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March 2019

Shakespeare Miscellany II

March 21 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm
Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall, The University of Manchester, Bridgeford St
Manchester, M13 9PL United Kingdom
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Shakespeare Miscellany II: 'Music oft hath such a charm...' Walter Carroll Lunchtime Concert Series 21 March 2019, 1:10pm Cosmo Rodewald Concert Hall The University of Manchester Bridgeford St Manchester, M13 9PL Three years after the first Shakespeare Miscellany, pianist and scholar Michelle Assay, together with students and alumni of the University of Manchester, presents a programme of music for voice, chorus and instruments, from diverse traditions, inspired by Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. This FREE event is part of the Walter…

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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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May 2019

Teaching Early Modern Drama

May 4
University of Warwick United Kingdom + Google Map

Sidelights on Shakespeare One-day Symposium ‘Teaching Early Modern Drama’ 10:00 to 17:00, Saturday 4th May 2019, University of Warwick Twitter: #TEMDr19 “Teaching Early Modern Drama” is a one-day symposium inviting those who teach, study, research and practise Early Modern Drama in educational settings to discuss where we are now, and what future directions might exist for the teaching of these plays from the past. In particular, it aims to explore the connections between the teaching of, and research into, Early…

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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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August 2019


August 16 - August 21

The Unique Shakespeare Camp at Stratford August 15 - 31, 2019 Spaces available for BSA members. Option One: 12 spaces: August 16 - 21 You watch: Measure for Measure, The Provoked Wife. Much Ado About Nothing (Festival Players), The Taming of the Shrew, Venice Preserved Option Two: 9 spaces: August 26 - 31 You watch: As You Like It, The Provoked Wife, Venice Preserved, Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew Enjoy seminars, sonnet readings and a daily reading…

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July 2021

2021 World Shakespeare Congress, Singapore

July 19, 2021 - July 23, 2021

Shakespeare Circuits 11th World Shakespeare Congress Singapore, 19–23 July 2021 The Programme Committee of the 2021 World Shakespeare Congress welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables, seminars, and workshops responding to the conference theme ‘Shakespeare Circuits’. The trope of circuits draws attention to the passage of Shakespeare’s work between places and periods, agencies and institutions, positionalities and networks of production, languages and mediums. Topics may include, but are not restricted to: Renaissance circuits: socio-cultural economies, ecologies, and performance practices Transmissions: textual transfer,…

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