Archive | August, 2012

Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing

For film-goers, cult TV fans and Shakespeare lovers, the big movie premiere next month will be Joss Whedon’s black and white, shot in a fortnight, self-financed film of Much Ado About Nothing at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada. Whedon launched his career as a scriptwriter with the 1992 film, Buffy The Vampire Slayer […]

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Shakespeare in Serbia 4 (video)

Part of the joy of attending an international conference is meeting people one knows. I was delighted to see the English language expert Professor David Crystal O.B.E. at the English-Speaking Union conference in Belgrade. David has spoken on many an occasion at The Shakespeare Centre and he gave a characteristically brilliant and lively talk at […]

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Year of Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It)

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.   A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It), by Chekhov International Festival, Dmitry Krymov’s Laboratory and the School of Dramatic Theatre Art, August 10th 2012 at The Royal Shakespeare […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing at the RSC

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.   Much Ado About Nothing, dir. Iqbal Khan, Royal Shakespeare Company, 8 August 2012 at the Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon By Kate Rumbold, University of Birmingham Bicycles dangled from the ceiling, engines revved, and […]

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A Dramaturge in Your Ear (video)

How good is your own theatrical imagination as you read a play by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries? Have you ever wondered how to communicate the possibilities of live theatre to other people, perhaps a group of students? Have you ever wondered where to look for guidance before directing or acting in a play? […]

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How did they (Use horses) in Henry V

I must admit that that title is a bit of a trick. The opening prologue to Henry V talks about horses and invites us only to imagine them on stage. And let us, ciphers to this great accompt, On your imaginary forces work. Suppose within the girdle of these walls Are now confined two mighty […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Talking to the Audience

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.   Talking to the Audience By Bethany Prottey For an English undergraduate, my earliest experiences of Shakespeare were surprisingly uninspired. At the age of fourteen I was just one bored teenager […]

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Year of Shakespeare: Julius Caesar at the RSC

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.   Julius Caesar, RSC, dir. Gregory Doran, at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 19 July 2012 By Monika Smialkowska, University of Northumbria ‘Is this a holiday?’ (1.1.2) The question which Flavius asks of […]

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Shakespeare in Serbia 2 (video)

Continuing our series of blogs about international Shakespeares alongside the Olympic games and the International Shakespeare Conference in Stratford, it’s time to hear from Dr Aleksandar Dimitrijevic, who teaches in the Department of Psychology at the University of Belgrade. He is a trained clinical psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Here he recognises the importance of Shakespeare from […]

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Shakespeare in Serbia 1 (video)

Continuing our series on International Shakespeare’s alongside the Olympic Games… From Craiova in Rumania, I went to Belgrade for an international Shakespeare conference hosted by The English-Speaking Union Serbia There I met with Dr Zorica Becanovic-Nikolic, who works in the Department of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Belgrade. Among her publications is Shakespeare […]

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