dimanche 10 avril 2011

Royal Shakespeare Company: 50th Anniversary Season

Le présent billet a été rédigé par Jonathan Goldberg, que je remercie. Une traduction en français sera publiée prochainement sur ce blog.


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Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon


On April 14, 2011, the Royal Shakespeare Company will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a new series of plays at its four theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon, the town in northern England where William Shakespeare was born in 1564 and died in 1616. (1)  The names of the theatres are The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, The Swan Theatre, The Courtyard Theatre and The Other Place.

Henry V by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Roundhouse

Interior of Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Actor Geoffrey Streatfeild in the RSC's Henry V. Photograph: Tristram Kenton

On April 12, the British Royal Mail will issue six stamps and a miniature sheet to commemorate the occasion.


The website of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre: www.rsc.org.uk

Other sources:




The Miniature Sheet comprises four stamps showing a collage of the four theatres from the Royal Shakespeare Company's Stratford-upon-Avon campus against a background based upon the concept of the stage, with actors and theatrical scenery.


Another British theatre associated with William Shakespeare is the “Globe Theatre”, built in 1599, on the south bank of the Thames in London. Shakespeare’s plays were performed there during his lifetime. It was destroyed by fire in 1613 and then reconstructed in 1997, about 230 metres from the location of the original Globe.

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globe theatre


The reconstructed Globe Theatre, London, reproducing the design of the original theatre
Adam, John Cranford. The Globe Playhouse: Its Design and Equipment.
New York: Barnes & Noble, 1942.

Shapiro, James. A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare 1599.
New York: Harper Collins, 2005.

Shakespeare’s Globe – Wikipedia

Théâtre du Globe – Wikipedia

Plans are being made to build “The New Globe Theater” in New York Harbor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMXSBg8IwHI


Some Shakespearean actors:



Dame Judi Dench
Paul Robeson




judi dench wallpaper


John Gielgud as Nerva
Sir Laurence Olivier
Sir John Gielgud


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Recently published books:

Exit Pursued by a Badger: An Actor's Journey Through History with Shakespeare

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
Exit Pursued by a Badger:
An Actor's Journey Through History with Shakespeare
by Nick Asbury, 2010  
Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?
by James Shapiro, April 2011


(1) the same day as the death of Cervantes

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