Tag Archives: Poland

From Gdańsk, with love… for Europe and Shakespeare

By Janice Valls-Russell Cranes are – along with spires and towers – part of the Gdańsk cityscape. The harbour had a man-powered crane back in the Middle Ages, to unload cargo in this busy Hanseatic harbour, long before the steel monsters we associate with the city’s shipyards and their politically charged history. Today, building cranes […]

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Shakespeare in Hungary

The world of Shakespeare is coming to England during this Olympic year with a whole string of remarkable productions, many of them taking off from a Shakespeare play rather than offering a straightforward, text-based account of it. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still a world of Shakespeare elsewhere. From 10 to 15 July […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Macbeth

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.   Macbeth, Jan Kochanowski Theatre, Opole, Poland, dir. by Maja Kleczewska, 9 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Paul Prescott, University of Warwick   Warning: this review contains spoilers and nudity Halfway through […]

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Will’s Always There

When I first read a play by Shakespeare, I was 13 years old. A perfect time to read Romeo and Juliet, being exactly the same age as the heroine. This is just crazy how much different I was back then. I was willing to ‘fight’ not to read Shakespeare, I’d never read him before, but […]

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Gdansk Shakespeare

      I write from Gdansk, Poland, where I am attending the 15th annual Shakespeare festival, founded and organized by my friend Professor Jerzy Limon of the University of Gdansk. Acting companies from all over the world come to this city for the first week in August perform. This is my third successive visit, […]

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