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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.

August 2014 

3 August. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival: Desert Island Poems with Dame Judi Dench; 7.00pm – 9.00pm at the Shakespeare Centre. Bringing this year’s festival to a glittering close is this very special evening in the company of Dame Judi Dench, who will be sharing her favourite poems. Prof. Stanley Wells will be in conversation with our guest, talking about her life in theatre and the reasons behind her selection and which one she would save from the incoming tide.
Adult: 18, Concession: 16, Friends: 15.

 5 August.  Royal Shakespeare Company. The Swan Theatre. Director Talks: The White Devil.  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 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.  Tickets 5.  Purchase tickets online or by calling the RSC Ticket Hotline: 0844 800 1114. 

23 – 25 August. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: Tudor Harvest Fair at Mary Arden's Farm; Meet the woodsman, shepherd, midwife, maid and others at the job centre as they look for harvest work at our traditional Tudor Hiring Fair. Talk to the workers and decide who you'd hire and browse a range of Tudor stalls at the market. Normal admission applies so valid ticket holders can come along for free!

30 August. Shakespeare’s Globe. Study Day: Comedy of Errors. “A day of workshops and seminars led by leading scholars and theatre artists, exploring the text, context and performance of Comedy of Errors.” Sackler Studios, Shakespeare’s Globe. 10am – 6 pm. Tickets: 50/40 (Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe/Student).  

September 2014

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.


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). 

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 

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). 

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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