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January 17, 2011

Next Sidelights on Shakespeare Seminar – Jonathan Bate on 'Shakespeare's Olympic Moment'

Sidelights on Shakespeare

Sidelights on Shakespeare

Professor Jonathan Bate
(Dept. of English and Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick)

Shakespeare's Olympic Moment: On Preparing an Exhibition for the Round Reading Room of the British Museum.


January 14, 2011

Special Issue of Shakespeare Bulletin

Shakespeare Bulletin – Special Theatre Reviews Section - Spring 2012

We are soliciting reviews of the BEST and the WORST productions of Shakespeare and other early modern drama in the first decade of the twenty-first century.

The theatre reviews section in the Spring 2012 issue of Shakespeare Bulletin will follow a somewhat unusual format.  We would like to run approximately forty very short production-reviews that, in the aggregate, give some sense of the range of productions, and vivid responses to them, positive and negative, over the last ten years.

Reviews may not be longer than 500 words.  The idea behind this length requirement is to encourage formal and stylistic innovation as well as a high degree of focus.  Detailed descriptions of production design, casting, plot development, etc., are not required—not least because many of the productions noted will likely have been reviewed previously in the pages of SB.  We encourage reviewers to find exciting ways of conveying the one or two things that made a given production linger in the memory.

Each review should be prefaced by a short headnote giving the play title, the name of the company that produced it, the venue in which it was produced, and the year of its production. 

Reviewers may submit multiple reviews.  All submissions are, of course, subject to editorial review before being accepted.

Please send reviews by email to the theatre review editor, Jeremy Lopez:

Reviews may be submitted any time before September 30, 2011.

January 13, 2011

Double Falsehood interview

Writing about web page

This is a link to a Sky News feature on the upcoming production of Double Falsehood at the Union Theatre. Its claims to be the first production since 1793 are VERY tenuous - a full (amateur) production, of course, took place in the same venue, the Union Theatre, only a few months ago; and productions of the play have been around for quite some time under the name Cardenio, usually with a certain amount of adaptation. This is, therefore, properly The First Professional Production Of The Play Under The Name Double Falsehood Since 1793.

The Sky article is also riddled with mistakes, as it fails to distinguish between Cardenio and Double Falsehood. Let's be clear - Double Falsehood is Lewis Theobald's play, BASED on what we believe to have been a collaboration between Fletcher and Shakespeare called Cardenio. To say Shakespeare and Fletcher wrote Double Falsehood is very misleading; as to is the claim that the RSC is producing Double Falsehood when it's actually producing a Cardenio, based on several sources including Shelton's Don Quixote and Theobald's Double Falsehood.

These might sound like pedantic points, but they're key to the controversy. The kneejerk reaction against the play from academics and critics alike is based on the impression that this play is being presented as a lightly-touched-up version of a true Shakespeare play. The fact is, even if it ISN'T a forgery (and Tiffany Stern's forthcoming article raises some serious questions), Double Falsehood is removed by several stages of transmission from the putative Shakespeare/Fletcher play, making the reality far less sensational than the claims.

Those are all asides - however, I'm hugely looking forward to the production. The KDC production at the Union was fine and took some interesting decisions, but suffered from being a bit ponderous. I'm hoping this one will be a bit livelier and fight the case for the play's worth - it was, after all, once quite popular.

January 12, 2011

Arts Faculty Postgrad Seminar – Wednesday 19th January

The Arts Faculty Seminar Series

invites you
to their next session

on Wednesday, 19th January (Week 2)
in the Wolfson Research Exchange.
Pre-session snacks and chat from 4.45, papers start at 5.00.

This time be assured to find much ado about that which is but what is not, with
Alice Leonard’s 'Nothing' in Shakespeare

And then, leap over what may be digested in a play, from the be-all to the start-all and end-all, listening to

Daniel Ward’s
Prologues and Epilogues in Restoration Drama

The heated debate stirred and tempered by

Pete Kirwan

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

The Arts Faculty Seminar Series is sponsored by the English and the Italian Department, and the HRC.


I’m Peter Kirwan, a final year doctoral student in the English Department at Warwick, and this is my PhD blog.

Conferences, reviews, articles, thoughts and links relating to my interests in the Shakespeare apocrypha, early modern drama, authorship and performance.

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