Tag Archives: Kenneth Branagh

6 Hamlet soliloquies

As the heatwave rages on, we offer this as a public service to all our readers: cool down with the prince of Denmark’s soliloquy. Six different approaches compiled by Vincent More to reflect on the differences laid bare by performance: Benedict Cumberbatch, Adrian Lester, Maxine Peake, Paapa Essiedu, Kenneth Branagh, and Sir Laurence Olivier. We hope […]

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Keeping up with Shakespeare

When I started blogging on Shakespeare Calling a couple of years ago I had some kind of vague ambition – alongside of reading the plays and writing short responses to them – of seeing all the movies based on the plays, going to the theater to see the productions, reading the books about the plays… […]

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Royal-Mail-Stamps-RSC-Hamlet

Doing Something about ‘Hamlet’

  February 4 And now.   The play has been read. It’s so compact! It’s so complete!  Each line is so…significant! So…powerful!   Calm down.  Yes, it’s a powerful play. More so with each reading. So what else is new?   The available spin-offs have been watched, some not previously seen. Star Trek?? Oh yes. […]

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Filming Shakespeare

Just before Christmas I visited the home of one of my godchildren. Harry is six and, together with his brother and sister, loves making films. His older brother, Tom, is in charge and his sister assists with locations and production. Harry is by now quite used to being given reams of script at the last […]

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Can You Do That to Shakespeare?

In the Raspberry Hills Library English Book Circle the question has often been raised of how much we can accept things done to the classics. Can Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law really do that to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson?  Can Laurie R. King really have a feisty young Marry Russell marry an aging […]

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Sir Kenneth Branagh at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

O Kenneth Where Art Thou?

Dear Kenneth Branagh, Do you know how it is to see a movie that hits you like a ton of bricks and changes your life? Well, of course you do. Your Henry V did that to me. The first time I saw it I was only as vaguely aware of Shakespeare as most people are […]

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Sir Kenneth Branagh as Henry V in his 1988 film version.

Filming Shakespeare – Gone Live!

Our recent webinar on ‘Filming Shakespeare’ has now been posted as a resource within Blogging Shakespeare and can be accessed via to tool-bar at the top of this page, or by clicking here. It’s a conversation about the Shakespeare films of Sir Kenneth Branagh, patron of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s Shakespeare Film Festival. Don’t miss […]

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Sir Peter Hall's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 1959

Filming a Dream of 1959

As part of the first Shakespeare Film Festival here in Stratford-upon-Avon we had a special showing of Peter Hall’s 1959 A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A young Vanessa Redgrave can be seen as Helena, Robert Hardy is Oberon, Ian Holm is Puck… Charles Laughton, who plays Bottom, introduces the film with a four-minute tour of Stratford-upon-Avon. […]

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Sir Kenneth Branagh as Henry V

Filming Shakespeare Webinar

We’ve been enjoying the first Shakespeare Film Festival here in Stratford-upon-Avon. It concludes on Sunday evening with a special showing of Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V at The Stratford Picture House. In part characterising the Film Festival have been the pre- and post-show talks by Shakespearians, film practioners, and experts. Join us for a free webinar, […]

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