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Romeo played by Johnny Depp. Now that I would have liked to see. He has, to be sure, scrupulously avoided playing the gorgeous romantic leads that his looks would have made possible, but in his lost vulnerable Gilbert Grape and Sam (of Benny and Joon) days he would have put more depth, or at least […]

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Re-living A Year of Shakespeare

Last spring we launched A Year of Shakespeare – an energetic record and review of all 73 productions which took place in the World Shakespeare Festival. Today, those reviews, by 30 international contributors, are published as A Year of Shakespeare: Re-living the World Shakespeare Festival. It’s well illustrated and represents another innovation from Bloomsbury publishing […]

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How did they (seat a king) in Richard II

Looking at this picture of Jonathan Slinger as Richard II  you are struck by the richness of the image with the stairs doubling as a throne for the king. As Richard’s status declined Jonathan took his seat further down the staircase. Then as now height symbolizes power and status so that the figure of the king could […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Henry IV – Part 2 on the BBC

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Henry IV – Part 2, dir. Richard Eyre, 14 July 2012 on BBC 2 By Will Sharpe We begin, again, in the tavern – this production’s spiritual home – […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Richard II on the BBC

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Richard II, dir. Rupert Goold, 30 June 2012 on BBC 2 By Pete Orford It comes as quite a shock, after the bounty of international Shakespeares this year, to come […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Three Arabic Shakespeares, Putting Words into our Mouths

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Three Arabic Shakespeares, Putting Words into our Mouths By Saffron Walkling, York St John University Cymbeline directed by Joseph Abuk and Derik Uya Alfred and performed by South Sudan Theatre Company, […]

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Richard II

Year of Shakespeare: Richard II

This post is part of Year of Shakespeare, a project documenting the World Shakespeare Festival, the greatest celebration of Shakespeare the world has ever seen.   Richard II, Ashtar Theatre, dir. Conall Morrison, 4 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Erin Sullivan, Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham The first thing we see is a […]

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Shakespeare’s sources – Richard II

In my ongoing series of blogs about Shakespeare’s sources I am today looking at Richard II. Like many of Shakespeare’s history plays the facts that Shakespeare dramatizes can be found in Holinshed’s chronicles and also the Chronicles of Froissart whose lengthy accounts, published around 1400 are still considered useful historical sources today. Unlike with some of […]

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The Death of Tyrants

At the time of writing, the former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi (Colonel Gaddafi) has fled from Tripoli, and is being hunted by rebel forces. As such, he is in a position to offer some unique insights into the dramatic treatment of a number of Shakespeare’s characters. Now would be a good time to ask him […]

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