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Slow Arts

Slow Arts Actors activate text into life-forms. Using Poetry as an act of realignment. But when dealing with Hamlet, which text are we talking about? 1st Quarto – a gritty murder mystery 2nd Quarto – twice as many words and the most quotable...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 21 Jun 2018

Discovering Shakespeare in Italy

Guest Post by Francis Cox on Shakespeare in Italy:   Discovering Shakespeare in the pleasant garden of great Italy “So, what do we think ‘Titus Andronicus’ is about?” asked theatre director Lucy Bailey, kicking off the Shakespeare...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 20 Feb 2018

Naming Will in the (1st 126) Sonnets:

Naming Will in the (1st 126) Sonnets: 6.5+6 That use is not forbidden usury, Which happies those that pay the willing loan; 22.10+11 As I not for my self, but for thee will, Bearing thy heart which I will keep so chary, 26.7+8 But that I hope some good...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 13 Oct 2017


#154Sonnets1min We did it. We being Homepage Shakespeare Dallas in the AT&T Wyley Theater on May 28th, 2017. So Shakes Dallas had a 5 year plan to complete the oeuvre of WS. The final read-through consisted of 154 Sonnets. And Yours Truly got the...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 11 Jun 2017

Aura, aliveness, and art

A second post inspired in part by Benjamin’s ‘The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’, and the final one — I think — on my research adventures in the US last month. So I’ve finished Benjamin’s essay...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 21 Apr 2017

How now, Sir William! whither were you sent?

How now, Sir William! whither were you sent? My name. His name. Yes Sir. Whither go you, George? Third of me middle names. Whither and thither indeed. Yet I cannot go thither, without knowing whither. We’ll to Sutton Co’fil’ tonight....
From: I Love Shakespeare on 27 Mar 2017

Shakespeare: The Game

This month I’m in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, home to the largest collection of Shakespeare-related materials in the world. I’m in heaven! My focus during my time here is on the pre-history of digital...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 28 Feb 2017

Why I blog

I’ve been thinking lately about why I originally set up this blog, and why, more than three years later, I continue to post on it. In the very early days I think I was looking for a place to work through some emerging ideas about digital forms of...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 31 Jan 2017


Relationships. Like it or not, we are born into a relationship with Shakespeare. Some are in more deeply than others. He exists as a brand for Stratford upon Avon, his birthplace. I know some birth-placers and the odd librarian and scholar there too....
From: I Love Shakespeare on 29 Aug 2016

Henslowe at SWP:

A month ago feels like a fleeting year since playing Henslowe and improvising in Original Pronunciation. Henslowe and Alleyne. What a pair! Grace Iopollo’s lecture-performance (with actor reading) told us about Edward Alleyne who forced a change...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 29 Jun 2016

Shakespeare 400- So far

Shakespeare 400 -So far the fear in this Shakespeare Year has abated, to be replaced with baited breath. This year is Shakespeare 400 and my contributions so far are small and insignificant to the whole. Yet giant and most most fulfilling to those i shared...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 13 Jun 2016

Staying focused: streamed theatre and me

I’ve been thinking about attention this week. Not the kind that other people give to you, but the kind you create yourself. Focus. Concentration. Absorption. Immersion. I’ve been thinking about it because sustained, unbroken attention is something...
From: Digital Shakespeares on 8 Mar 2016


1616-2016 NEW YEAR SHAKESFEAR Will it all be too much? This celebration of his death. The world is going all out to celebrate. Will our own contribution be lost? The difference lies between our ears. The difference is the same as it has always been. Do...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 2 Jan 2016

Sonnet Book 2015 edition

Sonnet Book 2015 edition in a run of 750 books. NOW HERE for SALE! A new version of William Sutton’s edit and study on the Sonnets, in a very easy to use book. The new edition will be the same handy A6 size and spiral binding. The paper is 200g...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 30 Oct 2015

Shakespeare for the next generation

Shakespeare for the next generation. Wouldn’t that be nice? To be an influence for the good where Shakespeare is concerned. It’s not about us, it’s about him. All in a non-bardolatrous mold. There’s another Workshop 27th in Jerwood...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 28 Aug 2015

Crimson Tempest

Crimson Tempest. What do you see? What do you know? Perhaps you know it appears in Shakespeare’s play The Tragedy of Richard 2nd. What makes a play? We interrupt this blog for promotional purposes. Our primary purpose of this post selling tickets...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 2 Aug 2015

Shadows at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shadows at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Things change in the shadow world. Fear meets awareness, the imagined becomes real. Paper cutouts make an army. Candles cast shadows. Lots of them. Lights are brighter than candles. They too obscure. The rehearsal...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 25 Jul 2015

Henry the Fift in OP at SWP

Henry the Fift in OP at SWP. That’s the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The indoor space at the Globe theatre, the lovechild of American actor Sam Wanamaker. How fitting that Ben Crystal is utilising a cast of Americans, Brits, Europeans, Indians and a...
From: I Love Shakespeare on 15 Jul 2015

Shortest Sonnets marathon in history?

A Scotsman of my acquaintance pointed out we recited his 154 sonnets on his 451st birthday i.e. 154-451 or 451-154. How cool is that? Shakespeare as cool. That would be scanned. Outside my own geekiness I tend to forget not everyone shares my passion....
From: I Love Shakespeare on 7 Jul 2015

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