Tag Archives: ‘Romeo and Juliet’

Shakespeare for Freedom: Why the Plays Matter

Kiernan Ryan and Ewan Fernie in  conversation. We are happy to share CUP’s recording of Ewan Fernie’s and Kiernan Ryan’s conversation on Shakespeare for Freedom. CUP states that: Shakespeare for Freedom presents a powerful, plausible and political argument for Shakespeare’s meaning and value. It ranges across the breadth of the Shakespeare phenomenon, offering a new interpretation not […]

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Making Shakespeare Brand-new: A Tribute to Michael Bogdanov

Making Shakespeare Brand-new: A Tribute to Michael Bogdanov (15 December 1938 – 16 April 2017) by Paul Edmondson I first met Michael Bogdanov in 2008, when he came to take part in a study day on Hamlet at the Shakespeare Centre. He had directed the play five times in a theatrical career that spanned well […]

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Shakespeare al fresco

Interview with the Shakespeare Aloud Team at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. By Sara Marie Westh When you visit the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, the SBT for short, you first make your way through a twilit hallway snaking this way and that, and brimming with museum pieces relevant to Shakespeare’s life and afterlife, from performance videos over […]

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I defy you, stars!

A game by Richard O’Brien, The Shakespeare Institute, based on Romeo and Juliet: click here   ‘I defy you, stars!’ was commissioned for PRINT / SCREEN, an exhibition of game-poems at the National Video Arcade in Nottingham, which ran 12th-18th November and had a second outing at the British Library. I was approached to write […]

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David Tennant as Berowne

The Plays We Overlook: Love’s Labour’s Lost

The Plays We Overlook: Love’s Labour’s Lost By James Cappio Why isn’t Love’s Labour’s Lost more popular? Perhaps this “feast of language” is a surfeit for some. Where A Midsummer Night’s Dream has but two romantic couples, Love’s Labour’s Lost has four, plus a love triangle. Where Much Ado About Nothing has but Dogberry and […]

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“Censure me in your wisdom”: Bowdlerized Shakespeare in the nineteenth century

“Censure me in your wisdom”: Bowdlerized Shakespeare in the nineteenth century By Alexa Alice Joubin Shakespeare has been used to divert around censorship, “sanitized” and redacted for children, young adults and school use, and even used as a form of protest all over the world. While censors have reacted differently to Shakespeare (sometimes with a […]

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Professor Ewan Fernie, University of Birmingham

Freedom, Freetown and Fernie’s Fiery Feast

You do not expect a critic of Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard and other geniuses of human depth and intellect to be as good as Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky or Kierkegaard. Fair enough. But not when the critic’s name is Ewan Fernie. I had never before heard the author of what I consider to be one of […]

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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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A Horse With Wings and other songs for children sung by characters from Shakespeare
Words and Music by Daeshin Kim, Illustrations by Sohyun An Kim

Back to School with Shakespeare

                  While attending the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Elementary Educators Conference this summer, I had the supreme pleasure of meeting two fantastic authors,  who have supplied those of us who dare to teach Shakespeare with two inspiring, new resources for the classroom.  Acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig recently published […]

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