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Review: ‘Romeo Is Bleeding,’ and Shakespeare Is Relevant

“This ain’t got nothing to do with my life,” Donté Clark recalled thinking when, at 15, he picked up “Romeo and Juliet.” At 22, after years of seeing gang warfare and murder on the streets of his hometown, Richmond, Calif., he changed his mind. “That is our story,” he now says of the play. “It’s …

What did Shakespeare know about love? Photo: Katy Owen as Malvolio in Twelfth Night, 2017, photo by Hugo Glendinning Jane Kingsley-Smith from The University of Roehampton wants to ask - what did Shakespeare know about love? Shakespeare’s work seems to epitomise romantic love in popular culture. Teenage passion is modelled on Romeo and Juliet; sexual jealousy finds its echoes in Othello; the blindness of infatuation is defined by the Sonnets. But to what extent was Shakespeare’s imagining of love determined by his culture? This course will examine the various theories that shaped the experience of love in Shakespeare’s time. Love was imposed by a mythological deity, Cupid; it was a humoral imbalance in the body that caused literal sickness; a poetic tradition through which one might achieve political aims; a myth that facilitated marriage and population growth. By understanding these competing theories, we can gain some sense of Shakespeare’s own philosophy of love, as developed in the plays, and how it influenced his contemporaries. Photo: Kirsty Bushell as Juliet and Edward Hogg as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, 2016, photo by Robert Workman Whilst Shakespearean love is created by language, it is also something to be enacted on a stage. Shakespeare worked with a set of theatrical conventions for performing love which might include the use of physical space, gesture, music and stage effects. Workshops with Globe professionals will enable participants on this course to explore how the illusion of love was created on stage, with particular focus on Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Much Ado About Nothing. Finally, we will examine the notion of Shakespeare himself as a lover. From the eighteenth century onwards, Shakespeare’s capacity to feel love has been one of his most praised qualities, and biographical hints in the Sonnets have led to poems, plays, novels and latterly films which re-imagine Shakespeare as a lover. But why are we so concerned with the way in which Shakespeare loved, and how is this perception of Shakespearean desire changing in the modern world? Photo: Joshua Lacey as Orsino and Anita-Joy Uwajeh as Viola in Twelfth Night, photo by Hugo Glendinning This course promises to enrich our understanding of the value placed on love in Shakespeare’s work, in early modern culture, and in our own lives. The course Shakespeare On Love takes place this August and places are still available. Find out more

RSC to introduce ‘chilled performances' allowing audience noise

The Royal Shakespeare Company is launching a new type of accessible performance, aimed at creating a more casual and informal atmosphere without …

Oscar Wilde

This is Your Brain on Shakespeare

Why do Shakespeare's plays have such a dramatic impact on readers and audiences? Philip Davis shows how Shakespeare's use of language creates …

The Brain

Why are we obsessed with being Shakespeare? | Opinion

Shakespeare and parks seem to go hand in hand, certainly in the US, where the once singular innovation of Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival …

George Bernard Shaw

This Play Was Inspired By A Real Refugee's Shakespearean Dilemma

<i>Objects in the Mirror</i>, a new play from American playwright Charles Smith, seems ripped from the headlines. It's about a young man who escapes war-torn Liberia only to confront new dangers and an identity crisis in Australia, the country where he found shelter.<p>The play is based on the true story of …

Long, Long Time

Measure for Measure's Immersive Preshow Experience Is Making Shakespeare Sexy

The wall of sex toys is one memorable image for the patrons at Theatre for a New Audience's new <i>Measure for Measure</i> — but there's stiff competition. …

William Shakespeare

How To Build Your Perfect Shakespeare Playlist

Every great reading session requires a little prep time. First, you need to find the comfiest chair (head for the sunny spots). Tea and the kind of …

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare is a strutting rock star in 'Something Rotten'

While still best known as the HIV-positive rock 'n' roller Roger in "Rent," a role he originated in the landmark rock musical, Adam Pascal has a …

William Shakespeare

How Site-Specific Shakespeare Transforms the Streets of Detroit

From Antony and Cleopatra at a local recycling plant to Hamlet in New Center Park, this theatre company puts a new spin on local immersive theatre.<p>To …

Street Art

Shakespeare References in Rap Lyrics: An Animated History

Leading up to the premiere of its new series <i>Will,</i> TNT teamed up with Genius to present some of the best Shakespeare references in rap.<p>Though …

Performing Restoration Shakespeare

​Why Is Shakespeare So Hot Right Now?

