From hooligans to heroes: the history of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men

05 December 2017

Today’s theatre actors are celebrated; tickets can go for hundreds of pounds and must be booked months in advance. But though today’s thespians attract crowds of autograph-seeking fans to the stage door, actors were not always so idolised.

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Bringing cue-scripting home

24 October 2017

Author: Lizzie Conrad-Hughes, Artistic Director at Shake-scene Shakespeare

Early modern plays are stuffed with references to lines, parts, prompts and cues. The figure of the book-holder shouting lines from the tiring-house also appears. Why, though? Were early modern players lazy or forgetful? Not at all! They were part of a truly astonishing theatre-producing machine, and their “parts” were part of it.

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How has Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet stood the test of time?

18 October 2017

Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, is thought to have been performed at the Curtain Theatre in the late 16th century. The play – written centuries ago in Elizabethan England and set in Medieval Verona – continues to capture the minds and hearts of modern audiences across the globe.

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A rundown of the playhouses of Shakespeare’s London

29 September 2017

In the 16th century, theatres sprang up all over London. A key figure on London’s burgeoning theatre scene, William Shakespeare was involved with many of these playhouses, either investing financially, or through his plays and theatre troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men – and often both. So where were these theatres, what happened to them, and how was the Bard involved?

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Why is Shakespeare still so popular?

08 August 2017

Just like a maturing fine wine or cask-strength whiskey, Shakespeare is more popular now than ever before. To those of us involved with The Stage development this is obvious, as eyewitnesses to the astonishing reaction to our excavation of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre from around the world.

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How has Shakespeare shaped our lives?

24 July 2017

Shakespeare’s works have had untold influence on our society and culture. Not only were Shakespeare’s plays and writings hugely influential in his own time, they continue to influence us today – 400 years after his death. Indeed, when Ben Jonson wrote the words quoted above in his poem, To the Memory of My Beloved the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare, it is unlikely that he knew quite how true his words would prove to be!

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