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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 »

Reading Shakespeare When He Was New: The Earliest Printed Texts

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LECTURE AND LATE VIEW Thursday 24 April, 6.00 pm-8.00 pm What was it like to read a newly published play by Shakespeare?  Dr Emma Smith, Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford, discusses Shakespeare in print during his lifetime. Was the playwright really as popular as we assume? What...
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Shakespeare in Italy summer school

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The Shakespeare in Italy  Summer School will be held from 12-26th July 2014 in the lovelywalled city of Urbino, which is tucked away in the hills near Italy’s upper Adriatic coast. The summer school will be taught, at the invitation of the University of Urbino, by four leading...
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Reforming Shakespeare: 1593 and After

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The Centre for Adaptations and the Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University invite proposals for 15-minute papers at the one-day symposium on Tuesday 3rd June 2014. This is a one-day scholarly symposium on the kinds of alteration that have occurred to...
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Garrick and Shakespeare: An International Conference

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Kingston University at the Rose Theatre, Kingston-Upon-Thames, June 25th-27th 2014 With Garrick’s Shakespeare Temple Plenary Speakers SIMON CALLOW (2014 GARRICK LECTURE) NORMA CLARKE MICHAEL DOBSON PETER HOLLAND CALL FOR PAPERS David Garrick’s Kingston connections date from...
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Call for Papers – Shakespeare and Canada Symposium

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Call for Papers  Shakespeare + Canada Symposium 22-24 April 2016, University of Ottawa, Canada April 23, 2016 will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616).  The most translated and performed playwright in the world, Shakespeare continues to live...
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Shakespeare and His Contemporaries Graduate Conference

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On Thursday 10 April, The British Institute of Florence organizes the 6th Shakespeare Graduate Conference on the theme Forms of Nationhood. The event is in collaboration with IASEMS – Italian Association of Shakespeare and Early Modern Studies – and with the...
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Shakespeare Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum

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2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Join the V&A from April 21st to May 4th to celebrate the life and works of the world’s most famous playwright with a special programme of talks, performances, screenings, tours, workshops, special activities and themed...
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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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