Tag Archives: Michael Boyd

‘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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Year of Shakespeare: Festivals, Sponsorship and Spontaneity

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.   Festivals, Sponsorship and Spontaneity By Emily Linnemann, Shakespeare Institute For the past few weeks I’ve been walking past a poster at Euston tube station announcing the beginning of the London […]

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Reviewing Shakespearian Theatre

I read theatre reviews for all sorts of reasons. Often I want to know what a show is like which I know I won’t be able to see. Sometimes I like to know whether my own thoughts about a particular production are shared more widely. There is a certain feeling of justice being done (isn’t […]

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Curtain up on the new RST

The opening of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre was always going to be a cause of major excitement and controversy. My association with it dates from 1989 when a school trip from York brought me to see John Caird’s punk A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was unforgettable. And, since 1995, I have seen virtually all […]

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Not what we ought to say about the R.S.C.?

It has come to be something of an annual highlight. The hall of The Shakespeare Institute is full with members of the R.S.C.’s Summer School (most of them Shakespearian amateurs and enthusiasts; some of them Shakespeare professionals), and in walk Stanley Wells and Michael Billington to a significant round of applause. They have come to […]

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