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April 2019

The King’s Lynn Shakespeare Festival

April 26 - April 28
St George’s Guildhall, St George's Guildhall, 29 King Street
King's Lynn, PE30 1HA United Kingdom

Over three days in April 2019, the works of the Bard will be celebrated in workshops, performance and discussion in the very theatre where it is thought that the great playwright himself performed in 1592. The weekend will feature guests from stage and academia to honour Shakespeare’s connection with the town, with two guest performances by Sir Ian McKellen. It is hosted by Andrew Jarvis, one of the most respected Shakespearean actors of his generation – and BSA Trustee and…

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June 2019

2019 Shakespearean Theatre Conference

June 20 - June 22
University of Waterloo, University of Waterloo Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, 125 St Patrick St
Stratford, Ontario N5A 0C1 Canada
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Festival and Festivity 20–22 June 2019 Stratford, Ontario, Canada We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, full sessions, and workshops for the third Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 20-22, 2019, in Stratford, Ontario. While all approaches to Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, we especially encourage proposals that respond to our broad theme of “Festival and Festivity.” How do we understand and perform festive, antic, celebratory, or bacchanal elements in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries? How did these plays…

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Shakespeare and Morality Symposium

June 21
Guildford School of Acting, Stag Hill Campus, Perimeter Rd
Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH United Kingdom
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'Morals' by Mark M. Mellon (2018)21st June 2019 Guildford School of Acting Stag Hill Campus University of Surrey Guildford We invite papers on the topic of Shakespeare and Morality in criticism, performance, and theory. Themes may include but are not limited to: authority, loyalty, fairness, sanctity, care, and liberty. We encourage papers from scholars in both literary and performance studies, as well as teachers from English or Drama departments who are currently teaching Shakespeare at A-level. The aim of this…

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July 2019

BSA 2019 Conference: Shakespeare, Race and Nation

July 17 - July 20
Swansea University, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Sketty
Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP United Kingdom
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Swansea University, 17-20 July 2019 Plenary Speakers include: Prof. Kim F Hall (Barnard College), Prof. Nandini Das (University of Liverpool), Dr. Preti Taneja (University of Warwick) Swansea University is proud to host the 2019 British Shakespeare Association conference on the theme of “Shakespeare, Race, and Nation”. In the lead-up to the UK’s 2016 EU Referendum vote, both pro and anti-EU campaigners used Shakespeare to try and establish a persuasive argument about British (or English) national identity. In the wake of…

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