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Unfair Verona: plans to limit tourists at Juliet’s balcony are blocked

Decade-long feud continues over popular selfie spot linked to Shakespeare’s Romeo and JulietPlans to curtail the number of tourists who flock to Verona for a selfie beneath the balcony where Romeo is said to have wooed Juliet have been blocked amid a feud over the site that has lasted more than a decade.Tourists can enter the tiny courtyard – free-of-charge – simply to take a photo of the balcony or to rub their hand on the right breast of a bronze statue of Juliet as part of a ritual that is sa...
Tags: Europe, Theatre, Culture, Italy, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Verona, Romeo, Juliet


With Theatres Closed, Regular Folks Have Taken To Doing Play Readings On Zoom

“Over the past year, as many theaters worldwide have remained closed, online play reading groups have arisen to fill that dramatic gap, with more or less prowess — on Zoom, on Skype, on the audio-only app Clubhouse. Some participants merely read their lines, scripts in hand, others act them out. Many clubs stick to Shakespeare and affiliated classics, but plenty range more widely, integrating contemporary plays, Star Trek episodes and film scripts.” Some stage professionals have started reading...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Skype, Audience, 04.14.21


‘What If Shakespeare Wrote Shakespeare, But Someone Else Wrote Him First?’

That’s how one scholar summarizes the theory that the plays of William Shakespeare were written, yes, by the glover’s son from Stratford-upon-Avon — but adapted from scripts and prose works by the courtier and Latin translator Sir Thomas North. Here’s a look at the evidence. – Smithsonian Magazine
Tags: Art, Theatre, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Stratford, Thomas North, 04.06.21


Italians Bristle At The Suggestion Dante Was “Less Modern” Than Shakespeare

A German newspaper had made the claim and Italian readers and Italy’s leaders pushed back vociferously. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Italy, Words, Shakespeare, 03.29.21


First Plays From Modern-Translations-Of-Shakespeare Project To Be Published

“A project, called Play On! Shakespeare, launched in 2015 by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, … commissioned 36 playwrights from diverse backgrounds … [to adapt] all 39 of the Bard’s plays from their original Elizabethan English into a more modern diction.” The first three titles in the print series (now re-punctuated as Play on Shakespeare) will be Migdalia Cruz’s Macbeth (May), David Ivers’s As You Like It (June), and Kenneth Cavander’s The Tempest (July). – Publishers Weekly
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, David Ivers, Migdalia Cruz, 03.29.21, Kenneth Cavander


The Globe Will Reopen This Summer, With Strict Protocols Including No Intermissions

Arrival times will be staggered, drinks and snacks must be pre-ordered, and the audience can go to the bathroom when it needs to – but there will be absolutely no stopping a play once it begins. Shakespeare might feel a bit too real. Consider Romeo and Juliet. There will be no need “to deny the hell of that play, the dystopia of that play, the broken society, the police brutality. Shakespeare does not shy away from the difficult conversations and neither will we.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Audience, 03.24.21


It Seems We Do Know What Shakespeare Looked Like — ‘A Self-Satisfied Pork Butcher’

That choice phrase from a 20th-century critic was about the effigy installed above Shakespeare’s grave in Stratford-upon-Avon. The general presumption had been that the painted limestone statue had been made after the writer’s death and was not necessarily modeled on the actual man. Now one scholar’s research indicates that the piece was cone by a professional tomb-maker who almost certainly knew Shakespeare — who, more likely than not, commissioned and approved the memorial himself. – The Guar...
Tags: Art, People, Shakespeare, Stratford, 03.19.21


What It’s Like Filming ‘The World’s Greatest Love Scene’ When You And Romeo Can’t Touch

Jessie Buckley is playing Juliet, and Josh O’Connor is playing Romeo, but there’s no audience – and there’s a huge audience. “When news first broke that Buckley and O’Connor would appear together in a contemporary version of Romeo & Juliet, there was huge excitement among theatregoers. The idea was for a short autumn run at the Lyttleton theatre, in a stage production directed by Simon Godwin. When Covid put a stop to audiences, Godwin brought his actors together for the dates they’d been booke...
Tags: Art, Theatre, World, Shakespeare, Audience, Lyttleton, Buckley, Juliet, Godwin, O'Connor, Romeo Juliet, Jessie Buckley, Simon Godwin, Josh O Connor, COVID, 03.20.21


The Guy Who Possibly Found The Author Of Shakespeare’s Source Material For Hamlet

And other plays too. This isn’t a “Shakespeare didn’t write his own plays” theory; it’s a theory about an Elizabethan playwright named Thomas North – and Thomas North’s cousin George. – Boston Globe
Tags: Art, Words, Shakespeare, Hamlet, 03.19.21, Thomas North


