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Sir Anthony Quayle as Falstaff in Orson Welles's 'Chimes at Midnight'

Not fat enough for Falstaff?

I wanted so badly for it to be PERFECT – expected it would be after the BBC’s Richard II! – but oh dear, a miss is as good as a mile. Henry IV? YES. Hotspur & Kate? YES. Supporting cast? YES. Falstaff? Um… Hal? Er… Hal was great for the serious stuff (his showdown with […]

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Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Mark Antony

Jubilant Julius: Tree’s Spectacular Theatre

Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Mark Antony   I recently had the pleasure of seeing Greg Doran’s Julius Caesar at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and the striking set made me think about the grand visual feast of Herbert Beerbohm Tree’s production at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 1898. Like Doran’s production, Tree’s was mounted in the wake […]

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How to Tame a Swedish Shrew

As Elizabeth Schafer reminds us in the Shakespeare in Production edition of the play, ‘The Taming of the Shrew has been phenomenally popular outside English-speaking countries’. Sweden is no exception in this respect; The Taming of the Shrew has been one of the five most popular Shakespeare plays in this country for well over a […]

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Chinese Shakespeares in The Shakespeare Centre Library

Loving Shakespeare in China: Part 3

In the third and final part of this current series, I speak to Liu Tong/Archer Liu, from Shanghai International Studies University. Here is a bright, young man who is passionate about Shakespeare in performance and about the English language. It was truly inspiring to meet Archer whose commitment to Shakespeare is palpable. Do you know […]

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12Night

Queering Shakespeare

In 2007 Neil Bartlett directed a production of Twelfth Night at the RSC in which Viola was played by a man, Chris New, and Sir Toby Belch, Andrew Aguecheek and Fabian were played by women; Marjorie Yates, Annabel Leventon and Joanne Howarth respectively. The production divided critics and audiences, Michael Billington in The Guardian thought […]

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Digital Futures

On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of a second meeting with Fiona Lindsay and some of the team from Digital Theatre. I don’t know if you have heard about Digital Theatre but basically it is a digitisation project which makes live theatre available on line with a range of supplementry materials also available. This […]

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“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”

I have posted a number of blogs in recent months about my involvement with the Ninth World Shakespeare Congress that will be taking place in Prague this July. These Shakespearian gatherings happen every five years, and a great deal of work goes into organising an event that is truly international in scope. A highlight of […]

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“What shall I do with my doublet and hose!”

The RSC’s ‘As You Like It’ comes to the end of its run tomorrow night, and I’m going to miss it when it disappears from Stratford’s stage. I’ve seen the production many times with visiting groups, and I’ve enjoyed watching the actors’ performances develop over the course of the run.   A couple of weeks […]

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“A feast of languages”

I’ve just waved goodbye to a remarkable group of people.  It is often said that Shakespeare can bring people together – and that has certainly been the case in Stratford over the last week. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of The English Speaking Union (www.esu.org)  teachers, theatre practitioners  and university students from Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, […]

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