We've been busy adding new themes to our Shakespeare hub over the summer, with specially-commissioned videos, fascinating articles, and interactive content, plus selected scholarly articles made freely available for the duration of this Shakespearean year.
Discover more by clicking on the links below.
Shakespeare and the Supernatural
On the thrilling cusp between superstition and rationality, Shakespeare’s plays exploit the theatre as a place of make-believe and fantasy.
Shakespeare and Music
Like Cleopatra, many of Shakespeare’s lovers demand "music, music, moody food": but early modern music has connections with religious conflict and with mathematics as much as with festivity and feeling.
Shakespeare and Nature
Early critics praised Shakespeare as the poet of nature—as if the natural world, rather than scholarship, was his inspiration. For Shakespeare nature is experienced and learned.
Shakespeare and Performance
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Shakespeare was not a university wit but an actor, steeped in the practical world of theatre. His plays often preserve the stagecraft of their original performance spaces, and reveal new depths when we see them as theatrical scripts.