Tag Archives: Nick Walton

Elvis and Shakespeare

‘Romeo loved Juliet Juliet she felt the same When he put his arms around her He said ‘Julie, baby, you’re my flame Thou giv-est fever when we kisseth Fever with the flaming youth Fever I’m afire Fever yea I burn for sooth’ Elvis Presley would have sung these lyrics about Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers hundreds of […]

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Sonnets for Advent 22: Sonnet 136

Sonnet 136 seems to cry out to be read biographically, ending as it does with the poet’s name: ‘my name is Will’. But the abbreviated form of ‘William’ was a word highly associated with sex and sexual passions, as to some extent it still is. The poet’s name loses its capital letter in line 3 […]

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Sonnets for Advent 24: Sonnet 135

Is this the most outrageous sonnet of them all? If ‘will’ is slang for both the male and female sexual organs, sexual passion, and is an abbreviated, familiar form of Shakespeare’s first name, then the possible meanings of Sonnet 135 are playfully numerous and potentially surreal.There are 13 mentions of ‘will’ which suggests deliberate obsession […]

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The Plays We Overlook – Introduction

There are the plays everybody knows and loves: the big four tragedies, the cross-dressing comedies, the Henry IVs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra. There are the plays we may feel we have to pretend we know, even if we don’t: Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, The Winter’s Tale, and […]

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Shakespeare Salutes Dickens Part 3

Dickens loved (and lived and breathed) the theatre. In this gently satirical piece, ‘Some of the Performers’ from Sketches by Boz, he takes us backstage just before the curtain rises on a performance of Macbeth… It’s read by my colleague, Dr Nick Walton. Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Dickens! We at The Shakespeare Centre salute thee! […]

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A Shakespearian Girdle Round About the Earth

I wrote last week in anticipation of our annual ‘Winter School’, which this year took the form of a round up of the Shakespearian year. One of those sessions took its inspiration from Puck’s line: ‘I’ll put a girdle round about the earth In forty minutes.’ (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2. 1.) Actually, it took […]

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A Shakespearian Year

‘Winter School’ starts at The Shakespeare Centre on Wednesday. This short course has been taking place annually for many years and this time around eighty people – Shakespeare enthusiasts from around the world -will gather for a review of the last year, as far as Shakespeare is concerned. It’s also a time when we can […]

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