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In Shakespeare's Garden: A Brief History of Thyme

Fairy Tales

Completing the Shakespeare canon at Colorado Shakespeare Festival

With its two-performance special production of <i>Henry VI, Part 3</i>, <b>Colorado Shakespeare Festival</b> has completed the canon—meaning it has staged all of …

William Shakespeare

15 Shakespeare Plays Summed Up In One GIF

Shakespeare’s plays have been adapted in every way possible. From <i>The Lion King</i> to <i>10 Things I Hate About You</i><i>,</i> from <i>The Simpsons</i> <i></i>to <i>OMG Shakespeare</i>, …

William Shakespeare

Graham Holderness's Black and Deep Desires - Shakespeare Quarterly

<b>SQ</b>: <b>Tell us what drew you to write Black and Deep Desires: William Shakespeare, Vampire Hunter (2015) and what is its relation to your book Nine Lives</b> …

William Shakespeare

How Keegan-Michael Key Handles Nearly Four Hours of 'Hamlet' Off-Broadway

The comic of 'Key & Peele' fame tells THR about his Shakespearean training, onstage convulsing and special preparations involving his co-star, Oscar …

Hollywood

How Stella Adler Studio Changes the Lives of Inner-City Students

The studio’s Summer Shakespeare intensive culminates in two performances August 11 and 12.<p>“The concept of the Stella Adler Studio—that being a better …

Education

For Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer, a Last Romance

In 1971, Tina Packer, then a classically trained English actress, persuaded the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art to let her direct Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure.” Then she directed “The Winter’s Tale,” then “Hamlet.”<p>“All the easy ones,” she laughed.<p>Ms. Packer kept going, through …

Books

Performing Hamlet in a Sandstorm at a Syrian Refugee Camp

HAMLET <i><br>‘Imperious Caesar, dead and turn’d to clay,</i> <i><br>Might stop a hole to keep the wind away’ –</i>Act 5, Scene 1It was the change in the light that first …

Ottoman Empire

Magic Can Be Normal

<b>I was nine or ten years old</b> when I saw <i>Twelfth Night</i>—my first Shakespeare play—at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. By then I knew what a protagonist …

The Winter's Tale

The Public Theater Cancels Several Performances of ‘Hamlet’

The Public Theater announced on Thursday that it was canceling several performances of its hugely popular production of “Hamlet,” starring Oscar Isaac, saying that the show’s physical demands were becoming too much for the cast.<p>“As an artist-driven organization, the welfare of our actors is always …

The Theatre

Can you have too many Hamlets?

While Andrew Scott is giving us his Hamlet at the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End (a production that originated at the Almeida), there comes …

Kenneth Branagh

Adapting Shakespeare

From the <i>Shakespeare Unlimited</i> podcast series. Published May 3, 2017. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This episode, “It Is A Copy …

The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare’s Cure for Xenophobia

I attended university in a very different world from the one in which I now teach and live. For a start, Yale College, which I entered in 1961, was all male. Women were not matriculated until five years after I had received my B.A. degree. Among the undergraduates, there were only a handful of …

T.S. Eliot

Editor’s View: Michelle Terry is a smart, subversive choice to succeed Emma Rice | Opinion

It has been a seesaw two years since Emma Rice was announced as the artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe in May 2015. It must feel like a …

William Shakespeare

Comment on Lyn Gardner: I wish Michelle Terry well at Shakespeare’s Globe, but it won’t be easy by STEPHEN MULCAHY

This is disingenuous writing, Lyn. You base your fears about the challenge facing Michelle Terry on a false dichotomy. Only the Emma Rice proponents …

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Shakespeare’s Torture Test

Durham, N.C. — In September, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington will hear Salim vs. Mitchell, a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of three former C.I.A. detainees. The lawsuit names as defendants the two psychologists who devised the …

Human Rights

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 …

Romeo and Juliet

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 …

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 …

Playwrights

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. …

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 …

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 …

Cities

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