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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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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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Wagner's Homage to William Shakespeare

Wagner’s Shakespearian Birth

Richard Wagner’s engagement with his creative predecessor William Shakespeare began around age 13. At this time, Wagner pronounced Shakespeare’s name “Shicksper,” which triggered for him associations of fate (Shicksal = fate/destiny) and battle (Speer = spear). Wagner related this detail from the distant past to his second wife Cosima in 1874, who wrote it in […]

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Sir Anthony Quayle as Falstaff in Orson Welles's 'Chimes at Midnight'

Not fat enough for Falstaff?

I wanted so badly for it to be PERFECT – expected it would be after the BBC’s Richard II! – but oh dear, a miss is as good as a mile. Henry IV? YES. Hotspur & Kate? YES. Supporting cast? YES. Falstaff? Um… Hal? Er… Hal was great for the serious stuff (his showdown with […]

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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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Year of Shakespeare: Falstaff

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.   Falstaff, by Guiseppe Verdi, dir. Robert Carson, 23 May 2012, 7.30PM, at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. By Dave Paxton, Shakespeare Institute After an absence of about three years, I returned […]

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Do you fancy being wooed by Falstaff?

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Continuing my series on Shakespeare’s sources we turn our attention to one of Shakespeare more original plays, The Merry Wives of Windsor. This story in which the fat knight Falstaff woos two married ladies simultaneously, gets discovered by them and subsequently punished is the only one of Shakespeare’s plays to be set in contemporary England. […]

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