Box Office Bears: a new research project on animal-baiting

Box Office Bears has begun! But who were they and what does it mean? We are delighted to announce the start of the £978,319 AHRC-funded project ‘Box Office Bears (BOB): Animal baiting in early modern England’, officially starting today. Over the next three years we’ll be exploring the lives of the animals and people involved … Continue reading Box Office Bears: a new research project on animal-baiting

Christmas, Newyeares tyde: A summary of works done and attendance given, 2018

The Elizabethan Office of the Revels begins an important section of its yearly account books headed "Christmas, Newyeares tyde, & Twelfetyde" with descriptions of "Woorkes doone & Attendaunce geven Abowte the new making, Translating, ffytting, ffurnishing, garnishing, setting owte & Taking in againe, Making cleane & safe bestowing of sundry kyndes of Apparell properties, ffurniture, & … Continue reading Christmas, Newyeares tyde: A summary of works done and attendance given, 2018

The Summer of Love (and Fortune): Our Upcoming Events…

We're pleased to say we have a very busy summer before us.  Ahead of our first Read Not Dead this Sunday, we outline here some of our major upcoming activities (you can keep up to date on these by visiting our "Events" page; if you have any queries, please don't hesitate to get in contact on beforeshakespeare@gmail.com). We're presenting … Continue reading The Summer of Love (and Fortune): Our Upcoming Events…

Birthday Post: A Year of Before Shakespeare

We launched our website last year, on the date of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, with an introduction to the project and something of a provocation in Andy’s post about putting the Shhhh into Shakespeare.... The comments that followed have been matched by recent posts that have engendered debate and discussion amongst readers, including the creation by … Continue reading Birthday Post: A Year of Before Shakespeare

The Story So Far: First Advisory Board

The Before Shakespeare project held its first Advisory Board meeting earlier this month. These meetings offer the chance to hear thoughts on the project’s progress and to hear suggestions, comments, and advice (it’s in the name!) from the diverse and exciting array of people on the board—medievalists, an archaeologist, and a theatre practitioner and director, … Continue reading The Story So Far: First Advisory Board