All entries for Thursday 31 March 2011

March 31, 2011

All The World's His Stage

As we approach Shakespeare’s birthday on the 23rd April, the Knowledge Centre will be taking a look at the impact of the Bard around the world. Shakespeare’s birthplace and final resting place, Stratford-Upon-Avon, is just 20 miles from the University campus, and our links with Shakespeare go far beyond our locality. 

The University has a close relationship with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and last year, its chairman, Professor Stanley Wells, spoke to us about the discovery of a portrait of William Shakespeare, believed to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made from life - watch the video here. If you have any unanswered questions about Shakespeare, you can ask Prof Stanley Wells in our “Ask the Expert” feature.

Each year, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust hosts “The Great Shakespeare Debate” - an annual competition that aims to encourage young people to use their own voices and powers of persuasion to engage with the legacy that Shakespeare has left us. We went along with Carol Rutter, Professor of English and Co-Director of IATL, to see what they had to say about the Bard and how his work is still relevant today.

We also look at the impact of Shakespeare around the world. We spoke to Dr Margaret Shewring about how international performances of Shakespeare have been transformed over the last few decades as translations have become more interpretative. This was in evidence at Warwick Arts Centre recently as they showed an adaptation of The Tempest in Russian and we spoke to the play’s director, Declan Donnellan.

We even have a competition for you with the chance to win a pair of cinema tickets to see Julie Taymor’s adaptation of The Tempest staring Helen Mirren, Felicity Jones and Russell Brand at Warwick Arts Centre. The showing is on Wednesday 4th May and includes a post-show discussion with Prof Jonathan Bate, an academic in English and Comparative Literary Studies and script consultant for the film. Keep an eye out on the Knowledge Centre for details on how to enter.  

Also on the Knowledge Centre, we have an interview with Theatre Director, Prof Max Stafford-Clark reminiscing about his time at the Swan Theatre; Jonathan Heron, Research Associate at IATL and Artistic Director of Fail Better Productionstells us about the links between Beckett and Shakespeare; and we revisit a past CAPITAL event that looked at how Shakespeare wrote about the human brain looking at things such as depression, schizophrenia and anxiety. 

As always, we look forward to hearing your throughts on our "Share Your Thoughts" page - what's your favourite Shakespeare play? Who's your favourite character? Is Shakespeare still relevant today? And should it be taught in schools? Leave your comments below and let us know...

The Royal Wedding Around the World

It's just under a month away, but already the news, discussion and speculation about the Royal Wedding is building, and like everyone else, Warwick academics and alumni have their views too! During the week of the Royal Wedding, we will (naturally) be featuring some content related to this national and international event!

We have an interview with Warwick academic, Prof Rebecca Probert, School of Law on “The Rights and Wrongs of Royal Marriage” and we’ll be featuring a book extract from Prof Stephen Gundle’s “Glamour: A History” about the glamour of the royal family. We alos hope to bring you a live chat with PhD student Sam Lyle about the rise of the middle classes! Look out for it between the 26-28 of April. 

We’re also looking for international royal wedding correspondents - we would love to hear from our overseas alumni about how the forthcoming Royal Wedding is being portrayed by international media. Are they looking forward to it, perplexed or oblivious? If you would like to write a short commentary about the Royal Wedding in your country, then please leave a comment below or email 

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