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 »

Teaching Shakespeare 17 available

Issue 17 (Spring 2019) of Teaching Shakespeare is now available to download. Back issues are also available.
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2019 AGM Agenda and Minutes of 2018 AGM

The agenda for the 2019 AGM, to be held Friday 19 July 2019, 17:30 to 18:30, in the Talesin Create Mall Room at Swansea University, is now available. The minutes of the 2018 AGM are also now available for consultation.
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Election of new Trustees and Officer

The Board of Trustees of the British Shakespeare Association wishes to appoint three new Trustees to take up positions on the Board in Autumn 2019. We are looking for members of the BSA who are willing to give of their time to further the aims of the BSA, and with interests and...
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2019 Honorary Fellowship Awarded

It is with great pleasure that we announce that our new Honorary Fellow for 2019 is Emeritus Professor John Drakakis. John’s past and continuing contribution to the world of Shakespearean studies is immense – he rightly holds the highest status in the field of Shakespearean...
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Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to extend opening hours

The BSA congratulates the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust whose archive collections, held in Stratford-upon-Avon, are to become even more accessible to the public. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has taken the decision to invest in their public service and the opening hours of...
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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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