How to curse

It’s been a grim week in politics (at least for some). Here, our co-artistic director David Bullen shares his thoughts… Last week we performed Margaret of Anjou, a reinvention of Shakespeare’s first tetralogy. In the programme we noted the parallels in the play with the American presidential election: Margaret is effectively labelled a ‘nasty woman’. Although Margaret gains power in… Read more →

Shakespeare isn’t for you

This week on the By Jove blog, something we’ve not had in a while: a good, old-fashioned RANT, courtesy of our co-artistic director, David Bullen… This week Shakespeare’s Globe announced that their artistic director, Emma Rice, is to step down in 2018 after producing a mere two seasons at the theatre. The reasoning behind this departure is apparently quite simple.… Read more →


With less than two weeks to go until the opening of our Season of Violent Women, co-artistic director David Bullen explores why we might have to think about renaming the whole thing… The current race to be the next president of the USA has historic significance: for the first time ever, a woman is in the running. Gender has lingered… Read more →

Adi Lev as Margaret and Ella Garland as the Duke of Suffolk

Physicalising Violence: A Research and Development Workshop for Margaret of Anjou

This week, By Jove artistic associate Susanna Dye provides some insight into the start of her process for the company’s upcoming project…   To begin our Season of Violent Women, By Jove are staging the British premiere of Margaret of Anjou. The play text has been pieced together from Shakespeare’s Henry VI trilogy and Richard III by Professor Elizabeth Schafer and Philippa Kelly, who… Read more →

Shakespeare 400: the Year of the She-Wolf

Kicking off our new series on By Jove’s recently announced ‘season of violent women’, our co-artistic director David Bullen tells us why this year is the year of Shakespeare’s infamous She-Wolf of France… 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It may seem a little odd to commemorate the playwright’s death, but it has provided ample opportunity for pretty much… Read more →