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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 […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 12th

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The 16th century soundtrack to Shakespeare’s life would have included ‘Three Merry Men’, a folk song mentioned in Twelfth Night. Filmed inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace and given a Christmas twist for Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar by in-house actors Richard Bunn and Martin Smith, the third and merriest man is played by a small but perfectly formed […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 11th

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Today’s door opens to reveal actor Martin Smith singing a song from William Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost. The lyrics to ‘When Icicles Hang by the wall’ – sometimes known as ‘Winter’s Song’ – are perfect for these cold December mornings. This performance is filmed at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and we hope it brings you some warming […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 10th

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar continues with a ukelele inspired version of the prologue from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Filmed inside Shakespeare’s Birthplace and performed by in-house actors Richard Bunn, Martin Smith and Jen Stone, we look forward to bringing you a song a day throughout advent at LivingShakespeare.com.

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Shakepeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 9th

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Shakespeare’s Birthplace has been beautifully decorated for Christmas and the table prepared for a Yuletide feast of Tudor proportions. At the centre of the Bard’s blowout family meal stands the Boar’s head and actor Martin Smith has been inspired by its arrival to offer up his own unique serenade. The Boar’s Head Carol is part […]

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Shakespeare’s Living Advent Calendar – December 8th

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For those of you who can’t can’t remember the names of all of Shakespeare’s plays, here is the Shakespeare Can Can as a musical aide memoire. The team of talented Tudors who have devised this song are all members of Shakespeare Aloud – the troupe of professional players who perform every day at Shakespeare’s Birthplace. […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 7th

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar is here to help you through the darkest days of the year with a reminder that spring is round the corner. Open today’s door and feel your heart warmed by ‘It Was a Lover and his Lass’ which was written by William Shakespeare for As You Like It. This unique performance […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 6th

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Music is everywhere at Shakespeare’s Birthplace this festive season – even in the garden shed. Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar continues with Bottom’s song from Act lll of Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by actor Martin Smith. We’re grateful to the brilliant Birthplace garden team for allowing us a few minutes in their domain. Visit LivingShakespeare.com every […]

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar – December 5th

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Shakespeare’s Singing Advent Calendar continues with Hold Thy Peace – a traditional round sung during Act ll of Twelfth Night. Here at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, we’re celebrating the countdown to Christmas with a song a day and showcasing the musical talents of our in-house actors and costumed guides. Today’s performance is brought to you by actors […]