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Exhibit: Shakespeare In Ten Acts at the British Library

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616). The British Library has honoured his contribution to English literature and the stage in a celebratory exhibition that runs until September 6th. British Library curators, Julian Harrison and Zoë Wilcox, have crafted an impressive exhibit that covers Shakespeare’s importance in ten acts.

‘Now Is the Winter of Our Discontent’: “Good” King Richard Takes the Stage

The Golden Age Theatre Company, who put on this reboot of Richard’s life, tried to portray a different side of the story

REVIEW: The Ballad of Robin Hood

Over the holiday season, Southwark Playhouse is presenting their reinterpretation of The Ballad of Robin Hood.

Religious Education as the Basis of Medieval Literature

The medieval literature was written with a purpose to teach Christian dogmas to the masses. The prose and poetry of the time meant to show men the ugliness of sin and the beauty of goodness.

THINGS TO SEE: Murder in the Cathedral

This is my review of the T.S. Eliot’s play, “Murder in the Cathedral”, on at St. Bartholomew in Smithfield, London.

Substitution: Theatrical Sleight of Hand in Medieval Plays

Substitution is concerned with replacing one thing with another. This is straight forward enough. But to what extent is the replacement indistinguishable from the original in order to qualify as substitution?

Poetics and beyond: noisy bodies and aural variations in medieval English outdoor performance

Pilate opens the Tapiters and Couchers guild’s pageant of Christ before Pilate I in the York Corpus Christi Play by asserting himself acoustically, threatening those who ‘cruelly are cry and’.

Caught in the (One-)Act: Staging Sex in Late Medieval French Farce

Caught in the (One-)Act: Staging Sex in Late Medieval French Farce Sharon D. King Paper given at the 14th Triennial Colloquium of the Société Internationale pour l’étude du Théâtre Médiéval Poznań, Poland, 22nd – 27th July (2013) Abstract Among the myriad subjects for comical delectation of audiences of late medieval France,the rules and roles of […]

Taking (and Giving) Blows: Patterns of Violence and Spectacle in Le Mystère de Saint Martin (1496)

What I would like to do here is examine the passages of violence and other bits of scenography, moving from the macro to the micro level and back again, over the three- day play. With 260 rubrics (stage directions) embodied in the text, a manuscript nearly contemporaneous with the performance itself, we have a unique opportunity to visualize much of the action on stage.

Manifestations of the Grotesque and Carnivalesque Body in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal

Manifestations of the Grotesque and Carnivalesque Body in Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal Brian Gourley (School of English, Queen’s University Belfast)Queen’s University Belfast, Quest, Vol.1 (2006) Abstract Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde Inseglet) remains arguably his best-known work. If one talks of the existence of a genre of medieval film, and subsequently, the […]

Shakespeare’s Richard II: Machiavelli for the Good of England

The name Machiavelli has negative connotations, and this way of thinking is not new. Throughout Europe, in Shakespeare’s time and earlier, Machiavellianism was associated with unscrupulous abuse of power, and Machiavellian methods were seen as immoral and evil.

The Middle Ages after the Middle Ages. Medievalism in the Study of European Drama and Theatre History

If we are going to acknowledge the afterlife of medieval genres, subject matters, motifs and techniques, three methods of research are preferable: 1. looking for simple continuity, 2. taking into account residual afterlife of medieval items in popular culture including folklore, and 3. recognizing the phenomena of the renewal of medieval genres in later ages.

Craftsmanship of the Digby Mary Magdalene play

The Digby Mary Magdalene is contained in the Digby MS. 133 of the Bodlein Library. Included in the Manuscript are three other plays, Killing of the Children, The Conversion of St Paul, and a portion of Wisdom.

‘I do mistake my person all this while’: Blindness and Illusion in Richard III

‘I do mistake my person all this while’: Blindness and Illusion in Richard III Rutter Giappone, Krista Bonello (University of Kent) Skepsi: Bad Behaviour in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Volume III, Issue 1, Summer (2010)  Abstract The article addresses issues of ‘beyond text’ through a ‘poststructuralist’ reading of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Richard III. […]

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