Tag Archives: Henry IV Part Two

Sir Nick Hytner on Shakespeare

It all started about eighteen months ago. The University of Notre Dame in London wanted very much to feel it was doing all it could to honour Stanley Wells  C.B.E. as the pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar. So, Notre Dame’s London director, Greg Kucich, and Shakespeare scholar Boika Sokolva invited The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Shakespeare […]

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Can You Do That to Shakespeare?

In the Raspberry Hills Library English Book Circle the question has often been raised of how much we can accept things done to the classics. Can Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law really do that to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson?  Can Laurie R. King really have a feisty young Marry Russell marry an aging […]

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Bad Bard Encounters?

As a self-proclaimed Shakespeare fanatic, I take it for granted that anyone would not be completely enthralled with reading, reciting, or otherwise obsessing over iambic pentameter. What’s not to love? Shakespeare has something for everyone. I equate reading Shakespeare with selecting the perfect movie to watch on a Saturday night. Shakespeare’s selection of works offers […]

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Not fat enough for Falstaff?

I wanted so badly for it to be PERFECT – expected it would be after the BBC’s Richard II! – but oh dear, a miss is as good as a mile. Henry IV? YES. Hotspur & Kate? YES. Supporting cast? YES. Falstaff? Um… Hal? Er… Hal was great for the serious stuff (his showdown with […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Henry IV Part Two

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.   Henry IV Part Two, Elkafka Espcaio Teatral , dir. by Ruben Szuchmacher, 15 May 2012 at The Globe, London By David Ruiter, University of Texas at El Paso Ruben Szuchmacher and the Elkafka […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – Henry IV part ii

Continuing from last week’s blog about Henry IV part 1 and Henry’s crusade this week we move into the next play, Henry IV part 2, but keep an eye on the theme of crusades. Here we see Henry more established in his reign planning, quite cold heartedly to use the crusade as a way “to […]

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Boozy Shakespeare

It’s party time. Last night I went to The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s annual Christmas get-together (in fact, I even appeared briefly as Father Christmas to help spread a little festive cheer). We had lots to eat and not a bit to drink, and it set me thinking about Shakespeare’s attitude to alcohol. There was a […]

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“Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world”

Over in Boston right now The Actors’ Shakespeare Project theatre company is putting the final touches to its new production of ‘Henry IV’ parts 1 and 2 – watch the trailer above for a taste of what’s to come. To help contextualize the goings-on in these plays for its audience the company has sensibly decided […]

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Gossip Quickly

Mistress Quickly (or ‘Quick-lay’ as her name might imply) is one of Shakespeare’s most vibrant comic energies and appears in four plays. When treated well in performance, Mistress Quickly’s stage presence can conjure up a whole world of past sentiment and longing which can suddenly change into something much more tough-edged and brave. She makes […]

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