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Shakespeare in Sweden

By Jan Padover Jan Padover, the illustrator for Prospero Art Publishers recently finished an exhibit of his playing card designs at the Nut House Cafe & Gallery in Upplands Väsby, just north of Stockholm. Among the original art shown for the companies many decks, are twenty watercoloured pen & ink drawings done for their Shakespeare […]

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‘The Bard of all bards was a Warwickshire bard’: Reviving David Garrick’s Stratford Jubilee

By David Chandler, Retrospect Opera. 2019 will witness the 250th anniversary of David Garrick’s great Shakespeare ‘Jubilee’, the most talked about cultural event of the British eighteenth century. This took place at Stratford-upon-Avon, amidst an unprecedented blaze of publicity, between 6 and 8 September 1769. The series of events leading to the Jubilee began in […]

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Great Caesar’s Ghost

By Dr. John Langdon We have just reached that point where latest night bleeds into earliest morning.  A man paces restlessly in a tent in the middle of a military encampment, all his companions long since asleep.  The crucial battle looms ahead of him, and his mind won’t let him rest.  Doubts surround his noblest […]

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About the Bard

By Diane Meyer Lowman (The Shakespeare Institute, UoB). I have loved Shakespeare for as long as I can remember. Some might say I’m obsessed. So when my boys grew and flew, and I needed to occupy myself and stave off the impending midlife crisis, I got busy with the Bard. I’d flirted with him in […]

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Bootleg Puppets

By Daisy Edwards, Bootleg Puppets When I became a University student I slowly forgot how desperately young people, families, and children needed art and theatre. Theatre was so accessible as a student, our University had five different drama societies each focussed on a different aspect of the craft there were opportunities for open mic nights, auditions, […]

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6 Hamlet soliloquies

As the heatwave rages on, we offer this as a public service to all our readers: cool down with the prince of Denmark’s soliloquy. Six different approaches compiled by Vincent More to reflect on the differences laid bare by performance: Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Lester, Maxine Peake, Paapa Essiedu, Kenneth Branagh, and Sir Laurence Olivier. We hope […]

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A Rapper Explains Shakespeare’s Sonnets

By MC Lars The second episode of MC Lars’ venture into Shakespeare’s writing addresses the Sonnets, including their cultural and historical background, Shakespeare’s inspiration, and their relation to the blues genre in current music.     The views expressed in this post are the author’s own

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MC Lars on King Lear

Rapper MC Lars has launched a new youtube series in which he summarizes classic literary works. This week he addresses William Shakespeare’s 1608 tragedy “King Lear”, engaging with plot, themes and rounding off with raps about blindness and filial ingratitude. Series produced by MC Lars and Bryan Atchison. Beat by SMP Productions (http://smphq.com). Video and […]

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Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter

Kiernan Ryan and Ewan Fernie in  conversation. We are happy to share CUP’s recording of Ewan Fernie’s and Kiernan Ryan’s conversation on Shakespeare for Freedom. CUP states that: Shakespeare for Freedom presents a powerful, plausible and political argument for Shakespeare’s meaning and value. It ranges across the breadth of the Shakespeare phenomenon, offering a new interpretation not […]

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