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We are delighted to announce that the latest edition of the the Journal LinguaCulture in Honour of Professor Michael Hattaway has been published and can be found here Vol. 14 No. 1 (2023) | Linguaculture

The special issue follows on from the BSA online event we held as a memorial to celebrate the work of Professor Hattaway and his generous bequest in his will of books relating to Shakespearean drama which were transported to Iasi University in Romania with financial support from the BSA.

Shakespeare or not Shakespeare? Edward III at Lancaster Castle 1-3 June 7pm

How much, if any, of this Elizabethan history play was written by William Shakespeare?  

Judge for yourself by attending the live production in the spectacular historic setting of Lancaster Castle.

A unique combination of professional director and actors, final year Shakespeare students from the English Department, Lancaster University, and local volunteers join to stage the play in collaboration with the Duchy of Lancaster.

Tickets can be purchased online here

Enter through the historic John of Gaunt gate from 6.45 pm

The Sounds of Shakespeare

BSA Members have been offered a discount on tickets for Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra’s amazing concert on 20th May, featuring musical interpretations of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Bernstein, and a special musical showcase by pupils from local schools.

Cambridge Philharmonic’s next concert ‘The Sounds of Shakespeare’ is part of a new education project to spark student-led creativity in response to Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. Cross-curriculum workshops with the performing arts collective ‘Three Inch Fools’ will culminate in a showcase featuring young people from local schools to be presented at the start of the concert.

Principal Guest Conductor, Lucy Hollins, will then lead the orchestra through a programme of Shakespearean adaptations:

  • Tchaikovsky’s ‘Hamlet’ Overture
  • Shostakovich’s ‘Hamlet’ Suite13-movement op. 32 (the incidental music to the play)   

Followed by:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture toRomeo & Juliet’
  • Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’

The programme will be accompanied by excerpts from some of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays, performed by actors Anna Tolputt and Matt Pinches.


Location: West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP  

Date: Saturday 20th May 2023

Schools’ Showcase from 6.45PM,

Main Concert  will commence at 7.30PM

Tickets from £15 (student concessions and free carers tickets available)

BSA Members concession code CPSBARD

Professor Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson, a much-beloved member of the academic Shakespeare community and frequent participant at British Shakespeare Association conferences has had a severe stroke while on holiday in Peru. He is currently at a small hospital in Cusco. His partner Mark Wheeler has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for Richard’s hospital fees and to bring him back home to the UK. Members of the Board have made individual donations and we share the link here for all those who may wish to help. We send Richard and Mark our love.

Christian A. Smith

The BSA is saddened to learn that Christian Smith, who was an active member of our association, passed away in his sleep on the morning of Sat., 6 Aug. 2022. He is survived by his partner, Annie Barker, in Berlin and by family members in Los Angeles. He earned his PhD in the Department of English and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick, where he worked as a Teaching Fellow. He was awarded an Honorary Shakespeare Research Fellowship at Kingston University London. Most recently, Routledge published his monograph, Shakespeare’s Influence on Karl Marx: The Shakespearean Roots of Marxism (2022). He co-edited a Karl Marx bicentennial special issue of the BSA journal, Shakespeare, and contributed the chapter, “Marxist studies,” to The Arden Research Handbook of Contemporary Shakespeare Criticism (2021, 2022). His authoritative, vigorous, and spirited presence will be dearly missed.

Celebrating the legacy of Professor Michael Hattaway: Online Event Friday 11 February 5.00 pm

The late Professor Michael Hattaway’s bequest of books to colleagues in the University of Iasi, Romania, typified both his generosity and his strong bonds with Shakespeareans in Europe. This free online event celebrates Professor Hattaway’s legacy of friendship and of books: those he wrote and those he gave to the English Department in Iasi.

For more information about the event, the list of speakers, and free registration, please visit:

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