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 »

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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Terence Hawkes

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Terence Hawkes, who was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the BSA in November 2013, sadly passed away in January 2014. Terence’s death is a great loss to the field, and the Board of Trustees extends its deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Terence Hawkes was a...
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Free Shakespeare Pro app

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Members who own tablets or smartphones may be pleased to know that the popular ‘Shakespeare Pro’ app is available free for 48 hours only. This advanced version of the app includes full texts of 41 plays plus the poems, Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from...
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New volume of Shakespeare now arriving for subscribers

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Members who have subscribed to the journal should shortly be receiving their copies of Volume 9, collected together essays and reviews published in 2013. Highlights of this volume include three special issues on ‘Shakespeare and the New Aestheticism: Space, Style and...
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Trailer for Cymbeline (dir. Michael Almereyda)

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2014 will see the release of the first major film of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Reuniting the director and star of Hamlet (1999), Ethan Hawke takes the leading role in Michael Almereyda’s vision of biker gangs and revenge. You can see the trailer below or on Youtube.
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The new online home for the BSA

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Welcome to the new iteration of the British Shakespeare Association’s website. Here you will find the usual content giving information about our Fellows, the BSA journal Shakespeare and our ever-expanding Education Network, as well as new pages on the BSA’s history...
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Final Call for Papers for Stirling Conference

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There is still time to propose a paper, panel or workshop for Shakespeare: Text, Power, Authority , the British Shakespeare Association conference at the University of Stirling, 3-6 July 2014. Details of how to apply are available on the conference website. In the four hundred...
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Sonnet Man

‘The Sonnet Man: Hip Hop Shakespeare Fusion’

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Devon Glover’s Interactive and Educative Performance, by Cathleen McKague ‘On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…a Shakespearean rapper from NYC?’  Such was the holiday treat enjoyed by students, staff, graduates, and guests at The Shakespeare Institute’s most...
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