Tag Archives: R.S.C.

Shipwrecked in Ilyria

Having just reviewed The Tempest for YearofShakespeare.com, I thought you might like to hear some of my responses to the R.S.C.’s production of Twelfth Night, or What You Will. The recording was made just a few moments after I’d seen it. Just click on the audio-post below. listen to ‘Twelfth Night WSF’ on Audioboo

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A Free On-line Course!

As readers of this blog know, we’ve been busily working on a new on-line course called Getting to Know Shakespeare. It’s been produced and built by my friends and colleagues at The LaC and is sponsored by The Arden Shakespeare. The course is all up and running – it’s FREE! – and you can sign […]

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Much Ado about ‘Much Ado’

To the Wyndham’s theatre last Thursday to see Josie Rourke’s production of Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant as Benedick and Catherine Tate as Beatrice. A small coach full of colleagues (staff and volunteers) from The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust made the much anticipated jaunt down from Stratford-upon-Avon. We were not disappointed, and it was […]

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Cardenio, or a ‘Double Falsehood’

Back in November I attended a fascinating one day conference at the University of Chichester about Shakespearian theories. Professor Tiffany Stern (University College, Oxford) gave a splendidly candid paper which cast doubt over there being any Shakespearian connection with the so-called lost play Cardenio. It’s a compelling and involved argument which in part relied on […]

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Politics, Poetry and Passion: Richard II in Bristol

Human emotion and political intrigue crackle through Richard II. History, politics, and feeling are all made vibrant by its rich poetic dynamic.   It is not surprising that Sir John Gielgud felt strongly that actors should be cast in this play on account of their different vocal qualities. Long stretches of Richard II require sustained […]

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Harriet Walter’s Will Power

A couple of months ago I wrote here about Harriet Walter. I was then preparing a piece about her for a book, Actors’ Shakespeare, edited by John Russell Brown and Kevin Ewert, due to be published by Routledge next spring. It is an anthology with different contributors writing about different actors. Our brief is to […]

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“See better, Lear”

I’ve been up in Newcastle working with the RSC this week. We’ve been running our annual Sixth Form Conference at the Theatre Royal. This year’s conference was based around David Farr’s production of ‘King Lear’. I was talking about the play’s performance history – Kelly Hunter, who is playing Goneril led workshops based on her […]

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Gossip Quickly

Mistress Quickly (or ‘Quick-lay’ as her name might imply) is one of Shakespeare’s most vibrant comic energies and appears in four plays. When treated well in performance, Mistress Quickly’s stage presence can conjure up a whole world of past sentiment and longing which can suddenly change into something much more tough-edged and brave. She makes […]

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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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