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Shakespeare’s Sources – Romeo and Juliet

Continuing my series on Shakespeare’s sources – this week we take a look at Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare ‘borrowed’ the plot of Romeo and Juliet from a story that was already traditional in many European countries and had recently been re-told in a long narrative poem by Arthur  Brooke. Although Brooke’s poem was very similar […]

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Hicks and me

“Put a girdle round about the earth….”

There will be two Global Gatherings in Stratford this weekend.  One will take place at Long Marston Airfield, and will feature Dizzee Rascal, Faithless and Paul Oakendfold, and the other will happen just steps away from Shakespeare’s birthplace. As I write, school teachers from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Latvia, Malta, […]

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Double Falsehood – Part 1

For the first time since its inception in the late 19th century, the Arden Shakespeare, now in its third edition, has published a play not written by the dramatist from whom it derives its name, but rather an adaptation of a play attributed to him – and a lost one to boot. Double Falsehood; or, […]

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What did King Lear have for breakfast?

What did King Lear have for breakfast? What does Cordelia like to do on her holidays? And who would win at a game of chess – Gonerill or Regan? Answers on a postcard. Some actors find it really useful to create imaginary lives for Shakespeare’s characters beyond the words on the page. Shakespeare often throws […]

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“Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing” (Sir Ralph Richardson)

We’ve had a lovely group of talented actors from Texas with us this week.  They have been participating in one of our ‘Shakespeare Text and Theatre’ courses, whilst also rehearsing and doing research in our archives.  As well as seeing and discussing the RSC’s repertoire, this group also had the chance to see a new […]

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Timon of Boston!

I’ve just returned from Boston where I’ve been speaking at events running alongside The Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Timon of Athens http://www.actorsshakespeareproject.org/ This play is rarely performed and has a reputation for being unwatchable, unstageable, and unshakespearian – but Bill Barclay and his cast have produced a terrific piece of theatre, which not only […]

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