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Cultural Capital: Shakespeare
Guide to support events in the Library, College and the wider environment.
The RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) has created this excellent Learning Zone with everything you could possibly want to know about the bard and his works. Click on the link to find key facts, key scenes, pictures from past productions, and videos of actors and directors working on and performing the plays. You can also find out more about your favourite characters and how they relate to each other.
Collection of essays by Shakespeare scholars that have been selected for students at the high school or undergraduate level. Each entry includes an introduction; a plot synopsis; a character list; a discussion of the work's principal themes; information about the style and literary devices used; a conversation about the work's historical context; and a critical overview.
Performing the work of William Shakespeare can be daunting to new actors. With exercises, improvisations, and coaching points, Acting Shakespeare is Outrageous! helps actors use the words Shakespeare wrote as a tool to perform him, and to create exciting and moving performances.
Full text database that includes information from reference works, books,and journal articles. This database is useful for literary criticism, author biographies, book reviews and the text of classic and contemporary literature.
Please use your college username and password to access this database.
Get Outside while inside
Everyone around the world can now walk around Shakespeare’s Globe with this virtual tour and 360 iOS app. Or you can also go inside for a tour of where his most famous plays were performed.
The Globe is streaming 6 performances of Shakespeare's plays, one at a time, on rotation every two weeks, as part of their 'YouTube Premiers'. Watch Hamlet, originally performed from 2018, available until 19th April, followed by Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Two Nobel Kinsmen, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Winters Tale. Hamlet starts at 7 but you can rewind to the beginning.
The RSC will be broadcasting six of their plays on the BBC between now and September. Details of the broadcasts are yet to be announced, but check this page to keep updated.
Macbeth (2018), directed by Polly Findlay with Christopher Eccleston and Niamh Cusack
Hamlet (2016), directed by Simon Godwin with Paapa Essiedu
Each lecture in this series focuses on a single play by Shakespeare, and employs a range of different approaches to try to understand a central critical question about it. The series aims to show the variety of different ways we might understand Shakespeare, the kinds of evidence that might be used to strengthen our critical analysis, and, above all, the enjoyable and unavoidable fact that Shakespeare's plays tend to generate our questions rather than answer them.