Tag Archives: As You Like It

Year of Shakespeare: Forests

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.   Forests, dir. Calixto Bieito,  with dramaturgy from Marc Rosich,  with the Birmingham Rep, Barcelona Internacional Teatre, and the RSC, 31 August 2012 at the Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham By Kate McLuskie, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham […]

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As You Like It

Year of Shakespeare: As You Like It

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.   As You Like It, Marjanishvili State Academic Drama Theatre (Georgian), dir. by Levan Tsuladze, 18 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Georgie Lucas, Shakespeare Institute My first thought was that the Marjanishvili […]

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Shakespeare’s Sources As You Like It

Continuing my series of blogs on Shakespeare’s sources I turn my attention this week to As You Like It. Shakespeare’s main source for this play was a pastoral romance written by Thomas Lodge, published in 1590, called Rosalynde . Interestingly an introductory remark in Lodge’s text is “If you like it, so”, and this seems like […]

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'ANONONYMOUS' film poster; thanks to Sony Pictures

‘Anonymous’: ‘How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is’.’

On Wednesday 28 September Professor Emeritus Alan H. Nelson of the University of California, Berkeley took part in a discussion with Roland Emmerich (the director of Anonymous), John Orloff (scriptwriter), and Charles Beauclerk the Earl of Burford and a self-proclaimed descendent of Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. The evening was hosted by Sony […]

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Keeping it real

When audiences for Michael Boyd’s 2009 RSC production of As You Like It came back into the auditorium after the interval Geoffrey Freshwater as Corin was already on stage skinning and beheading a rabbit, a sight which which some of us city types, who don’t like to think about where our food comes from, found […]

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Post-a-Poem: Young People's Poetry on Shakespeare's Birthplace

‘Hang there, my verse….’

I write this between events at the 58th Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival. In a couple of hours the Shakespeare Centre will be buzzing with the sound of local poets gathering to read their work to each other. This year there will be a special guest appearance from Roy Macfarlane, the Birmingham Poet Laureate. But last Friday, […]

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“What say you to a piece of beef and mustard”

  Ten Shakespearian lines with which to open (or disband) a dinner party   “How say you to a fat tripe finely broiled?” (The Taming of the Shrew) * “Uncover, dogs, and lap” (Timon of Athens) * “Sit down and feed, and welcome to our table” (As You Like It) * “Each man to his […]

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“be not afraid of greatness”

This week I had a visit from Rakshpal Singh Sangha, who had made the long journey from India to deliver a number of translations of Shakespeare’s works for his friend Professor Jagdish Chander Joshi.  On behalf of Professor Joshi, Rakshpal presented our library with Hindi translations of ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘Julius Caesar’, and ‘As […]

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Shakespeare The Actor (Part Two)

I wrote in my previous blog about the factual evidence relating to Shakespeare’s acting career. There is also some anecdotal evidence, mostly suggesting that though he acted, he was not a star. John Aubrey, writing in the mid-seventeenth century, says that Shakespeare, ‘inclined naturally to poetry and acting, came to London, I guess about 18: […]

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