Tag Archives: theatre

Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter

Kiernan Ryan and Ewan Fernie in  conversation. We are happy to share CUP’s recording of Ewan Fernie’s and Kiernan Ryan’s conversation on Shakespeare for Freedom. CUP states that: Shakespeare for Freedom presents a powerful, plausible and political argument for Shakespeare’s meaning and value. It ranges across the breadth of the Shakespeare phenomenon, offering a new interpretation not […]

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Dylan and Shakespeare

By Stuart Hampton-Reeves, University of Central Lancashire Recently, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature and in his acceptance speech, he made some surprising references to Shakespeare: I began to think about William Shakespeare, the great literary figure. I would reckon he thought of himself as a dramatist. The thought that he was […]

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Podcasting the Bard

“Podcasting the Bard” By Catherine Clifford and Yolana Wassersug   Depending upon whom you ask, we may be experiencing a podcast golden age or “Renaissance” these days. Podcasts, who take their name from a portmanteau of “iPod” and “broadcast”, are easy and inexpensive to produce, and they provide a platform for sharing ideas with a […]

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Spacey: From One Richard to Another

A few years ago I saw and admired Kevin Spacey playing Richard II at the Old Vic, in a production directed by Trevor Nunn.  Now, also at the Old Vic, I’ve seen him as Richard III, expertly directed by Sam Mendes. They were both fine performances, highly individual while showing great respect for the text. […]

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Be seen, be heard, get on with it.

Summer’s here and the time is right for…outdoor Shakespeare. All over the country audiences are packing their picnic baskets and hoping for decent weather as they head out to see Shakespeare in the open air. Our Western tradition is based on outdoor theatre. From Greek tragedy through mystery plays and commedia dell’arte to pantomime and […]

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Re-writing Shakespeare

The Royal Shakespeare Company currently has no plays by Shakespeare in its Stratford repertoire. Well, if you’re a text purist they haven’t. Leaving aside the debate over the provenance of Cardenio, Michael Boyd’s Macbeth has replaced the witches with children, both on stage and in the text, and in The Merchant Of Venice Rupert Goold has […]

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“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”

I have posted a number of blogs in recent months about my involvement with the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress that will be taking place in Prague this July. These Shakespearian gatherings happen every five years, and a great deal of work goes into organising an event that is truly international in scope. A highlight of […]

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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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