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Shakespeare and Grace: Considering Alternative Endings in Measure for Measure

Alack, when once our grace we have forgot, Nothing goes right. We would and we would not Measure for Measure, 4.4.31-32 In a class I taught recently on Measure for Measure my students explored the dilemmas faced by present-day actors and directors considering how to portray Isabella. In the closing discussion, to add to the ideas […]

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Shakespeare and All Those ‘Big’ Questions: Introducing the Shakespeare and . . . project

Speaking after the bombings that took place at the Boston marathon, President Obama stated his determination to ‘get to the bottom’ of the atrocity and promised that those found to be responsible would ‘feel the full weight of justice’. The word ‘justice’ resounded each time I heard the sound bite in the days that followed; […]

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The Plays We Overlook: All’s Well That Ends Well

Of the three “problem plays,” Troilus and Cressida and Measure for Measure, with their dark cynicism about sex and politics, seem finally to be coming into their own in our darkly cynical time. Not so All’s Well That Ends Well. All’s Well has been called the comic version of Coriolanus; if nothing else, these are […]

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Sir Nick Hytner on Shakespeare

It all started about eighteen months ago. The University of Notre Dame in London wanted very much to feel it was doing all it could to honour Stanley Wells  C.B.E. as the pre-eminent Shakespeare scholar. So, Notre Dame’s London director, Greg Kucich, and Shakespeare scholar Boika Sokolva invited The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Shakespeare […]

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Shakespeare and The Flying Dutchman

Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure is a strongly political play, a work embedded in the complexities of social reality, but its hero/villain Angelo, whose admiration for Isabella’s ascetic purity morphs into sexual desire and a rape-attempt, is in part intensely spiritual. This is not, however, a spirituality that is allowed to unfold fully. István Géher brings […]

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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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The Plays We Overlook: Pericles, Prince of Tyre

Pericles has a claim to be Shakespeare’s most overlooked play. Nonprofessional Shakespeareans are likely never to have seen, read, or even heard of it. It is among the last plays to have entered the canon. The text is notoriously corrupt. And the consensus that it is a collaboration is among the firmest for any of […]

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How did they (play women) in Measure for Measure

One of the most well known and perhaps, to western eyes, oddest things about Tudor theatre was their practice of using young male actors to play the women’s roles. This was a tradition that continued until the reformation when the European practice of women playing women was introduced. Thus it is certain that in the […]

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Shakespeare’s Bridget Jones

Despite being written hundreds of years ago, Shakespeare’s plays and the characters within these are still easy for many of us to identify with. To demonstrate this, I am going to look at Helena from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Helena is a character who I think most girls can relate to due to the fact […]

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