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 »

Disguised Dukes in English Jacobean Drama, Saturday 6th November (online)

A study day for teachers, students, theatre practitioners, academics, and all members of the BSA. Please registration for the event via Eventbrite (limited to 500 people). The link for the Zoom event will be available with every ticket. A group of plays staged in London by...
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BSA Online Conference: ‘Shakespeare In/Action’ (5-7 Aug)

The BSA’s online conference on ‘Shakespeare and In/Action’ will take place on 5-7 August. Registration for the conference is FREE and open to all members of the BSA in good standing; the registration form is accessible via the ‘Members’ area of the BSA website. Click here to join...
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Shakespeare’s Language: Revealing Meanings and Exploring Myths

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Shakespeare:   “Shakespeare’s Language: Revealing Meanings and Exploring Myths”   This MOOC, run by FutureLearn, will appeal to anybody with an interest in Shakespeare’s language, early modern English and/or...
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In Memoriam: Professor Michael Hattaway

  The British Shakespeare Association is saddened by the passing of Professor Michael Hattaway, on Wednesday 7 July, after a courageous, nine-month struggle with cancer. The Shakespeare world has been enriched by his lively and accessible academic work, from th...
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Bringing the Bard Back Home? The English Translation of Foreign Shakespeare Criticism in the Long Nineteenth Century

BSA members Raphaël Ingelbien and Carmen Reisinger tell us about their five-year research project at KU Leuven, which was launched last year. Translations of Shakespeare’s texts and their impact on the development of various literatures are well charted, but the translation of...
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Teaching Shakespeare Magazine: New Editor Wanted

A message from Sarah Olive (Editor of Teaching Shakespeare) After twenty-odd issues of Teaching Shakespeare, I will be stepping down from the role of editor from June 2021 as I take on the role of lead editor for the academic journal Jeunesse: Young people, texts, cultures. It’s...
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Early Career Researcher News: Mette Hildeman Sjölin

Mette Hildeman Sjölin, Stage Appropriations of Shakespeare’s Major Tragedies, 1980-2010 (Lund Studies in English, 2020) BSA member Dr Mette Hildeman Sjölin tells us about the content and origins of her first monograph, which is available in open access here.   I first got the...
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Productions and Events

Terra Nova Terra Nova, Northern Ireland’s only inter-cultural theatre company, has been busy with Shakespeare in recent months. Check out their wonderful ‘Intercultural Cohort’ project which includes ‘Shakespeare’s Monologues’ (22 April 2021), a series of five monologues from...
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Early Modern German Shakespeare in Action: Creation Theatre’s ‘Romio und Julieta’

An online roundtable hosted by the Society for Renaissance Studies Tuesday 4th May 2021, 5:00pm Registration Link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/shakegerm   Romeo and Juliet, but not as we know it… From the 1590s onwards travelling players took various plays from the London...
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Shakespeare’s Birthday Events

In celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday on Friday 23rd April, there is a veritable feast of events as detailed below:   12.30-14.00 ‘Theatre in Time of Plague’ (12:30-14:00) A lunchtime celebration of William Shakespeare’s 457th birthday an online discussion with...
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