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Hurray for Riz Ahmed’s Netflix Dane – but is it time for a moratorium on A-list Hamlets?

The importance of playing the prince isn’t just overstated, it’s boring. Which is why we should welcome a break from the usual narrow casting<p>To be or not to be? It’s not so much the question as it is a Netflix negotiation: Riz Ahmed, Emmy winner, Star Wars star, him from Four Lions, is in hotly …

Riz Ahmed

Most Seen on Stage? Shakespeare the Character, Not the Playwright

Works by Shakespeare aren’t counted. But works about Shakespeare are. A survey by American Theater magazine shows that “Shakespeare in Love,” the 2014 play about young Will’s formative years, adapted by Lee Hall from the wildly successful 1998 film version, will be the most produced play in the …

Playwrights

Interviews: Ellen Burstyn and André De Shields Reflect on Shakespeare, Art, and the Cosmos

The pair are starring in John Doyle's production of <i>As You Like It</i> at Classic Stage Company.

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare in Swahililand

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. Published October 3, 2017. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This episode, “The …

Africa

Sir Ian McKellen says King Lear is his 'last big Shakespeare part'

Amol Rajan Media editor<p><b>Ian McKellen has said his King Lear, which is currently on at Chichester Festival Theatre, is probably his last big Shakespeare part.</b><p>Interviewing him for BBC Two's Front Row, I asked him if he would ever act in Shakespeare again. He replied: "Well, I think probably not …

William Shakespeare

Adapting the Bard: On the Hogarth Shakespeare Project’s Diversity Problem

In October 2015, Hogarth Press from Crown Publishing launched the Hogarth Shakespeare project, an anticipated eight-part series in which best-selling …

William Shakespeare

‘Othello’: Shakespeare’s Tragedy Was Orson Welles’s Triumph

Something odder than a masterpiece, Orson Welles’s “Othello” is at once a credible abridgment of Shakespeare and a jigsaw puzzle that nearly defies comprehension.<p>This brilliant, confounding movie, which has several times vanished and reappeared since it had its world premiere (and shared the top …

Blu-Ray

The Merry Wives of Windsor: Shakespeare's English and Mistress Quickly

In the early modern period as today, the “mother tongue” referred to a native language, the one you were born with. This common phrase sets up a …

Language

How 'King Lear' Inspired 'Empire'

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 69<p>You can find Shakespeare in all sorts of places, including the Fox TV series <i>Empire</i>. The story of an aging ruler – in …

William Shakespeare

How NOT to Hate Shakespeare | Rob Crisell | TEDxTemecula

YouTube

To be or not to be - Shakespeare Live

Egypt and Rome in Shakespeare's 'Antony and Cleopatra'

Shakespeare’s <i>Antony and Cleopatra</i> has a political romance at its heart: its titular lovers cannot separate their positions of power from their …

Rome

Shakespeare Solos: watch the third set of films

Leading actors perform key Shakespeare speeches from Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, King Lear and As You Like It in our video series to mark the 400th anniversary of the great playwright’s death<p>Damian Lewis, Julius Caesar<p>‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’<p>Damian Lewis performs Antony’s lines from …

William Shakespeare

Richard Francis Burton, Shakespeare, and the search for the source of the Nile

On their travels into the interior of the African continent, European explorers like Richard Burton brought Shakespeare with them.<p>This excerpt from</i> …

Books

Thinking Shakespeare with Barry Edelstein

From the <i>Shakespeare Unlimited</i> podcast series. Published September 19, 2017. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This episode <i>Speak The</i> …

Public Theater and the Shakespeare Society Form Public Shakespeare Initiative

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/public-theater-shakespeare-society-initiative_82472.html<p>TheaterMania.com<p>article<p>Fall …

Medicine in Shakespeare's time - Shakespeare & Beyond

Few Elizabethans were wealthy enough to afford a licensed physician. Instead, they would rely on the knowledge of a local “wise woman,” with her home …

Medicine

From Shakespeare to Irma: the storm as story

It was odd to think about Shakespeare during a hurricane, but the Bard knew his storms. From "King Lear" to "The Tempest," where there was a Will, …

William Shakespeare

Against Prejudice / Shakespeare's Globe

Join us for a celebration of Ira Aldridge, with a panel discussion and staged reading of <i>Against Prejudice: Ira Aldridge, Theatre Manager – …

For the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s props director, one blood is not like another

When Shylock, the Jewish moneylender of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” makes the case for his humanity, he poses a rhetorical question: “If you prick us, do we not bleed?”<p>But though all Shakespearean characters may bleed, at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, they don’t all bleed the same …

