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A German Hamlet: Fratricide Punished

Photographs taken during the puppet performance of “Der Berstraffe Brudermord” by The Hidden Room theatre company on the fourth day of the Blackfriars Conference at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia on Saturday, October 26, 2013.Photo...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 11 Oct 2017

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

Shakespeare and the White House

President Obama is about to hand over to the incoming President Trump, and in the last few days an interview with Obama about the books that are important to him has been published in the New York Times. One of the authors he mentions is of course Shakespeare. ...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 19 Jan 2017

The making of the First Folio

I wrote a week or so ago about Emma Smith’s new book The Making of Shakespeare’s First Folio, published by Bodleian Library Publishing, and the stories relating to the Bodleian Library’s own copy. One of the books I inherited from my...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 2 Feb 2016

Pumpkins and cabbages: vegetables in Shakespeare’s Windsor

At the end of the growing season the shops are full of produce, with onions, pumpkins and other vegetables in store for the winter. As the harvest hymn has it, “all is safely gathered in /ere the winter storms begin”. In a lovely little book...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 3 Nov 2015

Remembering the Battle of Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt The 600th anniversary of one of the most famous British military victories is being celebrated this month. The actual date is the 25th October 1415, the event the Battle of Agincourt when Henry V, with an outnumbered and outclassed...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 12 Oct 2015

Is King John Shakespeare’s most unloved play?

Jo Stone-Fewings as King John (Shakespeare’s Globe, 2015) This weekend the Globe’s production of King John (co-produced with Royal & Derngate, Northampton, directed by James Dacre), closes. It’s the very last play in the canon to...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 27 Jun 2015

Julie Taymor’s phantasmagoric film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Julie Taymor’s film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was released in the UK, perhaps predictably, on Sunday 21 June 2015. And from the trailer, it looks amazing (see the end of this post). As a director she’s worked around the world...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 24 Jun 2015

Anticipating Macbeth on film

It doesn’t often happen that a Shakespeare film is dubbed “The “Most Anticipated Film” of the year, but this is how the adaptation of Macbeth directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard has been...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 9 Jun 2015

New Shakespeare MOOC

I’ve only recently heard about a new Shakespeare MOOC that has just started  so you still have time to sign up if you want to join in. As with all MOOCs the course is free. It’s called Shakespeare in Community, and is sponsored by the...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 2 May 2015

Shakespeare’s undiscovered play?

The Arden edition of Double Falsehood A few days ago I read the announcement that a new play by Shakespeare had been discovered. Well don’t get too excited because this is another bit of research looking at the Cardenio/Double Falsehood issue. I...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 13 Apr 2015

The mystery of Mr W H

Shakespeares Sonnets title page 1609 The headline read: “Has the mystery of Shakespeare’s sonnets finally been solved?” My thought was – which one? The sonnets are puzzling in many ways. Do they tell  a real story, or are they...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 4 Feb 2015

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

Remembering Richard Pasco, Shakespearian actor

  Richard Pasco On Wednesday 12 November Richard Pasco became the third eminent Shakespeare actor with close associations to Stratford-upon-Avon to die in 2014. Sadly there has been little immediate media interest, unlike that which met the death...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 17 Nov 2014

Marking the centenary of World War 1 with Shakespeare

Ceramic poppies at the Tower of London This week the marking of the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 has reached its climax with Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day. The installation of the sea of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London has shown...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 12 Nov 2014


Hamlet from the Gower Memorial Hamlet has got to be the most frequently quoted or alluded to work of literature ever written. People may not even realise they are quoting from the play when they say “Neither a borrower or a lender be”, “more...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 21 Jul 2014

Shakespeare’s vision of apocalypse: King Lear at the National Theatre

As I write this on the afternoon of 6 June the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy are taking place. President Hollande, speaking into a microphone, has been talking about peace in Europe, in front of an audience of...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 9 Jun 2014

King Lear and poverty

Simon Russell Beale as KIng Lear, National Theatre I’m finally getting to see Simon Russell Beale playing King Lear at the National Theatre this week. I’m not sure how much I’m going to agree with some of the interpretation, but with...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 2 Jun 2014

Celebrating Shakespeare and Purcell with the Orchestra of the Swan

Henry Purcell Stratford-upon-Avon’s own chamber orchestra, the Orchestra of the Swan, is currently celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th anniversary by performing four concerts of music inspired by his work. The first concert, last Friday, included...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 23 May 2014

Henry IV Part 1: relaying the live event

Antony Sher as Falstaff. Photographer: Kwame Lestrade Earlier this week I attended the performance of Henry IV Part 1 performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, that was being simultaneously broadcast to cinemas around the UK, and is to be shown in schools,...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 16 May 2014

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