The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Campaigns Against Anonymous Film

| October 25, 2011

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, hometown of William Shakespeare, has today launched a one day protest coinciding with the premier of “Anonymous” at the London Film Festival. The protest consists of:- Taping over nine road signs to blank out Shakespeare’s name – Instead of reading “Welcome to Warwickshire Shakespeare’s County” they read “Welcome to […]

Why Didn’t Elizabeth I Marry?

| November 3, 2010

In the final scene of Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth”, starring Cate Blanchett, we see Kat Ashley cutting Elizabeth’s hair off and Elizabeth making a dramatic entrance in front of her court dressed as a bride in an elaborate white gown, pearls (which symbolise purity), a red wig, a huge ruff and a whitened face. When Elizabeth […]

Elizabeth I in the Movies

| September 2, 2010

This article has been inspired by Mark Glancy’s article “Three Films about Queen Elizabeth I” in the August 2010 edition of BBC History Magazine. In his article, Glancy, who teaches film history at Queen Mary University of London, picks three films about our favourite Tudor monarch and looks at the storyline, the portrayal of Elizabeth […]

Elizabeth I Portrayals

| August 27, 2009

Elizabeth I has been portrayed by so many actresses:- Ellen Compton Sarah Bernhardt Flora Robson Bette Davis Jean Simmons Glenda Jackson Dame Judi Dench Miranda Richardson (Blackadder) Cate Blanchett Anne Marie Duff Helen Mirren Dame Josephine Barstow But many of these productions have been criticised for the liberties they have taken with Elizabeth’s story and […]