Archive for April, 2010


Cardiff Shakespeare reaches 2000 hits

April 30, 2010

Cardiff Shakespeare has now reached over 2000 thousand hits since it was launched in early March this year.

Thank you to all those who have supported with helpful comments and suggestions.

Coming soon…

Improvements to Shakespeare journals page

Cardiff Shakespeare publications

Conference news


Richard Burton to have Cardiff college theatre named after him

April 30, 2010


A college’s new 160-seat theatre is to be named after actor Richard Burton, the Prince of Wales has confirmed.

The Richard Burton Theatre is currently being built at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD) in Cardiff.

The announcement was made at a royal gala at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the college’s 60th anniversary. […]

The theatre, complete with dress circle and teaching gallery, is part of a £22.5m capital development project which began construction in the summer of 2009 and is due for completion in the spring of 2011. […]

Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen on 10 November 1925, the 12th of 13 children. The Jenkins family was working class and Welsh speaking, and his father worked in the mines.

He had a talent for English and Welsh literature at school and was later adopted by his influential schoolmaster Philip Burton.

After serving in the Second World War as an RAF navigator he moved to London to find work as an actor.

His profile rose as he gave one acclaimed stage performance after another and after moving to Hollywood he established himself as a major force while continuing his well received theatre work.

In 1963 Burton starred as Mark Antony in the epic movie Cleopatra opposite Taylor in the title role and on set the two actors, both married to other people, fell in love. READ THE REST OF THE BBC ARTICLE HERE


Shakespeare’s Spiral

April 29, 2010

Shakespeare’s Spiral: Tracing the Snail in King Lear and Renaissance Painting is now available on Amazon. François-Xavier Gleyzon‘s original PhD was supervised at Lancaster University by Richard Wilson (Cardiff University) and Scott Wilson (who did his postgraduate work at Cardiff University).


CFP Shakespearean Moments Panel

April 28, 2010

Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) has submitted a CFP for a panel entitled:

Shakespearean Moments: “expectation whirls me round”

The panel will hopefully take place at The Renaissance Society of America conference in 2011 in Montreal.

For more information click here.

To consider Hamlet’s “To be, or not to be” speech an audience must think about what the future might have in store. Like many other Shakespearean moments, Hamlet reflects on past experience and ponders what’s to come while seeming to be stuck in a moment.

Besides the character’s expectations, however, the playwright may have had certain expectations of his players and the audience. Similarly, the audience may have expected something from the title of the play, the place where it was being performed, or which company was performing it, for example.

From a publishing point of view, the title pages, author and even printer may have created expectations, too, for a reading audience.

Shakespearean Moments, therefore, include the expectations of authors, actors, theatregoers, readers, editors, critics and publishers.

Please submit proposals to Johann Gregory at by Tuesday 18th May 2010 with:

Title and abstract (150 words)

Audio Visual Requirements

Institutional Affiliation

A few lines about your work



April 26, 2010

Cardiff University’s Medieval and Early Modern Research Initiative

The next MEMORI lecture will be on Thursday April 29th. Andrew J. Johnston (Freie Universität Berlin) will be speaking on:

‘The Art of Degeneration: The Classical and the Oriental in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale and Squire’s Tale‘.

5.15pm in room 2.03, Humanities Building

MEMORI is funded by the School of English, Communication and Philosophy.


Shakespeare App Hits 1 Million Mark

April 25, 2010

“The Shakespeare app for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch passed the 1 million mark for number of downloads this week. The free Shakespeare app, a cooperative project between Readdle and, was in the first wave of apps just after Apple® launched the iTunes App Store in August 2008.”

Lots of interesting resources on this website:


Henry Vaughan Colloquium

April 24, 2010

Elizabeth Ford, a Shakespeare PhD student at Cardiff University, gave a paper at the Henry Vaughan Colloquium in Brecon today. The Henry Vaughan Colloquium is associated with the annual journal Scintilla, edited by Peter Thomas (Cardiff University).

Visit the new Vaughan Association website.

Who was Henry Vaughan?


Shakespeare and Wales in the media

April 24, 2010

Despite the volcano, the Shakespeare and Wales symposium at Cardiff University went ahead as planned bringing together scholars from different parts of Wales, as well as much further afield. The event was well attended, with knowledgable participation and thought provoking speakers. […to be continued]

Professor Richard Wilson was interviewed about Shakespeare and Wales on BBC RADIO WALES just before the symposium. The interview can be accessed for a while here. Go to 2hr.24mins into the programme.

The Shakespeare and Wales symposium was also covered here:

Cardiff University Press Release

BBC WALES NEWS on Shakespeare and Wales containing an interview with Michael Bogdanov

Welsh Icons

World News

The Guardian: Cardiff

The Western Mail – Wales Online


YouTube Shakespeare

April 23, 2010

It is possible that it will not be long  before Shakespeare is normally seen first not in the theatre but on YouTube.

To celebrate the bard’s birthday, then, this page will begin to collect links to weird and wonderful Shakespeare-related video clips.

For many they will be a comic respite from more serious academic study, while they could also form the basis for an as yet unwritten thesis on Shakespeare on the tube. What can be said about the cultural capital of a moment, for example, when The Beatles perform Shakespeare which, years later, becomes replayble again and again around the world?


Shakespeare Events April 23rd

April 22, 2010

Besides the Shakespeare and Wales Symposium at Cardiff University, there is a whole host of events taking place to celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday tomorrow. See below:

Shakespeare Events in the UK

Shakespeare Events in the USA and Canada

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