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Shakespeare in Italy 2018

In Richard II, after his father, John of Gaunt, has told him to think positive about his banishment, Bolingbroke pours out his despair. How is it possible for imagination to turn bad into good, winter into summer? O, who can hold a fire in his hand By...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 28 Feb 2018

Directing Shakespeare

Michael Bogdanov With the sudden death of Michael Bogdanov this week theatre directors and their importance in the staging of Shakespeare’s plays have been on my mind in the build up to Shakespeare’s birthday. Shakespeare was the first director...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 22 Apr 2017

Glass houses and jelly meerkats: King Lear, Part

I have a lot of questions about King Lear. Like what is wrong with these people? “Which of you shall we say doth love us most?” a retiring King Lear asks his three daughters, Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia, as he divides his kingdom up among...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 22 May 2016

Drama drama: King Lear, Part 1

It’s bad enough I don’t know a whole lot about Shakespeare’s life or world. But I can’t even say I’ve actually seen many of his plays performed. I mean, the texts were intended for the stage after all. The last production...
From: Shakespeare Confidential on 19 May 2016

Italy and the Italians in Shakespeare

The Gentleman in Pink The English have been fascinated by Italy for centuries, never more so than during the period in which Shakespeare lived. Sir Henry Wotton, who represented King James as the English Ambassador to Venice from 1604, was more knowledgeable...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 28 Jan 2015

Holding the mirror up to nature: acting for a living

Shakespeare knew a thing or two about acting: he observed the struggles of the inexperienced as well as writing guidelines for professionals. In real life the amateur prince Hamlet’s advice might have been unwanted, but as author, actor and theatre...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 13 Jan 2015

Shakespeare Goes to Urbino

UrbinoA little last minute – but still just in time…. ‘The Shakespeare in Italy Summer School will be held from 12-26th July 2014 in the lovely walled city of Urbino, which is tucked away in the hills near Italy’s upper Adriatic...
From: Blogging Shakespeare on 2 Jul 2014

Anticipating Richard II

There are now less than two weeks to go until the RSC’s most-hyped production of the last few years, Richard II, has its first performance. With David Tennant playing the leading role, all the Stratford performances were sold out months ago. Although...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 27 Sep 2013

Shakespeare’s Hamlet: productions for their own time

Jonathan Slinger in rehearsal This week the actor Jonathan Slinger, who in the last 10 years has played many of Shakespeare’s leading roles including Richard III, Prospero and Macbeth, is taking on  Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Any...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 13 Mar 2013

Chaos, Jack Cade and the men of Kent

But then are we in order when we are most out of order. Sir John Gilbert’s engraving of Jack Cade This contradictory line is spoken by the rebel Jack Cade in Shakespeare’s play Henry VI part 2. In his very first history play Shakespeare chose...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 23 Nov 2012

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