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 »

Garrick’s Shakespeare Jubilee

The music composed for David Garrick’s great Shakespeare “Jubilee” of 1769, the most talked about cultural event of the British 18th century, is currently being brought back to life in a pioneering recording by BSA member David Chandler, director of the Retrospect Opera, a small,...
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The King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival

King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival Friday 26th to Sunday 28th April, 2019 St George’s Guildhall, King Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HA BSA members may be interested to attend the first King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival. Over three days in April 2019, the works of the Bard will be...
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Ewan Fernie wins Heritage Lottery Fund development grant for ‘Everything to Everybody Project’

Working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, Professor Ewan Fernie has won a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a big project which would revive  (1) Birmingham’s world-significant Shakespeare collection and (2) the ‘trailblazing’ spirit of its original...
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Royal Shakespeare Company – Shakespeare Learning Zone

The RSC has launched its new Shakespeare Learning Zone which contains all kinds of useful information aimed at students and teachers. The website currently covers seven plays regularly performed and studied in schools – and there are plans to add more titles soon. The...
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Back to school Shakespeare resources: helping students and teachers to embrace the ‘S’ word

What could be more welcome at the start of a new academic year than a bunch of brand new digital resources for teaching Shakespeare? (OK, apart from the half-term holidays). Secondary English teacher Paul Wassell loves helping his students to open up and analyse literary texts,...
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Fellowship Nominations

An Invitation from the Chair of the BSA Fellowship Committee: The British Shakespeare Association endows two Honorary Fellowships each year. This year, 2018, the Fellowship was given solely to Roger Harcourt – for his outstanding work and lifetime’s achievement in the field...
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Roger Harcourt’s Speech at BSA Belfast

Our newest honorary fellow, Roger Harcourt, has kindly agreed to the publication of the acceptance speech he delivered during the Belfast conference dinner. Download the Speech
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Leeds Meets Shakespeare Video

In December, Claire Chambers (English, York) and Sarah Olive (Education, York) wrote a post for this blog about the project Leeds Meets Shakespeare. Thursday 21st June saw the concluding celebration for the project at the Carriageworks Theatre. This included a welcome from Tribe...
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Ben Broadribb on the Belfast BSA Conference

This post originally appeared on medium.com, and is reproduced here with the kind permission of its author. Thanks, Ben! 10 Things I (Most Definitely Didn’t) Hate About BSA Belfast 2018 So, a short preamble, as this is my very first entry here. My name’s Ben Broadribb, and I’m...
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BSA 2019 at Swansea University

          The British Shakespeare Association and Swansea University are delighted to announce that the 2019 annual conference of the British Shakespeare Association will take place from: 17th to 20th July 2019 The theme is ‘race and nation’; a...
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