Tales from the Reading Room – Episode 37

 

Readers in the Reading Room

Readers in the Reading Room

 

In recent weeks the Reading Room has been buzzing with activity, it is exciting that despite the temptation to sit out in the sun, eat ice cream and sunbathe by the river, our readers have been resisting and have maintained their dedication to their research! We have had readers with a range of interests looking at a variety of materials, including, many different RSC productions of Pericles, All’s Well That Ends Well, Antony and Cleopatra, Henry VIII, Macbeth, King John, The Island Princess, The Tamer Tamed, Othello, Sejanus, Morte D’Arthur, Cardenio, Taming of the Shrew, A Jovial Crew, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Noble Kinsmen and Les Miserables!

We have also been visited by readers studying local history including topics such as magic and witchcraft in early modern England, Barton on the Heath, Stratford Poetry Festival, the Bancroft Gardens and Holy Trinity Church.

Our new Reading Room display of adverts

Our new Reading Room display of adverts

We now have a new colourful display of adverts on our board in the Reading Room

Advert for Flowers Brewery

Advert for Flowers Brewery

thanks to the work of our volunteer, Helen. She found eye-catching adverts from the Stratford Herald for local businesses as well as examples of adverts in theatre programmes, it is interesting to see how they have changed over time!

My personal favourite advert is for the local Flowers Brewery portraying the ‘happy event’ of the arrival of keg bitter! There is also an interesting wartime advert for a local mechanic, containing the text, “That man’s idea of a “lightning war” seems to be more like a Five-Year Plan…but Guyver’s idea of a lightning repair is “at once, if not sooner!”"

  • Liski

    Well done, dear readers! Keep trying! Good luck!

A freely available online exhibition exploring keys aspects of the music in Shakespeare’s plays, as well as music inspired by Shakespeare.