Shakespeare’s rural background

Shakespeare’s rural backound has been a great influence on him and his plays. Unlike his contemporaries, Shakespeare didn’t go to university (Oxford or Cambridge), and as such didn’t have an opportunity to loose his accent (which is fairly average of what happens at universities). Not only was his lack of formal education fuel for ridicule from his fellow playwrights, his rural Warwickshire accent was too. … Continue reading Shakespeare’s rural background

5 Things I didn’t know about Shakespeare

1 Shakespeare the collaborator. Shakespeare was one of many writers at the time. The entertainment industry was a burgeoning industry at the time and Shakespeare was plying his trade alongside and with many other writers that we know about and many more that we don’t. One important fact from this is what, whilst the plays written in the middle of his career were his own … Continue reading 5 Things I didn’t know about Shakespeare

Elizabethan Costume

This is the Peacham Manuscript. It is the only surviving manuscript from the time of Shakespeare and the only surviving documentation of the costumes that actors might have worn on stage. The image is of a performance of Titus Andronicus. Take a closer look at the image and the central character, is wearing a toga and laurel wreath, suggesting that she is from ancient Rome. … Continue reading Elizabethan Costume