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Year of Shakespeare: Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival

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.   Circles, Centres, and the Globe to Globe Festival By Stephen Purcell, University of Warwick At a meeting of the Year of Shakespeare contributors last week, I found myself thinking about […]

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Year of Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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.   The Taming of the Shrew, Theatre Wallay/Kashf, dir. Haissam Hussain, 25 May 2012 at The Globe, London By Thea Buckley, Shakespeare Institute Discussion of Shakespeare’s Shrew inevitably centres on the final, controversial scene, wherein Katherine […]

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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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Shakespearience 5: We are Things among Things….

I’ve had the good fortune of being somewhat involved in the current RSC The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Lucy Bailey. In my programme note for the production, I’ve written especially about the bestial life and imagery of the play, which has come to seem to me to be epitomized by the pointy little […]

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How to Tame a Shrew?

Our revered guardian of theatrical values, Michael Billington, has recently joined Twitter. The news provoked a flurry of excitement among regular tweeters. His first message to what is already becoming a large band of devoted followers both posed a question and offered a recommendation. ‘Saw the Shrew in Stratford last night. I once called for […]

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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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Shakespeare Out of Venice

Shaul Bassi’s fascinating account of ‘Walking Shakespeare’s Venice’ plays with an ambivalence that is as fascinating and dangerous, seductive and treacherous as Venice herself is so often portrayed in literature and film. He acknowledges that there is no evidence of Shakespeare ever having been in Venice. But he still wants Shakespeare to have been there, […]

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Germaine Greer on The Taming Of The Shrew

The RSC is staging not one but two productions of The Taming Of The Shrew in the next few months, Tim Crouch’s Young People’s Shakespeare production opens at The Swan Theatre at the end of September, followed by Lucy Bailey’s main house production in January 2012. The Taming Of The Shrew is notoriously difficult to […]

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The R.S.C. at Fifty

The editors of The Stage newspaper have asked me to write a piece commemorating fifty years of the RSC. This has made me delve into memories of more than half a century’s Stratford theatre-going. I came here first for a short holiday in 1954, when I saw four plays. My main memories are of Barbara […]

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