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Samsung And The Royal Shakespeare Company Break Down The Bard In A New App

The glories of William Shakespeare can seem somewhat inaccessible, especially to young students, unless they are blessed with an excellent teacher.<p>Re:Shakespeare, new app from Samsung Electronics UK and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), is hoping to change that by marrying talent and popular …

William Shakespeare

Teacher: Why it is ridiculous not to teach Shakespeare in school

I’ve been inundated with e-mails from teachers and other Shakespeare lovers yelling about a post published early Saturday (which you can read here) by a high school teacher who says she doesn’t want to teach the Bard anymore. Why? Because, she said, she doesn’t like his work and thinks that there …

How Shakespeare invented 'unfriend' 400 years before Facebook

Studying Shakespeare is made overly complicated by assuming that it is too difficult to understand, Professor David Crystal says<p>Studying Shakespeare for exams is made far more confusing than it ought to be for a generation which has unwittingly adopted the Bard's own language devices, one of the …

Shakespeare's evolving attitudes towards women

<b>If you could take on the role of one woman from Shakespeare's plays, who would it be?</b><p>Perhaps the passionate Juliet appeals, a hormone-addled adolescent whom love transforms into a full-blooded woman aware of her sexuality and not afraid to express it.<p>Could some situations at work call for the …

Signing Shakespeare: his plays let us show the poetry of BSL

Deafinitely Theatre was the first company of deaf actors to perform a full-length Shakespeare play, at the Globe in London. In 2012, we were approached to do Love’s Labour’s Lost as part of the Globe to Globe festival, which aimed to celebrate Shakespeare’s plays and perform each of them in a …

Charlie Chaplin

Emma Rice: 'a lot of Shakespeare feels like medicine'

Emma Rice is not so much a breath of fresh air on the London theatre scene as a one-woman tornado. The incoming artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe had not even officially taken over the job before she caused eyebrows to be raised, cheerfully announcing her plans to swap the genders of …

Yvonne Brewster: Nobody was offering black actors Shakespeare so we staged our King Lear

I am a Shakespeare freak. It’s about how you get taught. My grandfather was a Jew from Poland who trained as a lawyer and ended up in Jamaica as an undertaker. He was a very intelligent man and took me under his wing: made me listen to Ella Fitzgerald and read Dickens. He used to quote Shakespeare …

Acting

Shylock Is My Name review – Howard Jacobson takes on Shakespeare’s Venetian moneylender

The figure of the unassimilated Jew, defiantly “other” in skullcap, gabardine and fringed garment, has been a source of Gentile unease for centuries. It is what fuels the main plot of <i>The Merchant of Venice</i>, and its corollary – Jew-baiting – is what gives the play its uncomfortable immediacy. We …

Books

New Shakespeare exhibition includes copy of plays read by Charles I as he awaited execution

Coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, exhibition at Windsor Castle traces Royal family's enduring love of the Bard<p>Imprisoned on the Isle of Wight as he tried to bargain for his life , Charles I drew comfort and inspiration from his copy of Willliam Shakespeare’s plays. He …

Sir Patrick Stewart: My best Shakespeare teacher

One day when I was 12, Cecil Dormand, my English teacher at Mirfield Secondary Modern in West Yorkshire, handed out copies of <i>The Merchant of Venice</i>. …

Give Angela Bassett All the Awards for This Shakespeare Monologue

Her Lady Macbeth will floor you.<p>Watching Angela Bassett as Lady Macbeth is basically a religious experience. In an interview with TheRoot.com, the <i>American Horror Story</i> star is prompted to give a few lines from any monologue she remembers. Because she's an Actress with a capital A, Bassett opts for …

The Theatre

Charlton Heston rare Shakespeare collection going on sale this month

Charlton Heston: rare book collector? The actor is perhaps best known for growling “take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape,” not for a …

Literary Prizes

Supreme Court Justice To Appear in Shakespeare Play

Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have a cameo in Merchant of Venice.<p>U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will have a cameo role in an upcoming …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Steven Maler's Free Shakespeare Earns Him Elliot Norton Prize; A.R.T. Leads The Nominees

Support the news<p><i>Joyce Kulhawik is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, member of The Boston Society of Film Critics and a regular contributor to The</i> …

