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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 22nd

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At this time of year it’s hard to resist an opportunity for a good wassail and today Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar comes to you from one of the fine fireplaces of Shakespeare’s Birthplace where the staff are beginning to make merry. Actor Martin Smith and Birthplace guides Helen Smith and Edwyna Whitaker revel in the […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 21st

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On the shortest day of the year, Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar brings you a rip-roaring version of a song from The Winter’s Tale. ‘Jog On’ is sung by the character Autolycus, and two of the in-house players here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace felt it deserved special treatment, which we hope will brighten the long, dark evening.

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 20th

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Here at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust you just never know who you’ll meet in the lift… Sellinger’s Round was a popular dance tune in Shakespeare’s London which was a very overcrowded place and so perhaps it’s fitting to see it performed in a confined space for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar.

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 19th

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The windows of Shakespeare’s Birthplace open to reveal a new musical delight each day during advent for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar. Today, actor and musician Martin Smith performs Feste’s Song from Twelfth Night – ‘The Rain it Raineth Every Day’- with a festive addition to his usual Tudor costume.

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 18th

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There is no better view of Shakespeare’s Stratford than from the roof of the Shakespeare Centre on a bright December morning. ‘Blow, Blow thou winter wind’ from As You Like It seemed a fitting song to choose for day 18 of Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar and the vigorous strumming required for this ukulele backed setting […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 17th

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The dark humour of the Gravedigger’s song from Hamlet is brought to life in the garden of Shakespeare’s Birthplace by actors Martin Smith and Richard Bunn for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar. There will be more songs from Shakespeare’s plays, filmed in and around the Bard’s family home at Livingshakespeare.com as we head towards Christmas.

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 16th

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Shakespeare’s sonnets have been spoken, sung and rapped but we’re pretty certain this is the first time one of them has been set to the music of the late great Buddy Holly. Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar is proud to present a unique combination of the tune to “Everyday” by Buddy Holly and the words of […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 15th

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Today’s video blog for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar pairs the stirring disco classic ‘I will Survive’ with the plot of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and comes up with an unforgettable performance from actor Martin Smith. Can Hamlet the musical be far away? Words by Martin Smith and Neil Hancock who are both actors at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 14th

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar continues with a one off appearance by the Shakespeare Duck – a bathroom accessory that delights Shakespeare fans of all ages. His normal habitat is the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust gift shop but he and his two friends were drawn into the Birthplace this week when they heard we were looking for […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 13th

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Shakespeare’s plays were full of music and although no record of the instrumental music survives, his lyrics have inspired modern day musicians to come up with striking contemporary settings. We celebrate just such a musical collaboration with a unique performance of Juno’s blessing from The Tempest. Actor Martin Smith sings it, the words are by […]