George Maguire

23rd April was National Shakespeare Day. As such, and with the reopening of live entertainment in May the team at Culture Calling has upped its levels of excitement for the return of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London. While we wait, we decided to put together a roundup on all of our favourite things Shakespeare; from books, DIY Globe models, theatre tickets to prints - let’s get to it!

1 Globe Theatre Paper Kit – link here

Build your very own Globe Theatre. Image via Etsy.
Located on London’s Southbank, Shakespeare’s Globe is a symbol of the capitals prowess and creativity in the art of live theatre. Visiting the reconstructed Elizabethan venue is a powerful insight into the architecture and style of the Shakespearean era. But why stop with a visit when you can make a full colour paper model of the great venue? Get ready to cut, fold and glue with this Etsy model!
Buy here

2 See Twelfth Night at The Globe – link here

Made the above model? Why not revisit the real thing? Link here.
Kicking off on 29th July and running through to 30th October, Twelfth Night is now back in action at Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Sean Holmes and with a classic and nostalgic plot subsumed with the madness of love this might just be the perfect play to restart your love of live theatre again. 
Book here

3 A Stage full of Shakespeare Stories – order here

12 Stories for children. Link
A Stage full of Shakespeare Stories is the perfect entry into Shakespeare’s work for young ones and adults alike. Brilliantly retelling 12 of the bard’s classics for children, this beautiful anthology includes stories such as Hamlet, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo & Juliet. Beautiful illustrated by Alive Lindstrom. 
Order here 

4 A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Print – link here

Words from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Link here
Shakespeare’s dazzling words in A Midsummer Night’s Dream “love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind” have long been untangling the complex nature of love. A stunning addition to any wall, this print is produced by Indie West & General with artwork inspired by the great playwright. The print (and others inspired by Shakespeare) comes in various sizes.
Link here

5 This Is Shakespeare – link here

This is Shakespeare; a guide to decoding the words of the brilliant storyteller. Link here
 The inventor of some 1,700 English words, Shakespeare’s brilliance and prose can be a tough nut to crack. No fear – Emma Smith is here to guide you in her book This is Shakespeare. In in, Smith highlights the modern relevance of the plays and decodes the meaning often hidden behind non-expert eyes. 
Keep close by while watching or reading the bards work and you’ll find new levels of meaning open up to you!
Link here.


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