Guest RSC blog: Shakespeare’s London and Henry IV

By Owen Horsley on 20 Feb 2014

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Last month the Royal Shakespeare Company visited the Museum of London to research for our production of William Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1 and 2. We were at the beginning of our rehearsal process for the plays and as we analysed the text in the room we noticed how specific Shakespeare was being in his depiction of everyday life in Elizabethan London. As with the famous writer’s adage, ‘write what you know’, we could tell that in writing the tavern scenes Shakespeare was doing just that. Read the full postRead the full post

And a partridge in a pear tree…?

By jackie keily on 1 Jan 2014
A gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.

A gold, diamond and emerald hat ornament in in the form of a salamander.

In Elizabethan London, New Year’s Day was the big time to give and receive gifts, particularly at court. The tradition appears to date back to at least the 13th century but under Queen Elizabeth I it reached new heights in terms of the extravagance and range of the gifts given. Read the full postRead the full post