The Shakespeare Institute

An internationally renowned research institution based in the heart of Shakespeare's beautiful Stratford-upon-Avon established in 1951 to push the boundaries of knowledge about Shakespeare studies and Renaissance drama. Study in Stratford-upon-Avon or online.


19 March 2018

'Dreaming up your island' - Madeline Sayet

In the lead-up to Radical Mischief (20-21 July 2018) the TOP blog is hosting responses to the conference's nine provocations. Madeline Sayet is a director of classics, new plays, and opera.

19 March 2018

'Fire At Sea' - Professor Richard Wilson

In the lead-up to Radical Mischief (20-21 July 2018) the TOP blog is hosting responses to the conference's nine provocations. Professor Wilson is the Sir Peter Hall Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Kingston University, London.

05 March 2018

An interview with Simon Russell Beale

Shakespearean actor Simon Russell Beale, Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, gave a wide-ranging public interview to the Institute's Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall.

21 February 2018

The Philip Massinger play reading marathon

Every June, members of The Shakespeare Institute read aloud, in chronological order, the complete dramatic canon of a sixteenth- or early seventeenth-century playwright. The exercise enables us to observe, in concentrated form, the development of a single dramatist's imagination and technique, and to experience a large number of neglected plays by a significant talent of the Shakespearian era.

25 January 2018

Shakespeare souvenirs past and present

Tara Hamling and Cathryn Enis explain their research into how Shakespeare memorabilia has and hasn't changed over the years and how we use souvenirs in our homes.

17 March 2017

Editing Hamlet for Performance

Dr Abigail Rokison-Woodall discusses the history of performance editions and her current work as co-general editor and editor of Hamlet for the new Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare Performance Editions.

08 March 2017

What manner of man was he?

Professor Sir Stanley Wells discusses the available archival and literary materials and the most promising intellectual approaches that might inform a personal biography of William Shakespeare.

13 June 2016

Sir Stanley Wells

Former Director Professor Stanley Wells granted the knighthood for his services to the study and appreciation of Shakespeare.

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A collaboration with Birmingham City Council will revive the fortunes of the Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library