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Upcoming Events

Touchstone aims to list all Shakespeare-related activity in the UK. Please contact us at touchstone@bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 9525 if you have information that should be listed.

Ongoing

27 March – 18 December. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Gardens. ‘Artists Open Days’. We are inviting artists and enthusiasts to come and capture the beauty of Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens throughout the changing seasons.

Bring your easel or sketch pad and enjoy free entry to the gardens on the following dates in 2014: 27 March, 26 June, 25 September, 18 December.

All we ask in return is for the opportunity to include your work in an exhibition to be held in 2015, showing the house and gardens at different times of the year. For more information, please contact the events team on 01789 201844.


September 2014

9 September. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. John Wyver. “From stage to screen: producing RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon”. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

13 -14 September. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Heritage Open Days and Behind the Scenes Tours of the Shakespeare Centre: Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that usually charge an admission fee or are closed altogether to the public. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Meet our knowledgable and friendly staff and explore the Shakespeare Centre, built next to Shakespeare's Birthplace on Henley Street in 1964 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. The tour will focus on the mid-century craftsmanship of the building as well as unique pieces of art that were specially commissioned for its opening. Please visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for further details and booking information.

14 September. Shakespeare’s Globe. Read Not Dead. Duchess of Amalfi’s Steward by Lope de Vega. “Derived from the same source as Webster’s Jacobean masterpiece Duchess of Amalfi’s Steward is a verse tragedy from the Spanish Golden Age.” Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 4pm. Tickets: 15 (12).

18 September. Shakespeare’s Globe. Shakespeare at 450. Professor Lisa Jardine (University College London). Four former Sam Wanamaker Fellows have been invited back to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to present their own perspectives on Shakespeare on the page and in performance in his 450th anniversary year. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, 7pm. Tickets: 15/10 (Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe/Students). 

21 September. Shakespeare’s Globe. Research in Action.”Drama and Dramaturgy 2”. “Join us for the final workshop of this season, when Globe actor Philip Bird returns for another session exploring the staging capabilities of the indoor playhouse.” Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 3-5:30pm. Tickets: 12 (7).

27 – 28 September. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Apple Days: Tudor celebration of the apple harvest at Mary Arden's Farm. Our longest running event and one of the highlights of the Farm's calendar. Michaelmas marks the end of the fishing season and the beginning of the hunting season. It was the time to pick apples and make cider and was one of the 'quarter days' when the Tudors would settle rents and accounts.

         Apple variety display by Andy Howard of the Heritage Fruit Tree Co.

         Apple themed games such as apple-bobbing

         Craft demonstrations including wool craft, willow fence making and woodwork

         Period and modern craft traders

         Tudor cooking displays (with apple recipes of course!)

         Tudor music & dancing

         Cider and apple juice bar provided by The Fleece Inn

Normal admission applies, so if you're already a valid ticket holder you can come and join in for free!

October 2014 

1 – 5 October. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Shakespeare Film Festival. Stratford Picture House, Windsor Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. (no details available as of 6 September). Information and tickets: 08719 025 741.

2 October. Shakespeare’s Globe. Shakespeare at 450. Professor Stanley Wells (The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust). Four former Sam Wanamaker Fellows have been invited back to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to present their own perspectives on Shakespeare on the page and in performance in his 450th anniversary year. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, 7pm. Tickets: 15/10 (Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe/Students). 

7 October. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. Nicholas Fogg. “’Get thee glass eyes’: a view of Shakespeare and politics”. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

9 October. Guildhall Theatre, Derby. Ashrow Theatre Company. Director Talks: The Merchant of Venice.  5:15-6pm.  We offer talks with members of each production's creative team. These pre-show, onstage events offer a chance to hear the director, producer and/or actors in conversation, revealing some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships this is a fascinating insight into the creative process.  Tickets: free with tickets for show.
Tickets at: www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/the-merchant-of-venice.

9 October. Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester. Walter Carroll lunchtime concert series: Shakespeare à la Russe - Voice and piano. 1.10pm. Free. http://events.manchester.ac.uk

10 October. Royal Shakespeare Company: Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Director Talks; Love’s Labour’s Lost. We offer talks with members of each production's creative team. These pre-show, onstage events offer a chance to hear the director and/or writer in conversation, revealing some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships this is a fascinating insight into the creative process. 5.15pm - 6pm onstage in the theatre auditorium; tickets cost 5.

13 October. Royal Shakespeare Company: Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Director Talks; Love’s Labour’s Won (or Much Ado about Nothing). We offer talks with members of each production's creative team. These pre-show, onstage events offer a chance to hear the director and/or writer in conversation, revealing some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships this is a fascinating insight into the creative process. 5.15pm - 6pm onstage in the theatre auditorium; tickets cost 5.

28 October. Royal Shakespeare Company: Swan Theatre; Director Talks; The Witch of Edmonton. We offer talks with members of each production's creative team. These pre-show, onstage events offer a chance to hear the director and/or writer in conversation, revealing some of the influences and decisions that have created the production. From rehearsal room processes and design choices, to characterisation and relationships this is a fascinating insight into the creative process. 5.15pm - 6pm onstage in the theatre auditorium; tickets cost 5.

November 2014

11 November. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. Jeremy Irons. Presidential Evening. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

16 November. University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Shakespeare on the Road. Acting Against the Grain: Non-traditional Shakespeare. “The University of Warwick and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust will bring together actors and academics from England and the USA who have worked ‘against the grain’: against racial and gender stereotypes, against ingrained habits of casting, and against cultural expectations, to talk about what Shakespeare’s stories and language can tell us about our lives.” Participants include Nicholas Baily (National Theatre, Eastenders), Paul Prescott (University of Warwick) and Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Wolfson Hall, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 5:30pm. Free.

17 November. University of Birmingham and 1623 Company. Being Human in King Lear: Perspectives from contemporary theatre and medical practice. Panel discussion including Dr. Erin Sullivan, Ben Spiller and Christopher Lydon. “The project takes its inspiration from Shakespeare’s King Lear, which itself questions the nature of the human mind and what happens to it as a result of ageing, trauma, and loss.” University of Birmingham (Main Campus), 5pm. Free.

17 November. National Theatre. Archive Learning Day: King Lear. “Using screenings of past productions, prompt books, costume bibles, production images and press reviews, Archive Learning Days explore key NT productions and genres.” National Theatre, Clore Learning Centre, Cottesloe Room. 10am – 3:30pm. Free, booking required. 020 7452 3000.

December 2014

9 December. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. Professor Carol Chillington Rutter. “’Hear the ambassadors!’: Henry Wotton in Venice”. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

January 2015

13 January. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. Professor Tiffany Stern. “’O bitter, Black and Tragical’: Tragic performance on the Shakespeare stage”. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

21 – 24 January. Winter School. Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. “The course will be structured around the RSC’s productions of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Love’s Labour’s Won (also known as Much Ado About Nothing), and Oppenheimer. Tickets: 250 including theatre tickets; 135 excluding theatre tickets. Information: 01789 207 131 or e-mail education1@shakespeare.org.uk.

February 2015

10 February. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. Professor Eugene Giddens. “Amicability in Jonson and Shakespeare”. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

March 2015

10 March. Shakespeare Club, Stratford-upon-Avon. Dr. Sophie Duncan. “Shakespeare and the Sufragettes”. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. 7:45pm. Annual subscription: 15; Single lecture: 3; Students: Free.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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