Tag Archives: Simon Callow

What Larks! Shakespeare and Dickens

Although I’ve devoted most of my life to Shakespeare, Dickens was my first literary love, and provides my earliest bookish memory. It must date back to around 1940, when I was ten years old, a primary school child in Yorkshire. I remember spending much of a weekend sitting behind a sofa reading The Pickwick Papers […]

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Sun Breaks on Shakespeare’s Secrets

Shakespeare loves being talked about. I’m sure he was delighted when audience members (crammed into The Globe or the Blackfriars theatre) nudged one another and exchanged thoughts about the plays. One of the earliest references to him as a writer relates to his ‘sugared sonnets among his private friends.’ It’s good to imagine poems in […]

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Being Callow

Recently I was asked by Trafalgar Studios to host a question and answer session with Simon Callow following a performance of his one-man show Being Shakespeare (http://www.beingshakespeare.com/). I’ve no idea why or how this came about, but the invitation came with a free ticket, and free tickets should never be turned down. Callow delivered a […]

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“This is the short and the long of it”

10 things I didn’t know before this week’s Winter School at SBT That the size of a person’s head can be used to estimate a person’s height – this comment was made in reference to the Cobbe Portrait of Shakespeare. That there are four Shakespeare plays that the actor Jeffery Dench hasn’t yet performed in […]

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