Tag Archives: England

Making Shakespeare Brand-new: A Tribute to Michael Bogdanov

Making Shakespeare Brand-new: A Tribute to Michael Bogdanov (15 December 1938 – 16 April 2017) by Paul Edmondson I first met Michael Bogdanov in 2008, when he came to take part in a study day on Hamlet at the Shakespeare Centre. He had directed the play five times in a theatrical career that spanned well […]

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Falstaff Besieged by Fairies

The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Plays We Overlook: The Merry Wives of Windsor By James Cappio Overshadowed by the two parts of Henry IV, The Merry Wives of Windsor starts off unpromisingly. Writers’ manuals always warn fledgling writers not to represent speakers’ accents phonetically. Merry Wives demonstrates that even Shakespeare should heed this advice. His Welsh character, Parson Evans, […]

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The Plays We Overlook: The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Plays We Overlook: The Two Noble Kinsmen By James Cappio Is there any play in the canon less known than The Two Noble Kinsmen? And not just because of what Moe the bartender did to the manuscript in The Simpsons (see illustration). There it is on the title page of the 1634 quarto: “The […]

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Shakespeare Out of Europe

Shakespeare Out of Europe By Graham Holderness I remember a time when British culture among the educated was thoroughly European. Everyone listened to French music, wore Italian clothes, watched European films, smoked French cigarettes, drank German beer and French and Italian wine. Everyone owned a fondu set, and burned their mouths on hot melted cheese. […]

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Doing Shakespeare While Black?

Doing Shakespeare While Black? By Alexa Huang Race is an uncomfortable but important topic in our age of globalization. In the art and entertainment industry, race is both visible and invisible in various forms of embodiment. After all, actors embody various characters and stories on stage and on screen, drawing attention to, or away from, […]

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Falstaff Hal

Year of Shakespeare: Henry IV – Part 1, 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 1, dir. Richard Eyre, 7 July 2012 on BBC 2 By Will Sharpe It was perhaps fitting, tuning in to this instalment of the BBC’s Hollow […]

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Shakespeare in Limerick

I owe a lot to Shakespeare – like everyone else – particularly my English teacher, Eoin O’Moore… Without Shakespeare I’d never have met “Mr O’Moore” in a Jesuit school Crescent College Limerick, Ireland. Without Shakespeare, my English teacher would have had to resort to all sort of lesser mortals – & god knows what I’d […]

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