Archive | May, 2011

“Mingled yarn”

The Globe’s new production of ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’, directed by John Dove, is a real treat, and well worth catching should you be in London over the next few months.  Productions of this play are few and far between – this was only the second time I’ve seen the play on stage.  There […]

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Do you hear Shakespeare’s Words and Music?

I am about to leave for Los Angeles to attend a Shakespeare Symposium convened by Professor Jonathan Post at the University of California in Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.). The title of the symposium is “Where has all the Verse Gone? Shakespeare’s Poetry on the Page & Stage” (May 13-14) and speakers are among the contributors to […]

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The World’s Love of Shakespeare

Our Chairman, and world’s leading Shakespeare expert, Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E., was invited to toast the Worldwide Appreciation of Shakespeare at the Birthday lunch. We thought you’d like to see what he said…. ‘Ladies and gentlemen, this ceremony today, and the traditions that belong to it, provide ample testimony to the fact that Shakespeare is […]

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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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And the winner is…

North-East winner is a dreamer and a gentleman: ‘Thank you for your voices ….. your most sweet voices!’ Shakespeare’s own poetic voice is unmistakable.  However, open a copy of The Complete Works at any place and a host of other voices vie for our attention: ‘Your good voice, sir; what say you?’ (Coriolanus, Act II, […]

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Sir Patrick Stewart and Shakespeare

Sir Patrick’s Stewart’s return to Stratford for his fourth major Shakespearian role at the R.S.C. in five years definitely brings star quality to the stage and the town.   The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham marked his return by inviting him to do this year’s Shakespeare Birthday lecture. A packed […]

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