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Robert Hardy and Shakespeare

7 August 2017

  Robert Hardy On Thursday 3 August 2017 one of the UK’s best-loved actors, Robert Hardy, died. His family described him as “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified”...

Ira Aldridge, theatre manager: the Coventry connection

2 August 2017

On 3 August 2017 a blue plaque is to be unveiled in Coventry commemorating Britain’s first non-white theatre manager, Ira Aldridge, exactly 150 years after his death. I’ve...

Shakespeare and Gay Britannia

24 July 2017

On 27 July 1967 the Sexual Offences Act received Royal Approval in the UK, making private homosexual acts between men over the age of 21 legal. In the intervening fifty years attitudes...

Marie Corelli’s Stratford-upon-Avon memorial restored

17 July 2017

Marie Corelli’s monument The monument to Shakespeare monument was put in place by 1623, and has been visited by tourists almost ever since. Over the past four centuries it has...