The British Shakespeare Association is a professional association and registered charity devoted to promoting the study, practice and enjoyment of Shakespeare throughout the United Kingdom.
Founded in 2002, the BSA is committed to bringing together scholars, students, teachers, theatre practitioners, community workers and other professions with a shared interest in Shakespeare. In this, the BSA follows an Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity Policy (2020).
To learn more about the BSA’s history, please visit the History Page.
The BSA is engaged in several key strands of activity:
The BSA’s peer-reviewed scholarly journal Shakespeare has been in existence since 2005 and is one of the leading journals in the field. It is published four times a year online and annually in print, and members are entitled to a substantial discount. See the Journal Page for details.
The BSA’s pedagogy magazine Teaching Shakespeare has been published since 2012, and is supplemented by the BSA Education Network blog. This new publication is aimed at primary and secondary teachers working with Shakespeare and is free to members.
The biennial conference is the largest of its kind to be held in the UK, with conferences held in venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The BSA honours leaders in the field through the award of Honorary Fellowships. Two awards are made in each year. Past recipients include the academic Professor Ann Thompson, director John Barton, actors Adrian Lester, Dame Harriet Walter and Dame Janet Suzman, teacher Roger Harcourt and publisher Sarah Stanton. For more information see the Fellowships Page.
The BSA also hosts a range of events throughout the United Kingdom ranging from book launches to short conferences. For the latest information, please see the Events Page.