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Blackface

In the mid-1800s, if you were a seamstress or a longshoreman, Shakespeare's plots and characters were not strangers to you. Othello and Desdemona were as well-known then as Homer and Marge are today. But when you went to the theater, the Othello you saw probably wasn't speaking in iambic pentameter …

Thinker, lover, father, King’s man … to mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, great writers explore different sides of Shakespeare. Beginning a week-long series, James Shapiro reveals why his work took a dark turn with the death of Elizabeth. Illustration by Matthew Richardson<p>Most of us …

Literature

Monday’s best TV: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Springwatch

<b>Springwatch 2016</b><p>8pm, BBC2<p>The 90th birthday of David Attenborough has occasioned a lot of high-profile natural history TV so far this year, but Springwatch has a considerable low-key charm. Tonight and throughout the week, Chris Packham and Michaela Strachan present the week’s action from RSPB …

Steven Spielberg

Hay festival: Russell T Davies defends cutting Shakespeare texts

Russell T Davies has defended cutting Shakespeare and said he would not countenance keeping a female character declaring she would kill herself for love.<p>Davies’ version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is broadcast on BBC1 on Monday evening. He told Hay festival that he has cut boldly, and not just …

William Shakespeare

Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler review – a sparky spin on Shakespeare

Dysfunctional family relationships are Anne Tyler’s forte, and her retelling of <i>The Taming of the Shew</i>, part of the Hogarth Press’s initiative to give Shakespeare plays a prose remodelling to mark the 400th anniversary of his death, gives her plenty to work with.<p>In Tyler’s revamping, the shrew is …

Books

Royal Shakespeare Company's HAMLET Will Hit US Movie Theatres in July!

Beginning July 1, 2016, the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's Hamlet will play in select movie houses across North …

Leonardo Da Vinci

How Far That Little Candle Throws His Beams

I’ve got a question for you.<p>I’m going to assume, since you’re reading this, that you like Shakespeare. Maybe you’re a theatre geek in general, or …

Winnie-the-Pooh

Shakespeare Solos: peer into the minds of Lear, Hamlet and Titania

How do you make Shakespeare instantly available? One answer is to film star actors doing great speeches. The first six videos in the Guardian’s Shakespeare Solos series do just that. What they reveal is how the camera can be an aid, rather than an enemy, in revealing the intricate thought processes …

William Shakespeare

David Morrissey as Richard III: ‘Now is the winter of our discontent’ – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, David Morrissey speaks the opening lines from Richard III in which the scheming Richard lays out his plan to turn his brothers, the Duke of Clarence and the newly enthroned …

Morrissey

Adrian Lester as Hamlet: ‘To be or not to be’ – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Adrian Lester speaks Hamlet’s soliloquy from act III, scene 1, in which the prince reflects on mortality and considers taking his own life.

Hamlet

Eileen Atkins as Emilia in Othello: ‘If wives do fall’ – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Eileen Atkins speaks Emilia’s lines from Othello, act IV scene 3. Emilia, Iago’s wife, counsels Desdemona on marriage and fidelity<p>Read the full text for this speech<br>• Read more …

William Shakespeare

Ayesha Dharker as Shakespeare’s Titania: ‘The forgeries of jealousy’ – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Ayesha Dharker plays Titania, the queen of the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Titania has quarrelled with Oberon, king of the fairies. As the pair have control over the …

Stratford

Samuel West as Henry V: 'Upon the king' – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Samuel West speaks Henry V’s soliloquy from Act IV, Scene 1. On the night before battle, Henry reflects upon the public’s expectations of the king

Entertainment

Daniel Mays as Macbeth: 'Is this a dagger which I see before me?' – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Daniel Mays speaks Macbeth’s lines from Act II, Scene 1. As Macbeth waits for the bell to signal the time for him to murder Duncan, he has a vision of a dagger

Macbeth

Camille O'Sullivan as Constance in King John: 'Thou art not holy' – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Camille O’Sullivan plays Constance in King John, Act III, Scene 4. Constance laments the loss of her son, Arthur, who has been captured, but disputes the suggestion that she …

The Arts

Sacha Dhawan as Shakespeare's Parolles: 'Are you meditating on virginity?' – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Sacha Dhawan delivers an edited version of Parolles’s lines from the first scene of All’s Well That Ends Well. Parolles urges Helena to consider the importance of losing one’s …

Meditation