Shakespeare is having a moment in the summer of 2017. First, there was ABC's ambitious, if ill-fated, new Shondaland series, <i>Still Star-Crossed</i>, which …

Julius Caesar

‘Saucy, hugger-mugger’ Insulting robot teaches kids about Shakespeare

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- The Bryan Innovation Lab at The Steward School is going to new heights in education.<p>They've invited teachers from across the …

Vincent Van Gogh

Public Theater and Shake Shack Team Up to Create a Thespian-Themed Shake

Shake Shack

‘Will’ on TNT: A Punk-Rock Shakespeare, Striving and Stage-Diving in the Big City

Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some get a series order 400 years post-mortem. On July 10, TNT will debut the first two episodes of “Will,” a boisterous, steampunk-style period drama that imagines William Shakespeare’s early years in London.<p>Shakespeare remains a cultural touchstone …

Romeo and Juliet

‘Hamlet,’ a New Opera, Makes Shakespeare Strange

LEWES, England — “To be or not to be —”<p>As the title character begins his most famous soliloquy in Brett Dean’s new operatic version of “Hamlet,” playing at the Glyndebourne Festival here through July 6, you may well find yourself nodding in recognition as he sings it. But it comes out different …

Hamlet

Still Smarting: Women, Shakespeare, and Processing Emotion

A Tuesday night in New York City. An open workshop in a bright white room. A woman finishes her soliloquy and turns to face her audience, expectant …

National Academy of Sciences

Home - Shakespeare Quarterly

<i>See highlights from our peer-reviewed, published journal, browse past issues of SQ, and explore web-exclusive, invited content, including interviews,</i> …

William Shakespeare

If Trump Is Julius Caesar, Then Americans Are a Confused and Violent Mob

Katha Pollitt<i>Julius Caesar</i> is hardly an endorsement of assassination—but neither is it the celebration of “small-d democrats” that the Public Theater …

Julius Caesar

What It Was Like to Star in the Trump-Themed Julius Caesar

<i>“Good gentlemen, look fresh and merrily.</i> <i><br>Let not our looks put on our purposes,</i> <i><br>but bear it as our Roman actors do,</i> <i><br>with untir’d spirits and formal</i> …

Julius Caesar

Behind the Scenes with the Right-Wing Activist Who Crashed “Julius Caesar”

On Friday morning, Laura Loomer woke up early and took a Metro-North train from West Harrison, New York, where she lives, to Manhattan. She made her way to Central Park and secured a second-row ticket to that night’s performance of the Public Theatre’s production of “Julius Caesar.” Then she walked …

Julius Caesar

Theaters that perform Shakespeare are getting death threats

Around the country, companies are getting heated messages about “Julius Caesar” — even though it’s not their production.

When ‘Julius Caesar’ was given a Trumpian makeover, people lost it. But is it any good?

NEW YORK — If your tendency is to take absolutely literally what happens to every character who crosses a stage, then you should indeed be avoiding at all costs the terrific modern-dress version of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” that has audiences cheering nightly in Central Park.<p>It will no doubt …

Julius Caesar

Two Protesters Disrupt ‘Julius Caesar’ in Central Park

A production of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park was disrupted on Friday evening by two protesters who objected to the bloody scene in which the title character, played by an actor costumed and styled to resemble President Trump, is knifed to death.<p>A woman who later identified herself on social …

A Different Romeo & Juliet—A Year Later

<i>In a small school in Texas, a group of junior high students performed an inventive LGBTQ+ adaptation of</i> Romeo & Juliet <i>last May. In this blog series,</i> …