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Trumping Shakespeare: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and the Rise of the Clown Politician

Trumping Shakespeare: Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and the Rise of the Clown Politician By Paul Hamilton (This post was originally published as part of the Kingston Shakespeare Seminars) In a May 26, 2016 Los Angeles Times article, entitled“The theater of Trump: What Shakespeare can teach us about the Donald”, theater critic Charles McNulty undergoes what […]

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Fairy portal camp at the Dell

Fairy portal camp at the Dell By Sara Marie Westh A hearty recommendation for anyone near Stratford upon Avon: in the Dell behind the Swan theatre of the RSC, creative group Slung Low has set up a camp. The white peaks of their tipis are visible from Waterside and Southern Lane, and on a slightly […]

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The Dekker Marathon

The Dekker Marathon By Sara Marie Westh It will come as no surprise to most to hear that for the past three years Stratford upon Avon has played host to an annual marathon. It may be less well known that this marathon takes place under the auspices of the Shakespeare Institute, and that unlike the […]

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England and St George!

On the evening of the 17th of November this year, the RSC will perform Redcrosse in Coventry Cathedral. Partly an original arts event, partly a groundbreaking religious service, Redcrosse evolves out of a project I led to evolve a new questing liturgy for England and St George. It was inspired by one of the great […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Verdi’s Otello

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   For me, the grand climax of the Year of Shakespeare came with a revival at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, of Elijah Moshinsky’s production of Verdi’s Otellowhich was first […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Henry IV – Part 2 on the BBC

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Henry IV – Part 2, dir. Richard Eyre, 14 July 2012 on BBC 2 By Will Sharpe We begin, again, in the tavern – this production’s spiritual home – […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Festivals, Sponsorship and Spontaneity

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Festivals, Sponsorship and Spontaneity By Emily Linnemann, Shakespeare Institute For the past few weeks I’ve been walking past a poster at Euston tube station announcing the beginning of the London […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Sharing History: South Sudan Theatre Company’s Cymbeline at the Globe

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Sharing History: South Sudan Theatre Company’s Cymbeline at the Globe By Colette Gordon, University of Cape Town Pondering how much audiences really know about South Sudan, as she describes her […]

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Olympic Shakespeare

‘The isle is full of noises….’ Well, it certainly will be as the Olympic Games open with a ceremony that takes as its keynote these words from The Tempest. One of the noises will be the resonant sound of the great bell, the biggest in Europe – twice the size of Big Ben – which […]

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