Archive for March, 2010


Shakespeare and Wales

March 29, 2010

Shakespeare and Wales

Public Lecture and Symposium

Friday April 23rd, 2010

The afternoon will include a lecture by the award winning theatre director, Michael Bogdanov, and a symposium led by scholars from around the world.

Bydd gweithgareddau’r prynhawn yn cynnwys darlith gan y cyfarwyddwr theatr enwog, Michael Bogdanov, ynghyd â symposiwm a arweinir gan ysgolheigion o bedwar ban y byd.

Wallace Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Cardiff University

12pm  Public Lecture:

Michael Bogdanov, “The Welsh in Shakespeare”

2.30-6pm Symposium: “Shakespeare and Wales”

Participants include:

David J. Baker (North Carolina)
Michael Bogdanov (Theatre/Film Director)
Martin Coyle (Cardiff)
Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Picardie)
Katie Gramich (Cardiff)
Lisa Hopkins (Sheffield Hallam)
Chris Ivic (Bath Spa)
Margaret Jones-Davies (Sorbonne)
Willy Maley (Glasgow)
Stewart Mottram (Aberystwyth)
Philip Schwyzer (Exeter)
Margaret Tudeau-Clayton (Neuchâtel)
Richard Wilson (Cardiff)

Generously supported by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Admission is free, but please register your interest in attending by sending an email to or by telephone on 029 2087 6049. The event will take place in Cardiff University’s Main Building, opposite the Students’ Union on Park Place, CF10 3AT.

View symposium poster here and the university’s symposium website here.

Learn more about the portrait of Philip Proger here.

The Main Building is no. 39 on the map here.


Over 500 hits for Cardiff Shakespeare

March 29, 2010

It is now exactly twenty five days since this Cardiff Shakespeare site was set up. In this time it’s had over 500 ‘hits’.

Shakespeare, no doubt, would have felt pretty smug.


Cardiff Shakespeare on facebook

March 24, 2010

Cardiff Shakespeare is now on facebook “For those

interested in sharing news about Shakespeare related

research and events in Cardiff and further afield”.

To visit the group click here.


Cardiff Shakespeare Readers: All’s Well That Ends Well.

March 18, 2010

The next Cardiff Shakespeare Readers gathering will take place this Sunday.

All’s Well That Ends Well

March 21st 2010, 6.30pm, MEDIA POINT, Chapter, Cardiff.

Click here for more information.


How ‘lost’ can a Shakespeare play be?

March 16, 2010

‘Lost’ Shakespeare play Double

Falsehood published (BBC NEWS)

BBC NEWS 15th March 2010

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare collaborated on two other plays with Fletcher

A play which was first discovered nearly 300 years ago has been credited to William Shakespeare.

The work, titled Double Falsehood, was written by the playwright and another dramatist, John Fletcher.

Theatre impresario Lewis Theobald presented the play in the 18th century as an adaptation of a Shakespeare play but it was dismissed as a forgery.

But scholars for British Shakespeare publisher, Arden, now believe the Bard wrote large parts of the play.

Researchers think the play is based on a long-lost work called Cardenio, which was itself based on Don Quixote.

“I think Shakespeare’s hand can be discerned in Act One, Act Two and probably the first two scenes in Act Three of the play,” Professor Brean Hammond told the BBC’s World Service.

Professor Hammond of Nottingham University is the editor of the latest Arden Shakespeare collection, which includes Double Falsehood.

“At least half of the plays written in the period were written collaboratively,” Hammond told Radio 4’s Today programme.

It is already established that Shakespeare wrote two other plays with Fletcher towards the end of his career, Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsman.

Professor Hammond believes Double Falsehood was written shortly after the translation of Don Quixote came out in 1612.

The play was performed at least twice in 1613.

Read Double Falsehood here.


Shakespeare and Wales

March 9, 2010

April 23rd in Cardiff

Watch this space for information about the official book launch of Shakespeare and Wales: From the Marches to the Assembly.

Edited by Willy Maley and Philip Schwyzer

Shakespeare and Wales offers a ‘Welsh correction’ to a long-standing deficiency. It explores the place of Wales in Shakespeare’s drama and in Shakespeare criticism, covering ground from the absorption of Wales into the Tudor state in 1536 to Shakespeare on the Welsh stage in the twenty-first century. Shakespeare’s major Welsh characters, Fluellen and Glendower, feature prominently, but the Welsh dimension of the histories as a whole, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Cymbeline also come in for examination. The volume also explores the place of Welsh-identified contemporaries of Shakespeare such as Thomas Churchyard and John Dee, and English writers with pronounced Welsh interests such as Spenser, Drayton and Dekker. This volume brings together experts in the field from both sides of the Atlantic, including leading practitioners of British Studies, in order to establish a detailed historical context that illustrates the range and richness of Shakespeare’s Welsh sources and resources, and confirms the degree to which Shakespeare continues to impact upon Welsh culture and identity even as the process of devolution in Wales serves to shake the foundations of Shakespeare’s status as an unproblematic English or British dramatist.”



March 9, 2010

Cardiff University’s Medieval and Early-Modern Research Initiative

Announcing our next guest lecture:

‘The Places of the Gods on the English Renaissance Stage’

Lisa Hopkins Sheffield Hallam University

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