Archive | August, 2012

Year of Shakespeare: Coriolan/us

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. Coriolan/us, National Theatre Wales and Royal Shakespeare Company, Dir. Mike Pearson and Mike Brooks, 8 August 2012, at Hangar 858, RAF St Athan, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. By Alun Thomas, Cardiff University […]

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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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Shakespeare’s Year!

The World Shakespeare Festival continues… Have you added your voice to our Year of Shakespeare project, yet? Since April, Blogging Shakespeare has been hosting many reviews and responses to the productions which are part of the World Shakespeare Festival. You might like to browse the Year of Shakespeare site by clicking here and watch some […]

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How did they (imprison Malvolio) in Twelfth Night

If you have seen the current RSC Twelfth Night, you will probably vividly remember poor Malvolio in his on stage prison. Although his dark cell was on the stage level the impression of it being in the basement was given by the other actors entering that space in an elevator from the gallery level.  When […]

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How did they (charge for entrance) in Julius Caesar

  So you want to go and visit the theatre? Think it might be a bit pricy to get the best seats, willing to save money by sitting further away? Or even behind a pillar? It was relatively cheap to visit the theatre in Shakespeare’s time. The cheapest seats (which were not seats but standing […]

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Embracing Shakespeare

This webinar is a conversation I had about different aspects of Shakespearian study with the two general editors of The Oxford Shakespeare Topics series, Professor Peter Holland (McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies, University of Notre Dame) and Professor Stanley Wells, C.B.E. (Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust). We talk about Shakespeare and America, […]

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Iago and the Analysts

The Institute of Psychoanalysis talks Shakespeare. To be exact, it talks Shakespeare on a new DVD called Iago on the Couch. Around the candle-lit setting of Freud’s dining table decked with eclectically styled glass decanters, wine, cheeses and fruits, sit three psychoanalysts and two thespians ready to engage with the mind of Shakespeare’s troublesome Iago. […]

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The Form’s The Thing

As a poet and playwright working in the renaissance form, I’ve found that if you simply begin a play with the premise that a great deal of your dialogue will be in iambic pentameter, then many of the conventions of the form grow naturally from that decision. A play dealing in the theatricality of language […]

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Is Troilus And Cressida as bad as everyone says?

If some of the reviews are to believed, and if the number of walk-outs is an indication, the RSC/Wooster Group’s collaboration on Troilus And Cressida is pretty bad. In his two star review in The Guardian Michael Billington called it a ‘bizarrely disjointed spectacle [which] does nothing to enhance our understanding of the play’, Heather […]

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How did they (create stage blood) in Coriolanus

Here we see behind the scenes of a recent version of Coriolanus made for film – the write up that I took the image from  promises that ‘there will be blood!’ (and there certainly was). But was there on Shakespeare’s stage? You may think that blood was likely to be like the horses and the […]

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