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 »

Much Ado About Nothing Colloquium Report

Ben Haworth received a BSA bursary to attend the  Much Ado About Nothing Colloquium at the Rose Theatre in Kingston upon Thames on 21 April 2018. He offers below a short report on the event. This brief yet superbly compact colloquium allowed both academic and public circles to...
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Statement on the UCU Strike Action over Pensions

In our capacity as trustees of the BSA, we state our concern for the current dispute over proposed changes to the USS pension scheme.  Although these changes will not affect the majority of our diverse membership directly, we nevertheless consider them a threat to the future of...
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Teaching Shakespeare 14 is out!

We are pleased to announce that the fourteenth issue of Teaching Shakespeare, is now available for free download. CLICK HERE TO READ THE PDF Please note that the photograph on p.14 was erroneously credit to Saeko Machi. It was in fact taken by the company’s photographer Steve...
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John Barton

The British Shakespeare Association is saddened by the death of the great Shakespearean John Barton on Thursday 18th January 2018. John was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the BSA in 2016. His trust in the richness of Shakespeare’s scripts, and in the ability ...
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First Impressions: Studying Othello edited by Barbara Bleiman and Lucy Webster

This post is part of a series of brief, ‘first impression’ reviews of books on Shakespeare in Education. Look out for others posted to the BSA’s Education Network Blog. Name of reviewing team: Kayleigh In a Nutshell, this book is about: Exploring different ways to teach Othello...
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Leeds Meet Shakespeare: Making a Start

A guest post by Claire Chambers (English) and Sarah Olive (Education), University of York On 24 November 2017, a group of teachers, academics, council employees, theatre and arts practitioners from Leeds, York and London gathered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. They proceeded to...
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First Impressions: Script Analysis for Theatre by Robert Knopf

This post is part of a series of brief, ‘first impression’ reviews of books on Shakespeare in Education. Look out for others posted to the BSA’s Education Network Blog. Name of reviewing team: Eve In a Nutshell, this book is about: Providing theatre study’s and emerging theatre...
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First Impressions: Directing with the Michael Chekhov Technique by Mark Monday

This post is part of a series of brief, ‘first impression’ reviews of books on Shakespeare in Education. Look out for others posted to the BSA’s Education Network Blog. Name of reviewing team: Katherine In a Nutshell, this book is about: Methods and techniques (Chekhov...
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Shakespeare’s Emotions, Lost and Found

On Friday, November 17th, more than 60 Shakespeare students, scholars, theatre practitioners, and enthusiasts gathered at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Other Place Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to discuss emotion in Shakespeare’s plays. This educational event, call...
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Shakespeare Schools Foundation – A Festival journey

By Stuart Rathe Stuart Rathe is Education Manager for Shakespeare Schools Foundation. In this posting he writes about his involvement in the Shakespeare Schools Festival – both as a Teacher Director and ‘on the other side of the curtain’ working as part the Festival itself. In a...
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