Sunday is the anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare in 1616 and possibly his birth in 1564, so it seems fitting for Claire to do a talk on him and to also share other resources on the Bard.
In summer 2015, Claire visited Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, and you can click here to watch her talk on it.
Each year, there are celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday and you can find out more at https://www.shakespearescelebrations.com/whats-on/shakespeares-birthday-celebration-parade/. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington (USA) also celebrates the Bard's birthday - see http://www.folger.edu/shakespeares-birthday.
- Explore Shakespeare - resources from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
- Shakespeare, William (1564-1616) - http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/25200?docPos=1
- Scientific analysis of William Shakespeare's Will
- William Shakespeare Quiz
- Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman video
- Time Team Special 48 (2012) - Searching for Shakespeare's House (Stratford-upon-Avon) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juOPIbI5DbA
- In Search of Shakespeare - https://www.youtube.com/watch?
- Original pronunciation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPlpphT7n9s
- William Shakespeare's Grave Documentary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNzEE9xk-LE
Visit the Shakespeare properties
- The Simple Case for Shakespeare
- Shakespeare Authorship Argument
- Bacon, Marlowe & Stanely Authorship Arguments
- Oxford Authorship Argument
- The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition
- De Vere Authorship Argument
- Summary of Baconian Evidence for Shakespeare Authorship
- Yes, Shakespeare Really Did Write Shakespeare
- How We Know That Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare: The Historical Facts
- Who really wrote Shakespeare?
- Who wrote Shakespeare's plays? Stanford professor lets you decide
- The Marlowe Society
One of my favourite soliloquies is the "To be or not to be" one from Hamlet so here are a few versions. Note that the Ben Crystal one is using OP (original pronunciation):
I also love Baz Luhrmann's film of Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes and Leonardo di Caprio, and my favourite actor and character in that version is Mercutio: