The Birmingham Macbeth - Shakespeare and the Shelbys

The Birmingham Macbeth - Shakespeare and the Shelbys

More than six million people watched the first episode of series five of the BBC’s Peaky Blinders – the mesmerising drama of violence, moody characters and intrigue.

Among them was internationally recognised Shakespeare expert Professor Ewan Fernie of the Shakespeare Institute of the University of Birmingham, Director of the high profile ‘Everything to Everybody’ project to unlock the city’s Shakespeare Memorial Library.

Professor Fernie tells the publisher of History West Midlands he found himself seeing strong parallels with Shakespeare’s masterpiece – Macbeth.

Keywords: Shakespeare, Peaky Blinders, Macbeth, Professor Ewan Fernie

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Professor Ewan Fernie

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