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 »

Expanding Horizons: Shakespeare and Indian Cinema

Queen’s Film Theatre Queen’s University, Belfast 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1PA Saturday, November 21, at 2.00pm Prof. Mark Thornton Burnett, BSA Trustee, is delivering a Media and Performance event as part of the 2020 Being Human festival. At the ‘Expanding...
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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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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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Nominations for 2020 BSA Honorary Fellowships

An Invitation from the Chair of the BSA Fellowship Committee: The British Shakespeare Association endows two Honorary Fellowships each year. This year, 2019, the Fellowship was given solely to Professor John Drakakis, for his outstanding work and lifetime’s achievement in the...
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