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O’Thello

Dickens turns 205 today. The birthday of a Victorian author, even one as famous as Dickens, may not seem an obvious day of reflection for Shakespeareans, but Dickens himself was an ardent Shakespearean. He himself celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday each year, and it is only fair that the favour be returned. There are numerous avenues to […]

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Two US Army (USA) Military Police (MP) escort a detainee, dressed in his new orange jumpsuit to a cell at Camp X-Ray, Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba. Camp X-Ray is the holding facility for detainees held at the US Navy (USN) Base during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

“The time, the place, the torture”: the depiction of torture in Iqbal Khan’s Othello

“The time, the place, the torture”: the depiction of torture in Iqbal Khan’s Othello By Kelsey Ridge The 2015 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello directed by Iqbal Khan can readily be described as inspired by the War on Terror.  Actors wore khaki uniforms and carried guns, while an on-stage Messenger was replaced with satellite-video […]

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“a voice potential/As double as the duke’s” : War, Disability, and Casting in Iqbal Khan’s Othello

“a voice potential/As double as the duke’s” : War, Disability, and Casting in Iqbal Khan’s Othello By Kelsey Ridge, University of Birmingham The 2015 Royal Shakespeare Company production of Othello directed by Iqbal Khan can readily be described as influenced by War on Terror.  Actors wore khaki uniforms and carried guns. The Duke, played by […]

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Shakespeare and Europe

Shakespeare and Europe (Originally posted as part of the British Council Voices Magazine) Shortly after the lamentable news of the referendum result, I heard some English politicians being interviewed on BBC radio.  One of them remarked with apparent satisfaction that membership of the European Union had now been rejected by a majority of ‘our countrymen.’ […]

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Published 23 April 2015

Why Shakespeare Still Matters

Shakespeare has mattered ever since his name first appeared in print in 1593 with his erotic and entertaining poem, Venus and Adonis. He was 29 years old. For much of the poem the goddess of love is naked and begging for sex before Adonis, but he resists her advances. Venus and Adonis was a sensation […]

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Gyula Shakespeare Festival, Hungary

Shakespeare in Gyula

While my colleagues of the Shakespeare on the Road venture are hurtling round a series of Shakespeare festivals in the New World – I hope to join them on the Canadian leg of their journey – I had the pleasure of attending a festival in the historic and delightful town of Gyula, in Southern Hungary. […]

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Lester Othello

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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Tolkien and Shakespeare: An Unexpected Discovery

I recently transitioned my voracious readers, in my elementary ESL (English as a Second Language) classroom, from a steady diet of Shakespeare to a more balanced literacy model incorporating other gifted writers, such as J.R.R. Tolkien.  While varying their literary choices has allowed me to introduce them to such great Tolkien works as The Hobbit and […]

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Laurence Olivier as Othello (1965)

Olivier’s Othello

On Sunday evening, as part of the Shakespeare Film Festival, there was a special screening of Laurence Olivier’s Othello. Perhaps, like me, you’ve been a little put off this film because one of the first things that people say about it is ‘Olivier’s performance is too big for the screen.’ Having seen it, all I […]

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