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BritGrad Shakespeare Conference 2012

January 30, 2012

This just in:

“We invite graduate students with interests in both Shakespeare and Renaissance studies to join us in June for the Fourteenth Annual British Graduate Conference.

The interdisciplinary conference provides a friendly but stimulating academic forum in which graduate students from all over the world can present their research and meet together in an active centre of Shakespeare research: Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Undergraduate students in their final two years of study are also invited to attend the conference as auditors.

The conference will feature talks by Peter Holland (Notre Dame), Tiffany Stern (Oxford), Paul Menzer (Mary Baldwin), and Katherine Duncan-Jones (Oxford). Delegates also have the opportunity to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Richard III, part of the World Shakespeare Festival, at a group-booking price. Lunch will be provided on each day, and we will be hosting a dance and a drinks reception for the delegates.

We invite abstracts of approximately 200 words for papers twenty minutes in length (3,000 words or less) on subjects relating to Shakespeare and Renaissance studies. Delegates wishing to give papers must register by Friday May 4, 2012. Due to the growing success of this annual conference, we strongly encourage early registration to ensure a place on the conference programme.”

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Act One: King Lear in Cardiff

January 4, 2012

31st January – 4th February 2012 (7pm)

YMCA Theatre

A dramatic re-telling of one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, this production seeks to bring Lear to a wider audience by heightening the violence and raw power of the text, and re-imagining some of its famous characters.

Britain in the not-too-distant future. The world has been torn apart by natural disasters, political crisis and war, and society has long since crumbled. Criminal gangs control what is left of the dilapidated cities.

Lear is the weary leader of a gang of survivors, when tragedy strikes and he splits his kingdom between his two sadistic daughters, banishing the third into the arms of his enemy. Meanwhile, ex-policeman Gloucester is corrupted by his bitter illegitimate son Edmund, forcing his older son to flee into the decaying underbelly of the city.

Torn apart by deceit, betrayal and madness, the characters begin to fight amongst themselves. A storm breaks over the city.

For some, the world will end.


See trailer at

Directed by Madison Fowler & Piers Horner


YMCA Theatre

The Walk


CF24 3AG


02920 781 458

Tickets £6 students, £6.50- non-students

Visit Act One – Cardiff University’s theatre company – here.


Cardiff Shakespeare 2011 in review

January 1, 2012

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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