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Is Shakespeare Still Shakespeare If It’s in French?

Director Robert Carsen talks about his new French-language production of The Tempest.<p>“It’s a uniquely complex play,” director Robert Carsen says, …

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If a Shakespeare play is racist or antisemitic, is it OK to change the ending?

An Australian production of Merchant of Venice changes the final scene, adding completely new phrases. It’s profoundly affecting – but is it right?<p>It’s the last scene of The Merchant of Venice and the Christians are celebrating. They have love, youth and wealth on their side. Best of all, they have …

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Edward St. Aubyn: Dunbar

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. Published November 1, 2017. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved. This episode, “Th’ …

Quiz: Painting Shakespeare - Shakespeare & Beyond

Shakespeare was a man of words. But in the 400 years since he wrote them, artists have explored how Shakespeare’s words can be represented in …

Shakespeare's Rose theatre gets go-ahead to pop up in York

The 13-sided temporary structure, modelled on the Elizabethan playhouse, will house four Shakespeare plays directed by Lindsay Posner and Damian Cruden<p>A 950-capacity pop-up open-air theatre modelled on Shakespeare’s Rose will rise next summer on a scruffy car park in York, to present a three-month …

Romeo and Juliet

How to Memorize Shakespeare

“Get up on your feet, and speak the words aloud,” says Jacqui O’Hanlon, the director of education at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Shakespeare wrote these lines some 400 years ago; the worst way to learn them is sitting down and reading them in your head. Start with a few image-rich lines from, …

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The Curse of the Scottish Play | Macbeth | Royal Shakespeare Company

Accidents, injuries and deaths - the curse of Macbeth<p>According to folklore, <i>Macbeth</i> was cursed from the beginning. A coven of witches objected to …

How to carve a Shakespeare pumpkin like a pro Firstly, you will need: - A pumpkin - A bowl for the gruesome guts - A spoon - Sharp knives - Either a scalpel or a thin sharp knife for carving - A bradawl, or something sharp that you will be able to poke holes with, like a cocktail stick. Cut a hole around the stalk to create a lid – make sure you keep this for later! Scoop the gruesome guts out, making sure you scrape the sides. Now you have the insides of your pumpkin ready, it’s time to start on the design! Either download and print the template from here. Or, simply trace it onto your own piece of paper for simplicity when carving, like we have. Stick this to the side of your pumpkin that you would like to carve with some masking tape. Poke holes along the lines of your stencil, creating a dot-to-dot effect on the pumpkin. Join the dots with a felt tip to form your stencil on the pumpkin. Take your scalpel or thin sharp knife and begin to carve the insides of the stencil. Take note: when carving the eyes, gently scrape the top of the pumpkin skin off, rather than cutting the whole way through; this creates a nice shadowing effect! You can see our Shakespeare pumpkin on display in the Globe Shop. If you’re after Halloween gifts and decorations, take a look at our spooky Shakespeare range in the Globe Shop.

Baying for stage blood: meet theatre’s gore merchants

From Shakespearean tragedies to slasher horrors, realistic stage blood is a must for shows that aim to shock, disgust and thrill. Industry

Julius Caesar

Pop-up Shakespeare: The Reduced Shakespeare Company's new book

It turns out that the tricks of a pop-up book — the secret flaps, the dramatic pops, and the almost-three-dimensional reveals — are a perfect way to …

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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 …

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.

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Shakespeare in Swahililand

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

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

Amol Rajan<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 really."<p>The …

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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 …

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‘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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Julius Caesar

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> …

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 …

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, …

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 – …