaker.The day aims to bring together academics and practitioners in the field to gain a better...
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Prof. Jonathan Neelands on Theatre, Education and a Democratic Future

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Professor Jonathan Neelands, of The University of Warwick, visited The University of York Department of Education this month as part of the 50 years of Education at York Public Lecture Series that has consisted of 50 talks from a wide range of professionals in honour of this...
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Liminal Time and Space in Medieval and Early Modern Performance – Call for Papers

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5th-7th September 2014, University of Kent This interdisciplinary, cross-period conference seeks to explore the representation, effects, and meanings of liminal time and space medieval and early modern performance. It will consider time and space in conjunction across a range of...
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A Summer School in Italy to inspire teachers, students and Shakespeare enthusiasts

James Stredder finds a wealth of exciting approaches to teaching the plays and poems in plans for the ‘Shakespeare in Italy  Summer School’, which will take place in Urbino from the 12th to the 26th July, and which will feature four leading Shakespearian directors and performers,...
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Shakespeare Summer Schools at Oxford University

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Oxford University runs a stimulating, enjoyable, English Literature Summer School on an annual basis, with lectures on all aspects of English literature from Oxford professors and seminars with specialist tutors.William Shakespeare is the subject of two courses this year:...
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Delve Theatre poll – which are Shakespeare’s finest scenes?

Delve Theatre, a small regional theatre company, are planning a tour in Austria and they are looking for your help. As a result of initial discussions with the proposed theatres, they are looking at producing a show from a medley of Shakespeare’s plays.  Don’t worry, this is not...
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Benefit performance of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

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A rare performance of W S Gilbert’s spoof of Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, will be held at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford on Sunday 16 February at 4pm. Members of the RSC past and present will be taking part, including (subject to availability) Edward...
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