Tag Archives: Ovid

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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Shakespeare’s Sources – Titus Andronicus

Continuing my series on Shakespeare’s sources I turn my attention to one of Shakespeare’s most brutal plays – Titus Andronicus. Among the many killings that pepper this play there are some particularly nasty events, any one of a sensitive nature might wish to stop reading now… … Lavinia (Titus’ daughter) is brutally raped by Tamora’s […]

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A Midsummer in Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter, it is sweet to remember that six months ago it was summer – even here in Lund, Sweden. (On the world map according to Shakespeare, Lund is only a hop, skip and jump across the water away from Elsinore and Hamlet’s Castle, and the chronicle where the story of the Danish […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most original plays – rather than dreiving from one or two clear sources the text is rich with references  to familiar works by other writers from Ovid to Plutarch and Chaucer.  From Plutarch’s The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romanes for instance Shakespeare took both Theseus and […]

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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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