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September 03, 2009

Critics, actors and academics to probe the pains and pleasures of Shakespearean theatre criticism

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Theatre directors, reviewers, students, actors and academics from universities, including the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University, are set to gather at a first-of-a-kind conference dedicated to analysing and debating the current state of Shakespearean theatre criticism.

July 14, 2008

RSC Actors Receive Postgraduate Award for Teaching Shakespeare

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The postgraduate award for teaching Shakespeare was launched in 2007 by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the CAPITAL Centre at the University of Warwick.

RSC actor Miles Richardson and Professor Jonathan Neelands talk about the course’s success.

April 11, 2008

Children in Shakespeare

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The director of the CAPITAL centre at Warwick, Professor Carol Rutter, talks about her latest book entitled Shakespeare and Child’s Play: Performing Lost Boys on Stage and Screen.

November 30, 2007

Writing about Shakespeare

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René Weis talks about his biography of William Shakespeare entitled ‘Shakespeare Revealed: A biography’ and Elizabeth Schafer discusses her book, ‘Lilian Baylis: A Biography’ on the influential Shakespearean director.

September 25, 2007

Speaking Shakespeare

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The art of speaking Shakespeare is discussed by actors Ben Crystal, an expert in pronunciation of the Shakespearian period, Patrice Naiambana originally from Sierra Leone and actress Janet Dale along with writer and broadcaster Paul Allen.

April 23, 2007

Editing the Complete Works of Shakespeare

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Professor Jonathan Bate discusses editing a new edition of the Complete Works of Shakespeare.


Why is this a significant edition
Using the First Folio
Does editing the Complete Works bring new perspectives
How has the language and grammar changed
Is this a bawdier Shakespeare
How important is the historical context
Is this edition about the written word or performance
Do we underestimate the impact of actors and directors on Shakespeare
Should we muck about with the plays
Does this strengthen Shakespeare’s status

March 16, 2007

Falstaff – a tragic wit or fool and jester?

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Paul Allen talks about Falstaff, one of Shakespeare’s greatest roles.


Why is Falstaff considered to be a great Shakespearean role
What is the impact of Falstaff
Is he a clown or a subversive character
The origins of Falstaff
How was he perceived by Shakespeares contemporaries
Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor
How have our perceptions of Falstaff changed
Interpretations of Falstaff
The demise of Falstaff
Is Falstaff a tragic or comic figure

January 24, 2007

The Women who have played Hamlet

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Tony Howard talks about his research looking at the women who have played Hamlet and the influence they have had on both the play and society.

Length: 29 minutes


Why have some many women wanted to play Hamlet
Is is the act of playing Hamlet that is empowering for Women, or is there something about the character
How does Hamlet relate to feminism
Is there a desire to play Hamlet because women in Shakespeare’s plays don’t carry enough political significance
The female Hamlet in Russia and Eastern Europe
How have audience reactions changed
Who have been the great female Hamlets
Have other traditional Shakespearean male roles been sought by Women
What about a female Macbeth or Othello
Have female Hamlets informed the way male actors approach the role
Has our understanding of the play changed
Are there any examples of male Ophelia’s
Does a female Hamlet still have the power to shock

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