Tag Archives: The Tempest


Romeo played by Johnny Depp. Now that I would have liked to see. He has, to be sure, scrupulously avoided playing the gorgeous romantic leads that his looks would have made possible, but in his lost vulnerable Gilbert Grape and Sam (of Benny and Joon) days he would have put more depth, or at least […]

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Back to School with Shakespeare

                  While attending the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elementary Educators Conference this summer, I had the supreme pleasure of meeting two fantastic authors,  who have supplied those of us who dare to teach Shakespeare with two inspiring, new resources for the classroom.  Acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig recently published […]

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The Tempest in Bitola

The Tempest Lit Moon Theatre Company, Santa Barbara, USA Director: John Blondell Review by Randall Martin The gritty basement storage area of the Bitola National Theatre looked like a good space for some rough magic. Floor-to-ceiling v-shaped support-beams, with hanging knotted ropes and swinging poles, suggested the deck of a ship or a New World […]

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A fan letter to Shakespeare’s Globe

The Globe x 3: The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew, and Macbeth, June 2013   From zero to three in ten days. What can I say? To see one Shakespeare play at the Globe in London was the main reason for this trip.  We saw three.   THE TEMPEST Directed      by: Jeremy Herrin […]

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Tolkien and Shakespeare: An Unexpected Discovery

I recently transitioned my voracious readers, in my elementary ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom, from a steady diet of Shakespeare to a more balanced literacy model incorporating other gifted writers, such as J.R.R. Tolkien.  While varying their literary choices has allowed me to introduce them to such great Tolkien works as The Hobbit and […]

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Sir Nick Hytner on Shakespeare

It all started about eighteen months ago. The University of Notre Dame in London wanted very much to feel it was doing all it could to honour Stanley Wells  C.B.E. as the pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar. So, Notre Dame’s London director, Greg Kucich, and Shakespeare scholar Boika Sokolva invited The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Shakespeare […]

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Shakespeare in South Florida – Part III

This is the final post in my three-part series on the Shakespeare scene in South Florida.  Click for part one and part two. Perhaps the most eccentric of the local Shakespeare companies is a little group called Shakespeare Miami.  I saw their production of Macbeth which was performed on a big grassy green in Coconut […]

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Islet of Wonder

‘O Brave New World’ – Atmospheres of the Tempest A Retz production, www.retz.co.uk January to July 2012 297 Hoxton Street, London N1, Hoxton Gardens and the Grand Union Canal   Reviewed by Polly Mortimer   This fantastical production reached its audience on many levels – the physical space (a small deserted shop in Hoxton), which shapeshifted every month,  […]

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Surviving a Swedish ‘Tempest’

In optimistic defiance of the depressingly reliable unreliability of the Northern summer, there is usually a good deal of outdoor theatre to be enjoyed in Sweden in June, July and August. Recently, I joined a party of Shakespeare enthusiasts in climbing-boots and windcheaters on the rocky peninsula of Kullaberg, a nature reserve in southern Sweden, […]

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