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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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Shakespeare's Playlist

Shakespeare’s Playlist

While the works of William Shakespeare have shaped nearly all facets of modern culture today, his influence is keenly felt in the popular music scene.  Marjorie Garber, an English professor at Harvard University, writes in her book Shakespeare and Modern Culture (Pantheon Books, 2008), “Shakespeare makes modern culture and modern culture makes Shakespeare”. In 1949, the first VW Beetle arrived in […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Henry VIII (All is True)

Directed by Ernesto Arias for Fundación Siglo de Oro (Spain) for Shakespeare’s Globe, London. The Globe to Globe festival made a notoriously misinformed claim in its subtitle: ‘37 plays, 37 languages.’ Three Spanish-speaking companies were invited to take part in the festival, and were duly advertised as performing in ‘Argentine’, ‘Mexican’, and ‘Castilian’ Spanish: three […]

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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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Located outside the theatre this rigging was used to fire shots

How did they (signal the entrance of the king) in Henry VIII

Shakespeare knew how hard it was to stage large scale convincing battles with a limited number of actors. He had a very good solution to this which he often but not always employed. He put the battle off stage and the audience became party only to the observations of those on the edges. Messengers going […]

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Henry VIII

Year of Shakespeare: Henry VIII

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 VIII, Rakatá/Fundación Siglo de Oro (Castilian Spanish), 29 May, 2012 at The Globe, London By Juan F. Cerdá, University of Murcia I presume the organizers of the festival […]

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The Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon

A Mass of Poetry

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