Tag Archives: Harriet Walter

Sun Breaks on Shakespeare’s Secrets

Shakespeare loves being talked about. I’m sure he was delighted when audience members (crammed into The Globe or the Blackfriars theatre) nudged one another and exchanged thoughts about the plays. One of the earliest references to him as a writer relates to his ‘sugared sonnets among his private friends.’ It’s good to imagine poems in […]

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Harriet Walter’s Will Power

A couple of months ago I wrote here about Harriet Walter. I was then preparing a piece about her for a book, Actors’ Shakespeare, edited by John Russell Brown and Kevin Ewert, due to be published by Routledge next spring. It is an anthology with different contributors writing about different actors. Our brief is to […]

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Lady Macbeth: Fearing Painted Devils

Many people will have an idea of what Lady Macbeth looks like in their mind’s eye. This image of Vivien Leigh best illustrates the way I tend to think of Lady Macbeth. The photograph comes at a crucial moment as she takes the daggers – still warm with King Duncan’s blood – from her husband […]

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Shakespeare, Women and Performance

I am currently writing a piece about Harriet Walter C.B.E. for a collection of essays called Actors’ Shakespeare. Each contributor is asked to describe how the actors represented bring Shakespeare to life on stage. For Harriet, there is a lot of material to research. She has published several books and articles in which she compellingly […]

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