Archive for May, 2011


BBC Shakespeare to be filmed in Wales

May 31, 2011

from ATV Today:

A major new cycle of Shakespeare’s four most acclaimed historical works will be brought to BBC Two in 2012 as part of a season based on the Bard’s life and works.

Involving some of the most pre-eminent Shakespearian actors and directors of our time, the films will consist of bold adaptations of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V, set in the Medieval period and filmed on locations around the UK and Europe.

Filming on Richard II, the first of the four films, will commence next month in Wales. Locations include St David’s Cathedral and Pembroke Castle, both being used for the first time as filming locations for a production of this scale. Production designer will be Andrew McAlpine, with Danny Cohen as Director of Photography and Odile Dicks Mireaux as Costume Designer.

Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC Drama, says, “A fitting ensemble of some of this country’s finest acting talent have assembled for Richard II, the first of four film versions of Shakespeare’s History plays on BBC Two in 2012. Shooting entirely on location, the director Rupert Goold brings a scale never before attempted on TV to the work by using St David’s Cathedral and Pembroke Castle in Wales to give audiences something entirely unique.”

Find out more here.


CFP : Shakespeare et la mémoire 2012

May 30, 2011

Congrès Société Française Shakespeare 2012

(March 22-24, 2012)

Shakespeare and his contemporaries invent new styles, interpretations or imaginary models by tapping the most ancient sources of collective memory, those most frequently imitated, in literature, history, legend, mythology, iconography… Simultaneously, an unprecedented crisis in learning and representations questions the validity of creative methods based on such acquired knowledge, saturated with references to the past Europe was built on, thus shaking its constitutive cult and culture of memory. Montaigne, although he had no objection himself to repeating and borrowing, denounced its oppressive weight: “There’s more ado to interpret interpretations than to interpret things, and more books upon books than upon any other subject. We do but enter-glose our selves. All swarms with commentaries; of Authors there is great penury. Is not the chiefest and most famous knowledge of our ages to know how to understand the wise?”

Read the rest of the call for papers here

Proposals (title and 1/2 page abstract) by 30 September 2011


British Academy Shakespeare Lecture (Audio)

May 29, 2011

Mind the Gap – Making Meaning in the Theatre

The 2011 British Academy Shakespeare Lecture by Professor Laurie Maguire (University of Oxford).  Introduced and chaired by Sir Brian Vickers (Institute of English Studies)

Drama, in Martin Meisel’s neat definition, is the ‘management of audience expectation’. This lecture will explore some of the ways in which Shakespeare’s plays cue and manage audience expectation, response, and understanding. Laurie Maguire will look at how audiences process plot and emotions, how they interpret character and language, and how Shakespeare and his contemporaries train audiences to ‘read’ plays. A key component of the lecture will be the changing status of character criticism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Considering Shakespeare’s characters as if they are real people with motivations has long been outlawed in academic circles; yet character remains a consistent point of entry for audiences. One aim of the lecture will be to effect a rapprochement between these two constituencies.

The audio can now be accessed here (in the right-hand panel).


CFP: The Winter’s Tale Symposium

May 28, 2011

Deadline: 31 July 2011

12 November 2011, Northern Renaissance Seminar series, University of Liverpool

This one-day Symposium is a part of the larger month-long Liverpool Winter’s Tale Festival celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. It aims to enhance our understanding of this complex play, and papers presented at the symposium may focus on the text at the moment of production, its relationship with its predecessors and contemporaries, both within Shakespeare’s own writing and beyond, its transmission through editorial processes, as well as its interpretation through contemporary performances and re-readings. Confirmed speakers include Helen Cooper (Cambridge), Subha Mukherji (Cambridge) and Lori Humphrey Newcomb (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign).

Proposals for 15-20 minute  papers, including titles and abstracts (of no more than 300 words) should be sent to Nandini Das ( before 31st July 2011.

The Seminar will also offer up to 3 bursaries of £100 each, which will be awarded to postgraduate speakers courtesy of the Society for Renaissance Studies,


BritGrad Shakespeare Conference

May 27, 2011

This year’s BritGrad Shakespeare Conference is taking place right now. Yesterday Alun Thomas (Cardiff University) presented a paper entitled:

“The Audience as Historian in Henry IV

Plenary Speakers:

Find out more here.


Early Modern Literature: Teaching Fellow

May 27, 2011

Teaching Fellow

Early Modern Literature

University of Leicester – School of English

Ref no: AHL00124

apply link:

salary from: £30870

salary to: £35788

location: Leicester

At Leicester we’re going places. Ranked in the top 12 universities in Britain our aim is to climb further. A commitment to high quality fused with an inclusive academic culture is our hallmark and led the Times Higher Education to describe us as “elite without being elitist.

This fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature will contribute significantly to the delivery of Renaissance literature and drama teaching in the School of English. We are looking for an Early Modern specialist to join our team of lecturers to deliver undergraduate teaching during the academic year 2011-12.

The closing date for this post is midnight on Sunday 12 June 2011.

We anticipate that interviews will take place on 23 June 2011.

Click here for Employer Profile


Rowan Williams on Shakespeare at Hay

May 26, 2011

Talking Shakespeare

Event 17 • Friday 27 May 2011, 4pm • Venue: Barclays Wealth Pavilion

As part of the day’s programme of conversations celebrating this year’s Michael Ramsey Prize the Archbishop of Canterbury discusses the work of the world’s greatest writer with one of Britain’s finest actors, Simon Russell Beale.

Find out more here.

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