Happy Birthday, Bard!

Today is William Shakespeare’s (traditional) birthday (and, as it happens, death day) and so to celebrate (or mourn his passing depending on your take on it) here are some Shakespeare events and links.

Shakespeare’s Globe will open its 2009 Season today with Romeo and Juliet. A free birthday event will take place before the play. See http://www.shakespeares-globe.org/birthday/ for details.

King’s College, London and Shakespeare’s Globe will join forces to host ‘Local/Global Shakespeares’ the 4th British Shakespeare Conference on 11-13 September 2009. Keynote speakers at this major international confrence will include Michael Attenborough (Almeida), Jonathan Bate (University of Warwick), Rustom Bharucha (Theatre Director and Critic), Janette Dillon (University of Nottingham), Greg Doran (RSC), Dominic Dromgoole (Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe), Paul Edmondson (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), Andrew Gurr (University of Reading), Edward Hall (Artistic Director, Propeller), Margaret Jane Kidnie (University of Western Ontario), Sonia Massai (King’s College London), Russ McDonald (Goldsmiths), Gordon McMullan (King’s College London), Jonathon Neelands (Drama & Theatre Education, University of Warwick), Helen Nicholson (Drama & Theatre Education, Royal Holloway), Patrick Spottiswoode (Globe Education), Ann Thompson (King’s College London), Stanley Wells (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust), Robert Weimann.

Proposals for papers are still welcome for some of the themes of the conference. See http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/news/conferences/localglobal/paper.html for details and submsission instructions. See the conference homepage at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/news/conferences/localglobal/ for full details.

Intute has loads of free links to Shakespeare materials. See their selection of sites which cover everything from Shakespeare in performance to archives, associations, and archives. Shakespeare at Intute.

The Guardian’s Culture page includes a Shakespeare section. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/shakespearefor recent Shakespearian developments.

Open Source Shakespeare states that it attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare’s complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century.’

Finally, see some fun Shakespeare portrayals here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/theatreblog/2009/apr/23/shakespeare-film-tv. See the comments for more links to the Bard in action….