Category Archives: performances

Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret in performance

One performance only, 18 February, Perth.

The University of Western Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions are facilitating a fabulous opportunity to hear the words of one of Shakespeare’s most compelling and yet least performed characters.

C19th ink portrait of a medieval queen.
Margaret imagined in a 19th Century engraving by W. Joseph Edwards

Queen Margaret d’Anjou appears in four of Shakespeare’s plays, more than any other character. However, three are the sequential parts of Henry VI, which is rarely staged, and her role in the much more popular Richard III is often (disgracefully!) cut. When her portions of this history cycle are put together what emerges is a vivid, striking portrait of multi-faceted woman who is both victim and villain, triumphant and vanquished, admirable and abhorrent at different points in her long life.

Date: Thursday 18 February 2016
Time: 1–2pm
Venue: Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA
Contact: Bob White (

Free and open to the public. No ticket required

Full details here

Merry Wives in Perth

Three performances only, 16-18 February, Perth.

The University of Western Australia has an outdoor theatre built to the proportions of the Fortune Theatre, one of the public playhouses that operated in Early Modern London. Built by Philip Henslowe, the surviving documents detailing its specifications have been a treasure trove for theatre historians.

UWA uses the space for investigations into original practice, and for lively, fun, delicious productions. Next week only, you can catch Shakespeare’s most absolutely Elizabethan comedy performed there: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Poster showing two women and a washing basket with a hand coming out.

Shakespeare Solos from the Guardian

As its contribution to the Shakespeare 400 commemorations, the Guardian has commissioned a wonderful series of videos from some of Britain’s greatest actors, delivering their favourite speeches from Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Solos is planned as an ongoing series, with the first six videos released on 1 February. Come back after you’ve watched them and tell us what you think are the best bits!