Tag Archives: William Shakespeare
Y Storm

Year of Shakespeare: Y Storm

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. Y Storm or The Tempest, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Dir. Elen Bowman, August 7  2012 (matinee), at National Eisteddfod Maes, Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. By Alun Thomas, Cardiff University Y Storm […]

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Moncada's 'A Soldier in Every Son'

Telling Histories with Shakespeare

A Soldier in Every Son, playing at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon appropriates, albeit loosely, Shakespeare’s history plays through a complex re-telling of Mexican history. In these blogs I have been thinking about Victorian Shakespeare and, particularly, stage spectacles. While it is difficult to imagine the approval of Shakespeare’s ‘bardolising’ Victorian audiences, the appropriation of select […]

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In a Pickle

Year of Shakespeare: In a Pickle

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.   In a Pickle, Oily Cart/Royal Shakespeare Company, dir. Tim Webb, 28 June 2012, at the Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne By Adam Hansen, University of Northumbria This production did […]

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Falstaff Hal

Year of Shakespeare: Henry IV – Part 1, 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 1, dir. Richard Eyre, 7 July 2012 on BBC 2 By Will Sharpe It was perhaps fitting, tuning in to this instalment of the BBC’s Hollow […]

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tree's shipwreck

‘A marvellous box of tricks’: On the shipwreck in Tree’s ‘The Tempest’

The focus on journeys, isolation and wreckage in the current RSC ‘Shipwreck trilogy’ has turned my attention to Victorian productions of these plays, and their use of the shipwreck motif. One such production immediately springs to mind: Tree’s 1904 Tempest at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The play was divided into three acts, and frameworked with two […]

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Sir Henry Irving

Much Ado About Churches: Henry Irving does a wedding

In anticipation of the Indian-themed production of Much Ado About Nothing opening at the Courtyard Theatre in July, I’m thinking back to spectacular Victorian mountings of Shakespeare’s comedy. And what more striking production of this play was there in this period than that of Henry Irving: the rigorous Methodist and much-debated actor-manager of the Lyceum […]

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Henry VIII

Year of Shakespeare: Henry VIII

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 VIII, Rakatá/Fundación Siglo de Oro (Castilian Spanish), 29 May, 2012 at The Globe, London By Juan F. Cerdá, University of Murcia I presume the organizers of the festival […]

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Tempest

Something Bold This Way Comes: A Tempest for 21st Century London

With the array of weird and wonderful performances currently on display at the World Shakespeare Festival, you could be forgiven for thinking that a new, truly unique, and truly unusual adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s plays represents something of an impossibility. Enter Fifth Column Film’s feature-length film, Tempest.     Four years in the making, […]

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Antony and Cleopatra

Year of Shakespeare: Antony and Cleopatra – Two Perspectives

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.   Antony and Cleopatra (Antonius ile Kleopatra), Oyun Atölyesi, Dir. Kemal Aydoğan, 26 & 27 May 2012 at The Globe, London, reviewed by Michael Dobson & Adele Lee Saturday 26 May 2012 By […]

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