Tag Archives: John Russell Brown
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Honouring Professor Reg Foakes

Professor Reg Foakes, who died at his home in Stratford-upon-Avon just before Christmas, was a wise, liberal-minded, influential and much-loved Shakespeare scholar and teacher. His career spanned over sixty years at the universities of Birmingham, Durham, Yale, Toronto, Kent and Los Angeles. He was born and grew up in West Bromwich. His degree at Birmingham […]

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The Stage and The Scholars

One day in 1950 when I was an undergraduate in London I told my tutor, an immensely distinguished literary critic, that I was going to see Michael Redgrave play Hamlet that evening. ‘O’, she replied. ‘I should like to see Hamlet. One day.’ Whether she ever did I don’t know. But her attitude was typical […]

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A Dramaturge in Your Ear (video)

How good is your own theatrical imagination as you read a play by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries? Have you ever wondered how to communicate the possibilities of live theatre to other people, perhaps a group of students? Have you ever wondered where to look for guidance before directing or acting in a play? […]

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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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