Archive for July, 2010


Stealing Shakespeare on the BBC

July 31, 2010

You should still be able watch the BBC documentary on BBC iplayer over the next five days. Click below:

The remarkable story of how a 53-year-old rare book dealer from the North East of England became the centre of a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a long lost Shakespeare First Folio.

The film follows bachelor Raymond Scott as he finds himself the focus of a worldwide investigation, involving the FBI, a Cuban fiancee and Durham CID.


Durham Conference: ‘Ideals and Values in the 17th Century’

July 20, 2010

Elizabeth Ford (Cardiff University) presented a paper today at Durham University. The conference is focused on ‘Ideals and Values in the 17th Century’.

Elizabeth Ford’s paper was entitled ‘Dramatic Ideals in Shakespeare’s Hamlet‘.

Find out more about the conference here.


Cardiff Shakespeare Readers: Anthony and Cleopatra

July 20, 2010


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

Anthony and Cleopatra

Sunday July 25th 2010, 6.30pm,

Media Point, Chapter, Cardiff.

Click here for more information.


Derrida Today: Limited Inc. T&C apply

July 17, 2010

Johann Gregory (Cardiff University) will be presenting a paper at the Derrida Today conference in London on Monday (July 19th). His paper is entitled “Derrida’s ‘thought of the promise’ and Troilus and Cressida“. The paper engages with Derrida’s Limited Inc and particularly the issues of context and the performance of promises on stage.

Visit the conference website here.


Controversy, Protest, Ridicule, Laughter, 1500-1750

July 15, 2010

Elizabeth Ford has recently returned from a conference at Reading University. She presented a paper on clowning in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus in a panel including Katherine Duncan-Jones and Roger Clegg.

Visit the conference website here.


Bare Knuckle Co’s ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’

July 14, 2010

Cardiff will be host to another Shakespeare production this summer – this time indoors. Bare Knuckle Company will perform their ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at The Gate:

“All seems well in the village of St Athens when Mayor Theseus announces he will marry Hippolyta, more commonly known amongst the local population as Queen of the Amazons. His peaceful walk across the countryside is ambushed by Egeus’ complaint that his daughter Hermia refuses to marry his chosen suitor, Flight Lieutenant Demetrius, since she’s in love with Lysander, who Egeus the pub landlord, heartily dislikes. Egeus calls on an ancient law forcing Theseus to declare that Hermia must marry Demetrius or choose between death or joining a nunnery. Lysander asks Hermia to elope with him to the forest. Hermia’s friend, Helena, learns of this and decides to inform Demetrius, whom she loves. Demetrius, though, loves Hermia. Confused yet? Meanwhile, the local am-dram society consisting of Peter Quince, Nick Bottom and a host of others organize a play to be performed at Theseus’ wedding. In the forest, Oberon King of the Fairies argues with Titania the Fairy Queen that he should have an orphaned child in her care for his page. To obtain the boy, Oberon orders the fairy Puck to obtain a flower from Cupid that will cause anyone to fall in love with the first person they see… and that’s when the fun really begins.”

Saturday 10 July, 7.30pm

Thursday 15 July, 7.30pm

Friday 16 July, 7.30pm

Saturday 17 July, 7.30pm

For more information click here.


Shakespeare’s Promise: Articles from Johann Gregory and Richard Wilson

July 11, 2010

The latest issue of the journal Shakespeare is a rather special one as far as Cardiff is concerned because it includes articles from both Johann Gregory and Richard Wilson at Cardiff University.

Shakespeare’s “sugred Sonnets”, Troilus and Cressida and the Odcombian Banquet: An exploration of promising paratexts, expectations and matters of taste – Johann Gregory

This study centres on the promises that the first printed paratexts of Troilus and Cressida seem to be making before the action of the play begins. These promises are not identical to the promises made between people or characters, but, like these promises, they create expectations and make associations. This exploration, therefore, begins by taking “Sonnet 107” as an example of a text that makes promises, in order to set up the notion of promising texts. It then focuses on the Sonnets‘ dedication, before moving on to consider the title pages and the epistle to Troilus and Cressida. Finally, it attempts to make sense of the culinary terms in the paratexts to Troilus and Cressida by using the Folio prologue to the play and the Odcombian Banquet to show that readers’ and playgoers’ experiences were often imagined as a matter of taste that seem linked to a burgeoning consumer culture.
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