Tag Archives: The Rape of Lucrece

Digging for Richard

Though Shakespeare was not mentioned, there was a manifest and contrived theatricality about the press conference announcing that the skeleton unearthed in a Leicester car park was indeed that of King Richard III. Not that anyone could have doubted what the conclusion would be. How could the University, clearly pulling all the stops out to […]

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Year of Shakespeare: The Rape of Lucrece

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.   The Rape of Lucrece – Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, 22nd September By Fionnuala O’Neill, University of Edinburgh Singer Camille O’Sullivan presumably did not expect her show suddenly to become […]

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Shakespeare Wins the Debate: Part 2

On Monday (3 June) I was the opening speaker at a debate held at the English-Speaking Union headquarters in London at which the motion was ‘This house believes that William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon wrote the plays and poems attributed to him’. The other speakers in favour of the motion were Paul Edmondson and Michael Dobson; […]

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Face of Clay

In New York last week I had the unusual and fascinating experience of sitting for my portrait bust. The artist is Greg Wyatt, a distinguished sculptor whose many remarkable works include the Shakespeare-inspired sculptures commissioned for the Great Garden of Shakespeare’s home, New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. Other works by him adorn many public buildings in America […]

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Our National Poet on National Poetry Day

So today is National Poetry Day. I’m not sure what that signifies: presumably that we should remind ourselves of what poetry means, or has meant, to us. Is it true that for many, perhaps most people, poetry is something that belongs to their youth, their early, romantic days? Love poems by Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth, Byron, […]

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