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Words, words, words: are we too in thrall to Shakespeare's language?

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve seen three very different versions of the scene in Henry IV Part II, in which the future Henry V tries on his ailing father’s crown. And not a single one of them was exactly as it appears on the page. One was in The Famous Victories of Henry V, created for the …

Shakespeare

Larry Kramer Talks Gay Marriage and 'Normal Heart' Sequel, Says Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy "Were Both Gay"

Few people have had more impact on the modern gay rights movement than Larry Kramer, the combustible Oscar-nominated screenwriter, author and activist …

Larry Kramer

Lenny Henry, thanks for bringing theatre to life

I went to the theatre last week to see the newly knighted Lenny Henry in a production of Educating Rita at the Chichester Festival theatre.

During the first half, Henry, who was playing the disillusioned university professor Frank, stumbled over a monologue about subjective versus objective criticism …

Wine

Two psychologists say they've identified a long-lost (and misattributed) work of Shakespeare's

In April, two researchers at the University of Texas published an article in the academic journal Psychological Science, saying they could attribute a new play to William Shakespeare. The play in question, Double Falsehood, was long thought to have been written a century after Shakespeare’s death …

Great Books

The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

In the early 20th century, the Cherry Sisters — a family of performers from Marion, Iowa — were like a meme.

Simply invoking the name — the Cherry Sisters — was shorthand for anything awful. As Anthony Slide wrote in the Encyclopedia of Vaudeville, the onstage siblings became "synonymous with any act …

Cedar Rapids

13 of Broadway's darkest days | Opinion

After the US Supreme Court made historic rulings in favour of gay marriage throughout the country and upheld affordable health care on June 26, Texas …

Patti LuPone

Guards at the Taj Playwright Rajiv Joseph on Comic Book Inspiration and Writing During the Dim Hours

Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj, which recently extended at the Atlantic Theater Company, is an unexpected mix of brutality, comedy and suspense. He …

Comic Books

Shakespeare in Love to highlight Stratford Festival’s 2016 season

William Shakespeare will take the stage at the Stratford Festival in 2016 – as a character, not just as a playwright.

The romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love will get its North American premiere at Stratford next season, artistic director Antoni Cimolino officially revealed on Wednesday. Lee Hall’s …

Shakespeare

Why Howard Ashman's Family Thought Writing Little Shop of Horrors Was a Suicide Mission

Why Howard Ashman's Family Thought Writing Little Shop of Horrors Was a Suicide Mission

Sarah Ashman Gillespie, sister to Howard Ashman, reflects on …

Roger Corman

What Are You Listening To On The Subway? 16 Broadway Actors Share Their Summer Jams!

What Are You Listening To On The Subway? 16 Broadway Actors Share Their Summer Jams!

Looking for the perfect "Song of the Summer" for your iTunes …

New York City

Shakespeare and Company: Playing the Fool Poetry Prompt

King Lear: Dost thou call me fool, boy?

Fool: All thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with.

—William Shakespeare, King Lear

It’s …

Poetry

Theater: Jimmy Awards Light Up Broadway With Teen Talent

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS *** out of ****

MINSKOFF THEATRE

Summertime may be slow for new shows on Broadway, but it's a great chance for other events to garner attention. The August Wilson Monologue Competition in May spotlights USA's greatest playwright and gives high school kids …

Awards

5 Trailblazing Plays That Set The Stage For LGBT History

From its designers to its performers to its authors, the theater is one of America’s most enduring and dependable safe queer spaces.

