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October 2018

‘Why Shakespeare?’ at The Actors Centre

October 13, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Actors Centre, 1A Tower St
London, WC2H 9NP United Kingdom
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Why do we keep producing and performing Shakespeare on stage, screen and film? What incentives and difficulties does Shakespeare present to you as an independent practitioner or member of a company, small or large? In your specialist role as a performer, designer, stage manager, fight director, dancer, director, producer, company manager, maker of film, television or screen games, does Shakespeare offer unique opportunities and challenges? Do you want to be in the room where Shakespeare happens? If so, why? We…

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March 2019

Shakespeare Miscellany II

March 21, 2019 @ 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, 2019 - April 28, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019 - June 22, 2019
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, 2019
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 Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford School of Acting Stag Hill Campus, University of Surrey, Guildford Hosted by the Surrey Shakespeare Centre Registration is free and now open – but spaces are limited!   PROGRAMME All sessions consist of two 25-minute papers followed by 25 minutes for Q&A and discussion. 9am Registration 10am-11.15am Neema Parvini (Surrey), 'Shakespeare and Morality – Some Opening Remarks'. Patrick Gray (Durham), 'Shakespeare and Morality – Some More Opening…

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July 2019

BSA 2019 Conference: Shakespeare, Race and Nation

July 17, 2019 - July 20, 2019
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, 2019 - August 21, 2019

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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October 2019

I SEDERI International Conference for Junior Researchers

October 9, 2019 - October 11, 2019
University of Murcia, Calle Campus Universitario
Murcia, 30100 Spain
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University of Murcia, 9–11 October 2019 Keynote Speakers: Zenón Luis-Martínez, President of SEDERI (Universidad de Huelva, Spain) Sonia Massai (King’s College London, UK) Paul Prescott (University of Warwick, UK) We are pleased to announce that the I SEDERI International Conference for Junior Researchers will be held on 9, 10 and 11 October 2019 at the University of Murcia (Spain). This event is part of an initiative born within SEDERI, the Spanish and Portuguese Society for English Renaissance Studies, which seeks…

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