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The Atlantic on Twitter: "The First White President, by @tanehisicoates https://t.co/mjv5eJwQAd… "

New conversation<p>Tweet unavailable<p>Tweet unavailable<p>Tweet unavailable<p>Replying to @<b>TheAtlantic</b><p>Wow, just wow!! Carnival barker indeed. The right mix of …

Dreaming with Shakespeare During a Summer of Chaos

About three quarters through Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Hermia, who is in love with Lysander, wakes alone in the forest, in the middle of the night, and recounts a dream. It’s the only actual dream-telling in the play.<p>Help me, Lysander, help me; do thy best<br>To pluck this crawling …

This NSFW nude production of “The Tempest” is the most brave and beautiful thing you will see today

The show was performed in Central Park<p>Members of Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society put on a production of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" — and the actors were all female and all nude.<p>The show, that took place in a secluded spot in Central Park on May 19 and 20, was protected by a …

This nude, all-male production of ‘Hamlet’ is giving Shakespeare an unexpected body-positive twist

From audiences walking up on stage to charge their cell phones on the set of the Public Theater’s current Oscar Isaac-fronted production of <i>Hamlet</i> to …

Why They're Doing Shakespeare in Prison

Culture Shakespeare Prison<p>Dameion Brown is on one knee, head in hand, surrounded by middle-school Shakespeare students, all doing their best to stand …

Shakespeare wasn’t a conservative: Stop using his plays to justify ruthless agendas

The second most stubborn myth about Shakespeare is that he was invested in the divine rights of the powerful<p>For $28,000 a day, a company called Movers & Shakespeares uses Shakespeare’s plays to teach “leadership” and “critical business” skills to clients such as the Wharton School of Business and …

Bloodied and half-naked: The best Shakespeare posters - CNN Style

Four hundred years after his death, William Shakespeare is the most performed playwright in history.<p>And just as long as the Bard has inspired theater companies to bring his works to the stage, he has moved visionary designers and artists to create bold and memorable posters to advertise …

BBC enlists Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, and emojis to show Shakespeare off to the world

The BBC has announced plans to sprinkle Shakespeare throughout in schedules in commemoration of his 400th anniversay of his death<p>He once proclaimed that all the world is a stage. This year, it appears, <b>William Shakespeare</b> was speaking the truth - at least when it comes to the <b>BBC</b>.<p>The corporation has …

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Shakespeare's 74 death scenes in a single play more gory than Game of Thrones

There may have been five "droppers" – a theatrical term for fainting audience members – overcome by the fake bloodshed at Titus Andronicus at The Globe last year, but one new play is promising considerably more than the nine brutal on-stage deaths in Shakespeare's first tragedy.<p>The Complete Deaths …

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The Gift of Shakespeare

In 1985, my mother gave me what was perhaps the best gift anyone has ever given me. She took me to see <i>A Midsummer Night's Dream</i>. I was a fairly …

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Shakespeare Kings cycle to run at Barbican

<b>David Tennant is to reprise his award-winning Shakespearean role as Richard II at London's Barbican theatre in January 2016.</b><p>His performance will form part of a Cycle of Kings season at London's Barbican theatre in 2016.<p>Tennant first took on the part to much acclaim in 2013 for the Royal Shakespeare …

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet could usher in an era of blockbuster Shakespeare.

At times in Lyndsey Turner’s production of <i>Hamlet</i>, the hottest London theater ticket in at least a decade, Benedict Cumberbatch is suddenly …

Michael Fassbender Is at His Most Epic in the Macbeth Trailer

Shakespeare gets his own Game of Thrones.<p>Superstitious actors believe that, if one utters "Macbeth" in a theater, disaster will strike. Shakespeare's tragedy is so grim, so haunted by its own ghastly imagery, evoking it will literally summon Macbeth's inner demons to a modern stage. So we're …

The production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch has been criticised for moving around the play’s most famous soliloquy. The furore ignores the fact that people have been messing with Shakespeare’s words since the first time the play was staged<p>The Dane dithers no more. After an indecisive few …

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Alas, poor Sherlock. He, like Walter Benjamin before him, has got it wrong about revolutionary technology and works of art<p>Benedict Cumberbatch raised a fascinating, even philosophical, question when he begged fans not to corrupt a night out at the theatre by filming his performance of Hamlet. …

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Celia Walden: Why Benedict Cumberbatch could never make a good Hamlet

Benedict Cumberbatch is such a big star now I can never watch him again, says Celia Walden<p>As a six-year-old I was taken to see Laurence Olivier’s Henry V in a small cinema in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Whereas the notion of anyone being forced to eat leeks was poignant enough to draw me to tears, my …

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Nicholas Hytner: With Shakespeare, the play is just a starting point

A novel can tell you everything you want to know about what it's trying to say, but plays are by definition incomplete. They are instructions for performance, like musical scores, and they need players to become music.<p>Working on <i>Hamlet</i>, Rory Kinnear and I repeatedly found that Shakespeare simply …

Teacher: Why it is ridiculous not to teach Shakespeare in school

I’ve been inundated with e-mails from teachers and other Shakespeare lovers yelling about a post published early Saturday (which you can read here) by a high school teacher who says she doesn’t want to teach the Bard anymore. Why? Because, she said, she doesn’t like his work and thinks that there …

RSC and Samsung Bring Shakespeare to Smartphones

Royal Shakespeare Company and Samsung launch RE:Shakespeare app to inspire a new generation with the Bard’s work<p>The works of William Shakespeare have been described as unaccessible, but now the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) aims to change that.<p>The theatre company has teamed up with Samsung to …

Twelve Female Directors That Are Reshaping American Theater

Of the 39 productions that opened on Broadway in 2008, just three were directed by women. This season that number doubles to six. Off-Broadway, another eight productions will be helmed by women this year -- a new record. Of course, it goes without saying that gender shouldn't be a factor when …

14 of Shakespeare's most captivating openers

Opening lines can torment writers.<p>The lead sentence can make or break what we’ve written. They are often the deciding factor in whether readers keep …

Macbeth and Macduff Get Into an Argument Over Semantics

(<i>Macbeth and Macduff are fencing in front of a castle.</i>)<p>MACBETH: Macduff! Let fall thy blade on vulnerable crests. I bear a charmed life, which must …

Daily Cartoon: Thursday, July 2nd

“The government is comin’ to take away our freedom. Barricade yourself inside, Marge, and stay there ’til I tell you.”<p>Jun. 30, 2015

When Shakespeare committed word crimes

Shakespeare coined new words when he needed — or merely wanted — them. Can you guess which words were invented by the Bard?<p>English heading into the …

Linguistics

What Shakespeare Plays Originally Sounded Like

In this video from The Open University, we learn about the Globe Theater's experiments with "Original Pronunciation" (OP), which is exactly what it …

Ben Cameron: The true power of the performing arts

Performing Arts

Is It Time to Accept Theater's Obscurity?

A few weeks ago I decided to conduct a very unscientific study in Chicago’s Loop and ask random people a basic theater question: Can you name a …

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The majority of schoolchildren participating in drama are female but for too long they haven’t been given the sorts of characters they deserve<p>For years, teachers and youth theatre directors have been telling me that they struggle to find plays that give girls enough to do. That there isn’t just a …

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