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Talk of the (Stratford) Town
It’s 1616. Shakespeare has died – and he’s coming home to be mourned. Now, as ever, you can’t take Stratford out of the man. For amongst neighbours, who is Shakespeare ...
Warwickshire Women's Suffrage and George Bernard Shaw
Women’s Suffrage is better known today through images of Emmeline Pankhurst (who had read pamphlets authored by Shaw during her period of imprisonment in 1912), and militant acts such as Emily ...
Plaza Theatre, Rugby
The Plaza opened on 30th January 1933 to There Goes the Bride starring Jessie Matthews and Owen Nares, work having started on the site in May 1932. Being renamed the ...
The Theatre Licensing Act of 1737 introduced government control over theatre companies and compelled any individual or group wishing to put on a theatrical production to obtain a licence. The ...
The Prince of Wales Theatre in Nuneaton: Part Two
In the first part of this article I discussed the history of the Prince of Wales theatre, Nuneaton, from its opening night to its demolition. Now we shall have a ...
The Prince of Wales Theatre in Nuneaton: Part One
It has been a very theatre-friendly year, what with the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and having discovered this treasure at the Warwickshire County Record Office I thought it would be ...
Panto in Leamington: Robin Hood
Even in 1885 the subjects of pantomimes were similar to today. The Theatre Royal, Leamington, saw a version of Robin Hood performed. Some of the characters are familiar; we have ...
Jessamine Victoria Bradley, Gower House School and the Loft Theatre
Jessamine Victoria Bradley was born in Derby on 25th May 1897. She was the daughter of William Edge Bradley, a clerk for the Midland Railway, and Louise Violet Squirrell, who ...
How Do You Watch Shakespeare?
The audience cheers and applauds virtually every turn, whistles break out among the crowd as they show their support. Meanwhile, on another night, a firecracker is thrown as the anger ...
Panto in Warwickshire: Puss in Boots
The review and performance may have been written 160 years ago, many of the stylistic presentations of the story may have altered but, ultimately, what actually changes in 160 years?
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