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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 […]

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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.