While they have …

For Beth Malone, "Butch Is A Beautiful Thing" — What This Fun Home Star Learned Playing Lesbian

For Beth Malone, "Butch Is A Beautiful Thing" — What This Fun Home Star Learned Playing Lesbian

Fun Home Tony Award nominee Beth Malone opens up about …

LGBT

BWW Sunday Exclusive Pride Special: Playwright Jonathan Tolins on Friday's Historic Ruling- 'Theater Definitely Played an Important Role in What Happened'

Playwright Jonathan Tolins (author of BUYER & CELLAR and TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS) coined the phrase 'The Last Sunday in June' and turned it into a

Playwrights

An Asian-American Theater Company Cuts a Fresh Casting Trail

When the actress Mia Katigbak was a student at Barnard College in the 1970s, she was the only Asian-American studying theater and mostly got to play “maids and hookers,” she said. One day the department head asked her to join a Molière comedy. She would play the harpsichord from behind a screen, …

Anatomy of a Scene: Tony-Winning Designer Bob Crowley on 'An American in Paris'

“The responsibility of putting Paris on stage in front of Parisians gave me nightmares,” says Tony Award-winning designer Bob Crowley of constructing …

Award Shows

Shakespeare's Unfilmable Dream

Geoffrey O’Brien
Julie Taymor declared recently that A Midsummer Night’s Dream is “unfilmable.” The remark was intended not to disparage her own …

Great Books

A Fine Showmance: How Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild Went From Childhood Sweethearts to Dance Partners for Life

A Fine Showmance: How Tiler Peck and Robbie Fairchild Went From Childhood Sweethearts to Dance Partners for Life

As part of our ongoing profiles of …

Love

Must Musicals Be True to Their Sources?

Our Expert Recommends

Rent

Liza and Patti and Angela — The Definitive Divas Who Are Gay Icons

Liza and Patti and Angela — The Definitive Divas Who Are Gay Icons

As part of Playbill.com's 30 Days of Pride, correspondent Ben Rimalower offers a …

LGBT

Audra McDonald Recalls Meeting Seth Rudetsky — And Says He's Become a "Heroic" Father

Audra McDonald Recalls Meeting Seth Rudetsky — And Says He's Become a "Heroic" Father

As part of Playbill's 30 Days of Pride, award-winning actress …

Audra McDonald

Out of their minds: the actors' guide to playing King Lear

Jonathan Pryce

Played Lear at London's Almeida theatre in 2012, directed by Michael Attenborough. Some critics questioned the production's implication that Lear might have abused his daughters.

Tradition dictates that you should play Lear while you're young enough to lift Cordelia up and carry her. I …

Ian McKellen

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, Virgins of the Gay Pride March

When Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi come sailing down Fifth Avenue in convertibles at the Gay Pride March on Sunday, they will not only be grand marshals at the annual event but also first-time attendees.

So on Thursday morning, these revered British actors, who appear together in the PBS sitcom …

Derek Jacobi

Broadway Erupts With Joy and Tears for Marriage Equality – Audra McDonald, Jonathan Groff, Harvey Fierstein, Lea DeLaria, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fun Home Stars and More React!

Broadway Erupts With Joy and Tears for Marriage Equality – Audra McDonald, Jonathan Groff, Harvey Fierstein, Lea DeLaria, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Fun Home

LGBT

How Theatre Helped Stimulate Debate About Gay Marriage

How Theatre Helped Stimulate Debate About Gay Marriage

In honor of the Supreme Court's historic ruling on gay marriage in America, here is a roundup …

Marriage

How this group of playwrights is fighting sexism on Broadway

“The List,” released by theater group the Kilroys, runs down the 53 best unproduced plays by women and trans playwrights.

Hollywood isn’t the only place where women writers and directors are underrepresented. The best current tallies put the share of women-written plays produced in American theater …

Sexism

Yul Brynner's Last Anna Remembers Her Own Emotional King and I Moment

Yul Brynner's Last Anna Remembers Her Own Emotional King and I Moment

Photo by Henry Grossman

Tony Award nominee Mary Beth Peil made her Broadway debut …

Broadway Follies: On Hal Prince, The Tony Awards & Art V. Commerce

UPDATE Wednesday morning, adding link to N.Y. Times column below. Earlier: Jeremy Gerard has covered the evolving fortunes of Jujamcyn Theatres since

Award Shows

After 25 Years, Jason Alexander Returns to Broadway — And It's All Thanks to Ethel Merman

After 25 Years, Jason Alexander Returns to Broadway — And It's All Thanks to Ethel Merman

More than two decades after he left the New York stage for a …

Jason Alexander