William Shakespeare

Ira Alridge: Written Out of History ‘Ira was relentless. He didn’t take no for an answer and he never, ever gave up. After spending so long absent from our artistic history, it is fitting and just that we celebrate him now.’ (Adrian Lester, who played Ira Aldridge in Lolita Chakrabarti’s play Red Velvet) On the 150th anniversary of his death, the Multicultural Shakespeare Project, Shakespeare’s Globe and Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre are joining forces to help celebrate the life of pioneering black actor, Ira Aldridge. How much do we know about the man noted for being the first black actor to play Othello? Until recently, not a great deal. In fact Professor Tony Howard of the University of Warwick notes, ‘his tragedy was that so soon after his death he was written out of history; his triumph is that all over the world he is being written back in now, with a vengeance.’ New discoveries by scholars and biographers such as Bernth Lindfors and Martin Hoyles coupled with creative projects such as the America tour of Red Velvet and Tony Howard’s Against Prejudice have brought Ira’s story to life again in this significant year. Ira was born in July 1807 in New York and sailed for Britain in 1825 to escape racism. Soon after his arrival he scored his first theatrical successes in the ‘minor’ Royalty and Royal Coburg Theatres in South London. Between 1826-27 he toured English regional theatres with great success, commenting in 1828 that, ‘he might have feared that, unknown and unfriended, he had little claim to public notice – did he not feel that being a foreigner and a stranger are universal passports to British sympathy.’ In the spring of 1828, spurred on by this success (though, astonishingly, at a time when Britain’s colonies and thousands of British investors still depended on slavery) he became the manager of the Coventry Theatre (Theatre Royal) at the modest age of 20. In his short but successful season at the theatre he used melodrama, music and Shakespeare to challenge racist stereotypes. During the years after Ira’s time in Coventry he toured Britain as a successful actor with a strong Shakespearean repertoire. He also performed songs and poems, like the anti-slavery poem written for him by Warwickshire author James Bisset. This poem, which makes an explicit link between slavery and the new British industries that manufactured the everyday machinery of slavery, has been mentioned in biographies for decades but has never surfaced until now. We are delighted that it will be performed as part of the Against Prejudice event. Despite vicious attacks from the press when he performed at Covent Garden Theatre, Ira continued his national tour and extended his reach internationally between 1852 and 1867. Considering the significance of this time in Ira’s life, Adrian Lester comments, ‘he took a horse and carriage to tour places that the railroad hadn’t been built to reach yet, being lauded and allowed to play anywhere but at home’. Ira’s final accolade was to be the first ever British actor to be knighted. In August 1867, at a time when he was about to return to the USA after Civil War and the abolition of slavery, Ira died in Łódź, Poland, at the age of 60. It is a privilege for Shakespeare’s Globe to be hosting Against Prejudice this season, to honour a man about whom Professor Howard notes, ‘Artists and audiences have responded passionately to the story of his life and his struggles to be heard.’ Reflecting on his work on the project, he notes, ‘time and time again I’ve been asked, ‘Why did nobody tell me this before?’ Against Prejudice: A celebration of Ira Aldridge is in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Tuesday September 19 at 7.00pm. The evening features a staged reading of Professor Tony Howard’s drama-documentary about Ira’s life as a theatre manager, a panel discussion led by historian David Olusoga about his legacy and a performance from vocalist Una May and Coventry Belgrade’s Black Youth Theatre. The evening also features three leading actors who have played Ira in biographical plays and films about him: Ray Fearon, Joseph Marcell and Joseph Mydell Book Tickets

Reinventing Shakespeare, According to the Gospel of Joseph Papp

All the world loves a David and Goliath story, especially when a scrappy little David goes on to become a towering Goliath in his own right. Such is the tale of Joseph Papp, the man who took on City Hall — and the powerful urban planner Robert Moses, and the perhaps even more powerful …

Literature

The curse of Macbeth: why I keep going back to see a play that I don’t like

Macbeth is Australia’s most performed Shakespearean play – so pity theatre critics like Jane Howard who don’t enjoy it<p>As a theatre critic it’s important to not decide on a work before you see it. But while “don’t judge a book by its cover” remains a virtuous aim, theatre critics have not only the …

Macbeth

Shakespeare and War

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 81<p>In his one-man show <i>Cry Havoc!</i> actor Stephan Wolfert, a US Army veteran, draws together lines in Shakespeare’s plays …

Shakespeare in Sign Language

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 59<p>Many people would probably tell you that what they love most about Shakespeare is his language. So what does …

Folger Digital Texts

Leonard Bernstein and West Side Story

From the <i>Shakespeare Unlimited</i> podcast series. Published August 23, 2016. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This podcast episode, …

'To E Or Not To E': USC And UCLA Quibble Over How To Spell Shakespear(e)

If Angelenos know one truth, it may well be this: There is absolutely no love lost between the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. In the classroom, on the football field, around campus — few places escape the pervasive sway of LA's great rivalry.<p>But this …

College & University

17 Movies That Are Cleverly Disguised Shakespeare Plays

Long live the king of literature.

Romeo and Juliet