Tuesday Tidbits #5: Shakespeare

Shakespeare Reading
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After a brief hiatus, Tuesday Tidbits has returned…except, this week only, it’s Thursday Tidbits!  As you will see, there is a method to this madness.  Read on…

In honor of the kick-off of the 6th Annual Charlotte Shakespeare Festival (originally scheduled for today, now moved to Friday, June 3), this week we are featuring resources about the Bard of Avon.  Although the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival is taking a different turn this season by focusing on Tartuffe (a play by French playwright, Moliere), they will still be having Shakespeare Trivia Nights every Wednesday evening during the run of the play.  Best of all, all activities are free!  For more information about the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, check out their website.

To learn more about Shakespeare and his plays, check out some of these excellent resources:

The Folger Shakespeare Library website has an amazing selection of resources about Shakespeare and his plays.  Be sure to check out the Discover Shakespeare part of their site…that’s where all the good stuff is.

Bardweb is another fascinating, free resource about Shakespeare.  Of particular interest on this site is a copy of Shakespeare’s will, a section on the debate over whether or not Shakespeare actually wrote the plays attributed to him and information on the Globe Theatre, where most of Shakespeare’s works made their original debuts.

Finally, have a look at the Internet Shakespeare Editions site.  It includes full-text of all of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as copies of the original publications of the plays.  Additionally, there is a very interesting section on the life and times of Shakespeare that allows you to get fully immersed in Elizabethan England.