Tag Archives: King Lear

The Plays We Overlook: Timon of Athens

If I were to ask you about Timon of Athens you would probably say one or more of three things: (1) It’s generally believed to be a collaboration between Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton; (2) It’s quoted by Karl Marx; (3) Unlike Karl Marx, you have never read it or seen it performed. If (3) is […]

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Wagner’s Shakespearian Birth

Richard Wagner’s engagement with his creative predecessor William Shakespeare began around age 13. At this time, Wagner pronounced Shakespeare’s name “Shicksper,” which triggered for him associations of fate (Shicksal = fate/destiny) and battle (Speer = spear). Wagner related this detail from the distant past to his second wife Cosima in 1874, who wrote it in […]

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Sonnets for Advent 17: Sonnet 66

Today’s sonnet seems full of the winter blues, and perhaps reflects back some of the tiredness that can hit us at this time of year. A twelve-lined sentence limps emphatically forward, stitched together with the repetition of ‘And’ at the beginning of ten of those lines. The couplet reminds us of the tiredness we started […]

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‘King Lear’ for Young People?

In one of his last interviews before standing down as artistic director of the RSC Sir Michael Boyd said of the RSC’s Education Department, ‘in some ways that’s our avant garde’. Inviting Paul Hunter of Told By An Idiot to direct the Young People’s Shakespeare 2010 production of The Comedy Of Errors and the writer, performer and […]

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Evidence of the Shakespeares and the wool trade: John Shakespeare named in the PRO

Shakespeare For Fear of Death 3

‘As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.’ Colette William Ingram in his 1978 biography of Francis Langley, A London Life in the Brazen Age, described the builder of the Swan […]

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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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Year of Shakespeare: King Lear at the Almeida

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.   King Lear, directed by Michael Attenborough for the Almeida Theatre, 22 September 2012 By Sonia Massia, King’s College London Having sat through the first few minutes of Attenborough’s production of […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Forests

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.   Forests, dir. Calixto Bieito,  with dramaturgy from Marc Rosich,  with the Birmingham Rep, Barcelona Internacional Teatre, and the RSC, 31 August 2012 at the Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham By Kate McLuskie, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Talking to the Audience

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.   Talking to the Audience By Bethany Prottey For an English undergraduate, my earliest experiences of Shakespeare were surprisingly uninspired. At the age of fourteen I was just one bored teenager […]

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