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Shakespear's World Cup
Shakespeare's World Cup (2002),
by Chris Coculuzzi and Matt Toner.

This section archives what CASP has designated to be image clusters––pages in which we have digitized and grouped related images pertaining to specific authors, plays, thematic structures, and topical concerns. The image clusters are intended to sample more extensive holdings from the CASP hard copy archives.

Also archived on this portion of the site are full documents, including an early Hart House Theatre Program and the first program from the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, images from Rick Miller's inventive adaptation of Macbeth, samples of John Wilson Bengough's political cartoons with a Shakespearean context, and a host of other image clusters we hope site users find intriguing. These image clusters will be added to over time as the resources to digitize CASP's extensive collection of images become available.

We have also gathered for the first time a wide-ranging collection of images from Canadian Art influenced by Shakespeare.

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Table of Contents:

              Visual Arts:

  • The Sanders Portrait
    Dated 1603, this painting is likely the only portrait of Shakespeare painted during his lifetime. It has remained in the Sanders family for multiple generations and recent genealogical evidence places members of that family in close affiliation with Shakespeare's family during Shakespeare's own lifetime. The Sanders Portrait has been displayed in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the Summer of 2001, followed by exhibits at Yale, the National Portrait Gallery (London), and the Macdonald Stewart Art Gallery at the University of Guelph (2007). Watch this space for news about efforts to authenticate the portrait currently underway. For a link to information about Anne Henderson's recent documentary film, Battle of Wills, which chronicles the evidence that has slowly been accruing around this portrait, click here.
  • Nick Craine: Parchment of Light: The Life & Death of William Shakespeare
    Nick Craine's graphic novel, Parchment of Light: The Life & Death of William Shakespeare, was first displayed at the Shakespeare-Made in Canada festival as a 24 page excerpt. This sample reveals a powerful and comprehensive approach to the life of the Bard in a unique medium that offers accessibility and relatability to a large, diverse audience––including, of course, youth who havenot previously been exposed to the Bard's work.
  • Gabriel Charpentier
    French-Canadian composer, musician, and poet Gabriel Charpentier has composed and produced scores for nearly two hundred theatrical productions in both French and English, many of these unique scores associated with productions of Shakespeare in both English and French Canada. Charpentier's Coriolanus score is reproduced here.
  • Joanne Tod's Re-presentation of the Sanders Portrait
    La Nuit des Rois poster
    La Nuit des Rois poster (in a "translation" by acclaimed Québécois writer, Normand Chaurette

    It was the presentation of the Sanders Portrait in the media and the initial reaction by the public that inspired Tod’s ‘re-presentation’ of this portrait. This article raises questions about commercial value versus cultural value, as well as issues of authenticity.
  • Shakespeare in Canadian Art
    Here is a sample of some of the diverse ways Shakespeare has been adapted in Canada through the visual arts by some of Canada's most famous and respected artists.
  • Rolph Scarlett
    Painter, Designer and Jeweller Rolph Scarlett was treated to a retrospective of his work at the Macdonald Steward Art Centre in Guelph where his Shakespearean set designs were featured.  This sample of his work outlines Scarlett's modernist approach to theatrical design.
  • Posters, Playbills, and Placemats
    Here is a sampling of some of the ways in which Canadian adaptations have been advertised using a variety of innovative strategies.
  • John Wilson Bengough's Cartoons
    John Wilson Bengough often used Shakespearean references to satirize contemporary political events in the nineteenth-century Canadian media. These cartoons are taken from Bengough's A Caricature History of Canadian Politics. Events From the Union of 1841, As Illustrated by Cartoons From "Grip", and Various Other Sources.
  • "Exit, Pursued by a Bear"
    In these paintings by Gordon Lester, a faux-naif conceptual artist, an infamous stage direction from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale becomes a means of commenting on literary criticism and its practitioners. Art here is playfully deployed––via a Shakespearean trope––as a critique of criticism itself.
  • Dr. Toike's King Lear
    A Dr. Seuss-inspired take on Lear and his daughters served up as the centre piece of a University humour newspaper.



