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Happy Birthday - 450 Years of Shakespeare!

Shakespeare at the Heart of the Birthday Celebrations in Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare's Birthday falls on 23 April - and what a special one it will be! 2014 marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

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The Taming of the Shrew ... Even More!

Monday March 31, 2014

This month, we have been digging even deeper into The Taming of the Shrew and expanding our study guide:

We hope you find these new study resources useful ... enjoy!

Studying Taming of the Shrew

Friday February 28, 2014

This month we have been adding to the Taming of the Shrew study guide.

For example, you can now find scene analysis and the original texts for Act 2, Scene 1 and Act 3, Scene 1:

As always, we have broken the longer scenes down into manageable chunks for study. Enjoy!

Study Guide: 'The Taming of the Shrew'

Friday January 31, 2014

This month we have continued training the shrew. Our Taming of the Shrew study guide is growing, with:

To accompany the scene analysis, we have also published the original text broken down into four manageable chunks for study (Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4).

We hope you find these new study resources useful ... enjoy

Framed: 'The Taming of the Shrew'

Tuesday December 31, 2013

People are often surprised when they pick up The Taming of the Shrew and find two extra scenes of so-called "induction" before the play we all know actually begins!

This is a framing device used by Shakespeare to create a play-within-a-play effect ... but for the entire play!

Before Act 1, Scene 1 begins, we are introduced to a mischievous nobleman who hatches a plot to trick a beggar into believing he is actually a lord ... is it possible the beggar can forget himself, he wonders. The actual play begins as a ploy to roll out the plan.

You can read the introductions and original text to the beginning of this unusual start here:

Induction:

  • Analysis
  • Original Text: Induction Scene 1 (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Original Text: Induction Scene 2 (Parts 1 and 2)

Act 1, Scene 1:

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