Sunday, January 10, 2016

Report from January Oberon meeting

Macbeth with Michael Fassbinder, film trailer

At our Oberon meeting yesterday, Chairperson Richard Joyrich, MD told our group that the Royal Shakespeare Company LIVE! 2015-16 production of The Winter’s Tale with Dame Judy Dench is now showing in limited release at movie theaters across the USA. The film will be shown at The Maple Theater in West Bloomfield, MI on Monday January 12, 2016 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Several Oberon members plan to attend. A list of various dates and venues for showings elsewhere can be found at:

Also, the National Theatre LIVE! high-definition broadcast of their 2015 production of Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch, will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. January 17, 2016 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. 

Joyrich also told us that The Year of Lear: 1606 author, James Shapiro, will be speaking on the topic of “The Scottish Play” at 10:30 a.m. June 18 at The Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Oberons will make plans to attend this event. For tickets, see

Oberon treasurer Rey Perez reported he recently enjoyed seeing the new Macbeth film with Michael Fassbinder in the title role. The Fassbinder Macbeth will be available on DVD and Internet streaming soon. For information, see

In addition, our group discussed the possibility of hosting a special event for the Shakespeare UN-birthday on June 24, 2016. Stay tuned.

Happy birthday, Rosey!
Speaking of birthdays, we all congratulate our friend and colleague Rosey Hunter on her double-seven birthday coming up this week. Many happy returns, dear Rosey!

Update 01/11/16:
Rey Perez said: "I Just found out that Rupert Goold's Macbeth video from 2010, with Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood, is freely available to watch online at the PBS website. This availability expires the 24th of this month."

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Nina's choice

Dugdales's Antiquities of Warwickshire Illustrated (1656) online, p. 520

Canadian, Shakespeare-authorship researcher Nina Green gave her Phaeton email discussion-group a new year's gift in her December 31, 2015 message titled "Bookmarks". Green gave us permission to share her insight and her treasure trove of online resources with Oberon readers. Thanks, Nina!

Nina Green said:
I'm going to be away from my home computer for a while, so I've been transferring bookmarks to the laptop I'm taking with me. I thought Phaeton members and other Oxfordians might find some of them useful for Oxfordian research. The only two which are paid subscriptions are the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and the Oxford English Dictionary, but the ODNB features an interesting biography every day which is free. 
Incidentally, and on a slightly different topic, I continue to find it absolutely amazing that one can access such an enormous number of old books online nowadays, thanks to the wonderful website, and the Google digitization project. 
We all owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the latter two, as well as to all the painstaking writers who in the late 1700s, 1800s and early 1900s researched their local English families and communities, and published the results of their work. Without those early researchers, many of them amateurs, much of that invaluable information would be almost inaccessible -- and because of them, and because of and the Google digitization project, it's available free online. 
Anyway, here's the list of bookmarks, and hopefully there will be something to interest you.
Nina Green
Nina's Choice

Nina Green's The Oxford Authorship Site
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Oxford English Dictionary
National Archives Will Search
Genealogical Journals
Herle Project
Henslowe's Diary
Loseley MSS at Folger
Surrey History Center (Loseley MSS)
Who's Who of Tudor Women
Essex Record Office
Titled Elizabethans
Shakespeare Documented
Handbook of Dates
British History Online
Digital Renaissance
Rutland Manuscripts
Inquisitions Post Mortem
Oxford Index
Alan Nelson
Shakespeare Search
Pipe Rolls
List of Women at Tudor Court
Digest of Property Law
Earls Colne Project

Nina Green may be contacted at: devere at telus dot net.