  • Allison McWood's Shakespearean Adaptations
    Images from Allison McWood's two plays that have adapted the character of Shakespeare:
    Shakespeare's Brain, and It was Kit: the TRUE Story of Christopher Marlowe.
  •  Le Making of de Macbeth by Paula de Vasconcelos
    CASP is grateful to Denis Salter (McGill University) for his collaboration in collecting this material from Le Making of de Macbeth by Paula de Vasconcelos. Salter has written extensively about this piece and has interviewed de Vasconcelos about its creation. Two of these pieces are available in CASP's Shakespeare and French Canada Critical Writing Anthology.
  • The Death of a Chief by Kennedy Cathy MacKinnon and Yvette Nolan
    The Death of a Chief rebuilds and restructures the historic tragedy of Julius Caesar to address Aboriginal issues concerning politics, gender, class, race, and nation.  This page features a 17-image slideshow from the February 2006 workshop as well as links to an interview with Yvette Nolan and draft versions of the script in progress.
  • Rod Carley's Shakespearean Adaptations
    Canadian director Rod Carley has produced an eye-popping eight wildly inventive adaptations of Shakespeare––from The Othello Project (included in CASP's Online Anthology) set in the American South in 1964, and taking its title from the Mississippi Project, a black voter registration drive marred by the murder of three civil rights activists––through to an adaptation of Coriolanus set in Tombstone, Arizona with Coriolanus figured as Wyatt Earp.
  • Madness
    Allison McWood's Shakespeare's Brain
    Allison McWood's Shakespeare's Brain

    Rick Miller performs Macbeth by impersonating the characters from The Simpsons, Hamlet gets back to his Viking roots in Michael O'Brien's Mad Boy Chronicle, Prospero is locked in the loony bin in Madd Harold's The Tempest: Forecast Disorder, and Edward Folger uses mental illness and a psychiatric institution to further examine the characterization from Hamlet In The Soul of Wit.
  • 'Moving Performances'
    Photos and posters from Chad Dembski's movement performance art piece Aureola Part 1, John Murrell's ballet The Faerie Queen, and Tom Stroud's contemporary dance performances R & J and The Garden.
  • Country-Western Adaptations
    Wild Bill goes country in these production photos from Rod Carley's Coriolanus, Ken Mitchell's Cruel Tears, and Peter Skagen's Rodeo and Julie-Ed.
  • Adaptations for Children
    Photos from Josephine Barrington's Juvenile Players, Lois Burdett creates Shakespeare for Kids and Louis B. Hobson adapts A Midsummer Night's Dream for young audiences.
  • Caesar: An All-Female Production of Shakespeare (1986), by Vinetta Strombergs.
    In 1986, Strombergs marked her directorial debut with an unforgettable all-female version of Caesar at Theatre Workshop Productions. Though Strombergs maintained 99% of the classical Shakespearean text, she altered the premise by setting the play in an all-female future.
  • Raves and Ravers
    Photos and posters from Mark McCutcheon's Dr. Teeth's Public Address System, Laura Mullen and Chris Tolley's Romeo and Juliet Remixed, and Matthew MacFadzean's richardthesecond.
  • Governor General's Award Winners
    Images from three winners of the Governor General's Award: Djanet Sears's Harlem Duet, Ann-Marie MacDonald's Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), and Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex.
  • Shakespeare in Sports
    Images from three plays that have adapted Shakespeare into a sports context: Ken Hudson's The King #5 Henry, and Chris Coculuzzi and Matt Toner's Shakespeare's Rugby Wars and Shakespeare's World Cup.
  • Shylock
    Photos from Mark Leiren-Young's highly successful production where an actor defends his choice to perform Shylock not as a sympathetic character, but as the villain he believes Shakespeare intended. Links are also included to further discussions of anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice and to other plays that adapt one of Shakespeare's most controversial works.
  • Mary Jane Miller's Shakespearean Adaptations
    Hart House Theatre Program, 1929
    Hart House Theatre Program, 1929

    Director, Professor of Dramatic Literature (Emerita) and former Chair of Brock University's Department of Dramatic Arts, Miller has produced four adaptations of Shakespeare that explore some of his lesser-performed works with casts comprising student, faculty and professional talent.


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Fischlin, Daniel. Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project. University of Guelph. 2004. <>.


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