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Redcrosse

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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Hollow Crown

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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London 2012 Festival Poster

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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Cymbeline

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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Tempest

Something Bold This Way Comes: A Tempest for 21st Century London

With the array of weird and wonderful performances currently on display at the World Shakespeare Festival, you could be forgiven for thinking that a new, truly unique, and truly unusual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays represents something of an impossibility. Enter Fifth Column Film’s feature-length film, Tempest.     Four years in the making, […]

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Richard III - by Antony Sher

All the World’s a Stage (no.15 in series)

In the run-up to The Ninth World Shakespeare Congress in Prague I posted a selection of blogs from grant winners looking forward to that event. Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting a selection of blogs from some  more of those grant winners.  This week’s contribution comes from Necla Çikigil  who is […]

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Germaine Greer on The Taming Of The Shrew

The RSC is staging not one but two productions of The Taming Of The Shrew in the next few months, Tim Crouch’s Young People’s Shakespeare production opens at The Swan Theatre at the end of September, followed by Lucy Bailey’s main house production in January 2012. The Taming Of The Shrew is notoriously difficult to […]

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