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 »

CFP: Shakespeare and Versification

Call for Submissions: ‘Shakespeare and Versification’ At the start of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times (1854), Mr M’Choakumchild drills his pupils in ‘the sciences of compound proportion, algebra, land-surveying and levelling’. The list continues, as a mixture of tedium and threat,...
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Teaching Shakespeare 20: Call for Papers

Teaching Shakespeare is an international, cross-sector magazine for educators and students that is freely available online via the British Shakespeare Association’s Education section of its website. It has a readership of over 1,000 in more than 60 countries — thanks to your...
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2021 Honorary Fellowships Committee

Do you have an interest in identifying and honouring those individuals who have made a substantial contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare as creatives or as scholars? The Honorary Fellowships committee is seeking to recruit two new members to take up a committee role...
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Women & Shakespeare Podcast

On 23 May, Dr Sarah Olive (York) and Dr Varsha Panjwani (NYU) will discuss the newly launched podcast series, ‘Women & Shakespeare’ and an episode featuring a conversation with renowned actor, Dona Croll, will be streamed. All details of the event are here:...
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Online Exhibition: Shakespeare’s Library

Shakespeare’s Library Online Exhibition The University of Leicester is delighted to be able to invite you to visit a new online exhibition titled Shakespeare’s Library. It highlights the connections between Shakespeare’s work and the works of others as well as their links...
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Celebration in Seclusion

Message from Chair Dear Members, I hope, first and foremost that you are all well. It feels rather strange celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday over the next three days in the midst of a global pandemic which has created emotions from one end of the scale to the other –...
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Birthday Lectures

What was Shakespeare Really Like? Birthday lectures by Professor Stanley Wells. From Shakespeare’s Birthday (23 April), Professor Stanley Wells is making available a series of four, new public lectures: ‘What Was Shakespeare Really Like?’ These are commissioned...
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2020 BSA Conference Update

Dear Members, In response to the very fast-moving public health crisis at a national and international level, our Events team have met with staff in Surrey and decided to cancel the BSA conference planned for July 16-18 in 2020. We are very sorry to have to do this, as many of...
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CFP: Shakespeare and the Jews: A Global Exploration

In 1992, James Shapiro discussed ‘Shakespeare and the Jews’ in the James Parkes Lecture at the University of Southampton, a lecture that would form one of the cornerstones of his ground-breaking book of the same title. Thirty years later, in 2022, the journal Shakespeare pays...
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BSA New Trustee: Minuting Secretary

The Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association wishes to appoint a new Trustee to take up a position on the Board in Spring 2020. Trustees work voluntarily (with reasonable expenses reimbursed) to further the aims of the BSA across its four main constituencies of...
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