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Romeo played by Johnny Depp. Now that I would have liked to see. He has, to be sure, scrupulously avoided playing the gorgeous romantic leads that his looks would have made possible, but in his lost vulnerable Gilbert Grape and Sam (of Benny and Joon) days he would have put more depth, or at least […]

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Year of Shakespeare: The Olympics Opening Ceremony

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   What did people make of Shakespeare’s role in the ‘Isles of Wonder’ Olympic Opening Ceremony last night? Here are some thoughts from Twitter – you can add your voice to […]

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‘A marvellous box of tricks’: On the shipwreck in Tree’s ‘The Tempest’

The focus on journeys, isolation and wreckage in the current RSC ‘Shipwreck trilogy’ has turned my attention to Victorian productions of these plays, and their use of the shipwreck motif. One such production immediately springs to mind: Tree’s 1904 Tempest at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The play was divided into three acts, and frameworked with two […]

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Shakespeare in Sweden

Caliban as a buzzed up grunge metaller, Lear as a red-nosed clown, Olivia as the owner and Malvolio the manager of a down-sized tire factory whose workers belt out rock ‘n’ roll classics and roar onto stage on a Harley Davidson, Othello played by a frail but feisty twenty-something white woman… Swedish theater is not […]

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Shakespeare’s Villains: Condemning Caliban

This is the second in a series of blogs looking at Shakespeare’s villains each week there will be a post on Finding Shakespeare as well as Blogging Shakespeare and an Online exhibition on Flickr On the face of it what Caliban tries to do to Miranda is wrong, no one would contest that, and yet […]

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The Tempest – two 21st Century productions

This is part of a series of blogs on Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, blogs will be posted both here and at http://findingshakespeare.co.uk/ on Fridays. This blog is really too short for two full theatre reviews but I would like to conclude the Collections and Learning teams joint celebration on The Tempest with a little about the last two […]

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What’s in a word?

Last week I looked at names and the power of names, this week I want to think a bit about language. Let me begin with a question. If you lived in a culture that had no word for love would you ever fall in love? Can you experience something you have no name for? Which […]

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The Tempest – Illustration

This is part of a series of blogs on Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, blogs will be posted both here and at http://findingshakespeare.co.uk/ on Fridays. The wonderful thing about illustration is that you can portray the things you can only imagine in Shakespeare’s plays. Unlike stage sets or even television, illustration is not constrained to the practical, the possible […]

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The Tempest and the Supernatural

Caliban, Half Human, Half … This is part of a series of blogs on Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, blogs will be posted both here and at http://findingshakespeare.co.uk/ on Fridays. When people ask me what Shakespeare would do if he were alive today, I often speculate that he would be writing science fiction and my reasons […]

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