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Ben Elton’s Shakespeares

Ben Elton Shakespeare seems to have haunted writer Ben Elton. He was always hovering in the background during Blackadder 2, the superb Elizabethan TV series. His current sitcom Upstart Crow, based around Shakespeare’s plays and life,  has had...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 21 Feb 2019

Cinema: “All Is True”

All Is True follows Shakespeare in the final days of his life in 1613. With his beloved Globe theatre burned to the ground – an accident that took place during a performance of his play Henry VIII: All Is True – Shakespeare returns to...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 4 Feb 2019

6 Hamlet soliloquies

As the heatwave rages on, we offer this as a public service to all our readers: cool down with the prince of Denmark’s soliloquy. Six different approaches compiled by Vincent More to reflect on the differences laid bare by performance: Benedict...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 7 Aug 2018

Report: ‘Shakespeare Lives Through Sir Kenneth Branagh on Stage and Screen’ – exhibition and Q&A

Guest post by Cynthia Martin. As part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations in Belfast, the Queen’s Film Theatre is honouring Sir Kenneth Branagh’s work with an exhibition which chronicles his prolific career as both Shakespearean actor and...
From: Shakespeare in Ireland on 3 Jun 2016

The Winter’s Tale (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company/Fiery Angel) @ The Garrick Theatre/The Broadway Cinema

Kenneth Branagh’s company has taken up residence in the Garrick for a year with a fascinating season of new and established plays, some of which will be broadcast live on the same model as NT Live or the RSC’s Live from Stratford. The first...
From: The Bardathon on 4 Jan 2016

Agincourt at 6

A reconstruction of the Battle of Agincourt Today, 25 October 2015 is the day history and Shakespeare-lovers have been waiting to celebrate: the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. Here again is the website that is coordinating today’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 25 Oct 2015

Shakespeare on-screen news

Bill: the movie There’s a real “back to school” feel around now with evenings drawing in and a chill in the air. A great moment then to get cheered up with the latest film about Shakespeare, Bill the Movie, released on 18 September...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 15 Sep 2015

Celebrating Shakespeare with Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh Kenneth Branagh is best known as one of his generation’s finest Shakespearean actors and directors for both stage and film, so his latest project, a sweetly traditional film of the fairy tale Cinderella, comes as something of a surprise....
From: The Shakespeare blog on 30 Mar 2015

Kenneth Branagh: from Henry V to Macbeth

Kenneth Branagh as Macbeth. Photo by Johan Persson Now for a treat: a whole hour of video of Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston and Rob Ashford discussing with US journalist Charlie Rose the production of Macbeth which has been playing at the Park Avenue...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 25 Jun 2014

Much Ado About Shakespeare at Easter

The title page of the First Folio, 1623 For Easter, a round-up of some of the many current Shakespeare-related events. First of all, on Easter Sunday BBC Radio 3 is celebrating Shakespeare’s imminent 450th birthday with two programmes. At 6.45pm,...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 20 Apr 2014

Keeping up with Shakespeare

When I started blogging on Shakespeare Calling a couple of years ago I had some kind of vague ambition – alongside of reading the plays and writing short responses to them – of seeing all the movies based on the plays, going to the theater to see...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 30 Sep 2013

Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth: an interpretation for our times?

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s “electrifying” and “immersive” production of Macbeth is the current hot Shakespeare ticket, playing for just a month in a disused church in Manchester that seats only 250 people. It’s ensured that...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 12 Jul 2013

Shakespeare on film: Joss Wheedon’s Much Ado

Image from Much Ado It is I suppose possible that you won’t have heard about the latest Shakespeare film to be released in the US that is due to be screened in the UK from 14 June 2013. Its director is Joss Wheedon, best known for directing TV’s...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 12 Jun 2013

What to Do About Hamlet

  Hamlet is scary. How in the world can I write about this play, this incomparable giant in the world of English literature?  What can I write that others more knowledgeable and scholarly haven’t already analyzed inside and out? Googling Hamlet,...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 1 Feb 2013

Filming Shakespeare

Photo: Stratford HeraldJust before Christmas I visited the home of one of my godchildren. Harry is six and, together with his brother and sister, loves making films. His older brother, Tom, is in charge and his sister assists with locations and production....
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 24 Jan 2013

Can You Do That to Shakespeare?

Photo: l Rollerna unt.seIn the Raspberry Hills Library English Book Circle the question has often been raised of how much we can accept things done to the classics. Can Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law really do that to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson? ...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 8 Jan 2013

O Kenneth Where Art Thou?

Dear Kenneth Branagh, Do you know how it is to see a movie that hits you like a ton of bricks and changes your life? Well, of course you do. Your Henry V did that to me. The first time I saw it I was only as vaguely aware of Shakespeare as most people...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 9 Nov 2012

Filming Shakespeare – Gone Live!

Our recent webinar on ‘Filming Shakespeare’ has now been posted as a resource within Blogging Shakespeare and can be accessed via to tool-bar at the top of this page, or by clicking here. It’s a conversation about the Shakespeare films...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 7 Nov 2012

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