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Shakespeare in Kabul Part 2

The World Shakespeare Festival; a production of Love’s Labour’s Lost in Kabul; a production of The Comedy of Errors in the Globe to Globe season; Shakespeare’s ability to speak to the Afghan people; Rumi recited in Shakespeare’s Birthplace; an international conversation begins… About a month ago, I posted a blog about a new book, Shakespeare […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Love’s Labour’s Lost

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.   Love’s Labour’s Lost, Deafinitely Theatre, dir. Paula Garfield, 23 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Kate Rumbold, University of Birmingham It was changeover time at Bankside on a sunny May afternoon: clusters […]

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Shakespeare in Kabul

‘The late afternoon air was unusually soft for Kabul, especially in the garden where we stood. It was a few days after Naw Ruz, the Zoroastrian New year that falls on the first day of spring. Almond trees were in bloom, and their delicate scent was complemented by an angled light sifting over a small […]

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Shakespeare’s sources – Love’s Labour’s Lost

Today marks the final blog in my series on Shakespeare’s sources and my final play is Love’s Labour’s Lost. I have left this play to last because it is said to be Shakespeare’s most original play. There is no direct literary source (as far as anyone knows) as there is with many of Shakespeare’s plays. […]

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Shakespeare and the Senses: The Pain of Seeing

Paul Edmondson and I gave a talk at Shakespeare’s Globe recently on Shakespeare’s sonnets and the senses. We shall probably blog about it all before long, but in the meantime here are a few thoughts about Shakespeare and sight which didn’t go into our talk. Shakespeare’s writings are packed with references to the value of […]

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“Do you hear, forester?”

Ten Shakespearian conversation-openers with which to begin (or possibly sideline) a new relationship “Did not I dance with you in Brabant once?” (‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’, 2.1.114) “Sweet Saint, for charity be not so cursed” (‘Richard III’, 1.2.49) “What my dear Lady Disdain! Are yoo yet living?” (‘Much Ado About Nothing’, 1.1.112) “Say, what’s thy name? Thou hast […]

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Shakespeare’s Deepest Debt to Montaigne

Montaigne, about whom I wrote in relation to Shakespeare last week, is in the air at present. BBC Radio 3 broadcast a play and a talk about him at the weekend, and on Saturday The Guardian published a fascinating extract from a new book about him. In my last blog, taking my cue from Sarah […]

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A Shakespearian Winter

When I got up this morning – not all that early – the temperature was minus ten centigrade and six inches of snow covered the ground, with more forecast. This set me thinking about Shakespeare and weather. There’s a lot of it around in his works. Even the persona of Sonnet 34 wishes he’d taken […]

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Shakespeare: Renaissance Man

Lecturing yesterday evening at the Shakespeare Centre on ‘Shakespeare as a Man of the Renaissance’, I stressed particularly the fact that he had a humanistic education, centering on Latin literature and on the techniques of rhetoric and oratory of which he displays great mastery in his plays and poems. He draws extensively on Roman history, […]

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