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Hamlets onstage then and now

David Ricardo-Pearce as Hamlet, Bolton Octagon 2018 This week David Ricardo-Pearce has joined the mighty list of actors who have taken on Shakespeare’s most famous part, Hamlet. Until 10 March 2018 he’s playing the role at the Octagon Theatre...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 17 Feb 2018

Shakespeare, King John and Magna Carta in 2015

Melvyn Bragg coming face to face with Magna Carta at the British Library Listening to Melvyn Bragg’s series on Radio 4 celebrating the history of Magna Carta, 800 this year, I realise how little I know about the document and the historical background...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 7 Jan 2015

The Tempest in our time and its own

The frontispiece for The Tempest from Rowe’s 1709 edition A great authority on Shakespeare, the academic Anne Barton, died a few days ago. She always wrote with an awareness of the play as a piece of theatre and her thoughts were often reflected...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 18 Nov 2013

Shakespeare and our restless world

In 2010 the British Museum collaborated with the BBC to create The History of the World in 100 Objects, radio broadcasts linked with a website and book of the same name. It focused on items from the Museum’s collection ranging from stone age tools...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 26 Oct 2012

In Our Time: more outtakes

L’esprit d’escalier – the art of thinking, as you walk down the stairs, of the bon mot you should have said in the drawing room. Or, in this case, the studio. On Thursday, after recording In Our Time, we were escorted down in the lift, but since...

In Our Time: the outtakes

So, if everyone is allowed fifteen minutes of fame, I must now be overdrawn from the fame-bank to the tune of 25 minutes. I have just walked away from Broadcasting House where Richard Gameson, Julia Boffey and myself were discussing with Melvyn Bragg...

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