It’s Museum Week and museums all over the world are celebrating on Twitter with photographs and videos of some of the wonderful things they have on display. Each day has a theme and when we heard one of them was ‘souvenirs’ we headed for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust gift shop. Finding themselves among the many […]
We’ve enjoyed every minute of Shakespeare Week and one of the many highlights has been the chance to make your very own Shakespearean glove puppet at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. The five fingered finale of this puppet making frenzy takes place today at Mary Arden’s Farm where children of all ages and their puppets will be invited […]
All of us involved with Shakespeare’s Singing Advent calendar would like to thank all of you who have watched, liked and shared the songs we have sung. We celebrate the end of Advent with a unique version of a familiar song – the 12 Days of Shakespeare. The staff of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, who will be […]
The penultimate song on Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar features a sharp bang to the head and a surprise appearance by some robins. The character of Feste in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night sings this seasonal ditty – ‘Hey Robin, Jolly Robin’ – and here it is brought to life by the resident musical genius of Shakespeare’s Birthplace, […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.