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World Shakespeare Festival 2012

September 6, 2011


An “unprecedented gathering” of global performers and artists is to be revealed later today as part of the World Shakespeare Festival.

Next year’s festival, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company, is part of the Cultural Olympiad, a series of artistic events for the 2012 Olympics.

Festival director Deborah Shaw has said it will explore “tectonic shifts in society” through the bard’s plays.

Performances will take place both in London and across the UK.

The festival, which is also part of the Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 Festival, will run from 23 April to 9 September and celebrates Shakespeare as the “world’s playwright”.

Find out more and read more from the BBC here.


acoustic pop with contemporary opera to tell the story of an Elizabethan hero

July 3, 2011

Damon Albarn’s ‘folk opera’ Dr Dee makes debut



Musician Damon Albarn has unveiled an ambitious stage show that combines his acoustic pop with contemporary opera to tell the story of an Elizabethan hero.

He staged the premiere of “folk opera” Dr Dee, about the ill-fated scientist and occultist John Dee, in Manchester.

The show sees the Blur singer peform songs on a platform above the stage while actors and opera singers take part in an elaborate production below.

Dr Dee can be seen at the Palace Theatre in Manchester until 9 July and will open at the London Coliseum as part of the London 2012 Festival for the Cultural Olympiad next June.

It will move to the home of the English National Opera in London next summer.




Arts Meets Science in Cardiff

June 9, 2011

Wednesday 22nd June 2011, 3.45 – 6.00pm

BBC Hoddinott Hall, Wales Millennium Centre,

Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL 

A new network for academics in the humanities and social sciences is joining up with Science Alliance Cymru for the first time this Summer.  The Wales Culture Exchange and Science Alliance Cymru networks will be holding a joint networking event in the home of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. This event will give you an opportunity to meet academics from across South Wales as well as professional communicators from museums, theatre companies, art groups, and science communicators (among others), in order to exchange ideas on how best to work with the public and discuss potential partnerships, collaborations and areas of interest. Read more here.

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A ‘real Ophelia’ for Shakespeare?

June 8, 2011


An Oxford historian has found evidence of a story that could be the real-life inspiration for Shakespeare’s tragic character, Ophelia. Dr Steven Gunn has found a coroner’s report into the drowning of a Jane Shaxspere in 1569. The girl, possibly a young cousin of William Shakespeare, had been picking flowers when she fell into a millpond near Stratford upon Avon.

‘Local tragedy’

“It was quite a surprise to find Jane Shaxspere’s entry in the coroners’ reports – it might just be a coincidence, but the links to Ophelia are certainly tantalising,” he said.

The coroners’ report, originally written in Latin, describes the death of two-and-half-year-old Jane Shaxspere, who drowned picking marigolds in a stream beside a millpond.

The translation of the report records the cause, time and place. “By reason of collecting and holding out certain flowers called ‘yellow boddles’ growing on the bank of a certain small channel at Upton aforesaid called Upton millpond – the same Jane Shaxspere the said sixteenth day of June about the eighth hour after noon of the same day suddenly and by misfortune fell into the same small channel and was drowned in the aforesaid small channel; and then and there she instantly died.”

“And thus the aforesaid flowers were the cause of the death of the aforesaid Jane.”


Read more here.


Stolen Shakespeare Folio On Display

January 15, 2011


A rare folio of Shakespeare’s work is being displayed at Durham University.

The 1623 first edition of the bard’s work was stolen from the university in 1998. Its bindings and some pages were removed to try to disguise its origins.

Visitors to the exhibition at the new Wolfson Gallery at the university can view it in its current condition.

It will be conserved to protect it from damage after the exhibition. It is one of the earliest examples of a gathering together of the playwright’s work.

Raymond Scott, 53, of Wingate, County Durham, was cleared of stealing the book, but found guilty of handling stolen goods and jailed for eight years in July.

He was also convicted of taking stolen goods abroad.

Bill Bryson

The folio, which has an estimated value of £1.5m, will form the centrepiece of the Treasures of Durham University in the refurbished Wolfson Gallery.

The new gallery has undergone a £2.3m refurbishment, funded in part by a £500,000 donation from the Wolfson Foundation – a charity that awards grants to support excellence in the fields of science and medicine, health, education and the arts and humanities.

Chancellor of Durham University, Bill Bryson, is the guest curator of this first exhibition, which covers topics including culture, science, faith and religion, reform and rule, and local history.

The treasures have been drawn from collections across the university.

The Shakespeare First Folio will be on display until 6 March.

Visit the BBC page for this story here.

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