Tag Archives: Arden Shakespeare
'King Lear', Arden 3, ed. by Reg Foakes

In Memory of Professor Reg Foakes

Like many others, I am saddened to hear about the death of Shakespeare Scholar, Professor Reg Foakes. Here is a piece written by a Sylvia Morris, cross-posted from her site www.theshakespeareblog.com ‘I’m sitting here with my Arden Edition of King Lear, probably the most authoritative edition of the play ever published. Its editor, Reg Foakes […]

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The Stage and The Scholars

One day in 1950 when I was an undergraduate in London I told my tutor, an immensely distinguished literary critic, that I was going to see Michael Redgrave play Hamlet that evening. ‘O’, she replied. ‘I should like to see Hamlet. One day.’ Whether she ever did I don’t know. But her attitude was typical […]

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Sonnets for Advent 10: Sonnet 29

Today’s sonnet is read by Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E., Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It’s the poem which he likes to say first made him aware of Shakespeare’s greatness. About a year ago Stanley and I co-wrote a close-reading of Sonnet 29 for a book of essays dedicated to Shakespeare Sonnet scholar and […]

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Falconetti and Antonin Artaud in Dreyer's "Passion of Joan of Arc"

The Plays We Overlook: Henry VI Part One

Can you guess who said the following about Henry VI Part One? ‘All critics, all readers, will probably agree or have agreed that it is one of the least poetical and also one of the dullest of all the plays in the Folio. It is redeemed by few passages of merit—its verse is unmusical, its […]

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'Romeo and Juliet' edited by Rene Weis for the Arden Shakespeare

Making ‘Romeo and Juliet’ New

Every new edition of a Shakespeare play brings with it fresh insights, the work is dressed anew for our own times by a scholarly introduction, notes, and different emphases. It was a great pleasure to welcome Professor Rene Weis of University College London to The Shakespeare Centre yesterday to speak on his new edition of […]

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