'Self-satisfied pork butcher': Shakespeare grave effigy believed to be definitive likeness

Exclusive: Bust in Holy Trinity church was modelled by tomb-maker Nicholas Johnson, research findsThey say you should never meet your heroes, which has been just as well for literature fans who for centuries have been told they would never even see an accurate likeness of William Shakespeare. Until recently, there were only two definitive portraits of the playwright widely regarded to be the greatest writer in the English language and both were thought to have been painted posthumously. Art crit...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Nicholas Johnson, Thomas Overbury


From Gnomeo & Juliet to Baz Luhrmann: 10 of the best Romeo and Juliets

Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers have provided inspiration across stage and screen, via slang-singing gangs and warring garden ornamentsModern Toss on Shakespeare’s classic romanceSun’s out, guns out: Baz Luhrmann captures the temper-fraying, passion-sparking heat of Shakespeare’s summertime tragedy. We’re in Verona (or is that Venice?) Beach, where the boardwalk throbs and shirts are either loud or absent. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are love’s young dreamers, and – in a jostle of brill...
Tags: Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Leonardo Dicaprio, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare, Verona, Claire Danes, Romeo, Baz Luhrmann, Juliet, Romeo And Juliet, Pete Postlethwaite


Folger Shakespeare Library – Director of Programming

An international hub for Shakespeare scholarship and the study of the early modern period, the Folger Shakespeare Library (Folger) connects the 21st century with William Shakespeare’s work, ideas, and times in which he lived. The Folger is dedicated to cultivating new audiences for a new world, with a renewed and revitalized commitment to connecting Shakespeare’s stories to the world so that all visitors will find their stories reflected. The Folger creates lovers of Shakespeare and the humaniti...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Washington, Washington Dc, William Shakespeare, Dc, Shakespeare, Miranda, Great Hall, Folger Shakespeare Library, Henry Clay, Program Committee, Folger, United States Capitol Building, Ms Wyona Lynch, Folger Shakespeare Library Folger


'A critic said my stomach was a warning to us all!' Simon Callow meets Derek Jacobi

The theatre legends look back at working with Laurence Olivier and Peter O’Toole, the pain of biting reviews, the joy of a good run – and the agonies of being miscastDerek Jacobi and Simon Callow first met at the Old Vic in London. Jacobi was treading the boards with Laurence Olivier, Peter O’Toole and other greats in the fledgling National Theatre company; the younger Callow was working at the box office. Prolific as ever through this lockdown year, both are juggling an assortment of stage and ...
Tags: London, Theatre, Culture, Stage, National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare, Simon Callow, Simon, Laurence Olivier, Vic, Peter O'Toole, Jacobi, Derek Jacobi, Callow, Laurence Olivier Peter O'Toole


What “Hamlet” Suggests About Trump’s Impeachment Trial

Rereading “Hamlet” after the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, I was struck by how fears of insurrection permeate the play. Every age sees itself in Shakespeare’s tragedy, but little did I expect to be reminded of the recent uprising and its poisonous politics when returning to this most philosophical of revenge dramas. – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, Shakespeare, 02.07.21


Take It From A Times Theater Critic: The Trump-To-Shakespeare Analogies Really Don’t Work

Jesse Green: “I admit that I do it too. … But even these comparisons are reductive — in both directions. Shakespeare’s characters are much richer and more readable than someone as unforthcoming as Trump. At the same time, we’d be lucky if he were merely Shakespearean; no made-up villain, even Iago, is as alarming as someone for whom all the world is truly a stage.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Trump, Jesse Green, 01.19.21


Thornton Wilder's Our Town is America's answer to Shakespeare

The Pulitzer-winning drama, set in the small town of Grover’s Corners, has a beating heart that will resonate through the yearsIt is frequently called the quintessential American play, but if productions of Thornton Wilder’s 1938 Pulitzer prize winner Our Town focus on its “American-ness”, they’re missing the point.Much as the Russian-set, Jewish-themed Fiddler on the Roof became an international hit in numerous languages, Our Town has lasted as one of the most produced US plays in the global mo...
Tags: Theatre, US, America, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, New Hampshire Continue, Grover, Thornton Wilder, Our Town


Author Of ‘War Horse’ Insists He Wasn’t Trying To Censor Shakespeare’s ‘Merchant of Venice’

“[Britain’s Sunday Times] described [Michael Morpurgo’s] ’21st-century sensibilities’ as having prevented the inclusion of the play in Tales from Shakespeare, his retelling of 10 Shakespeare plays for children aged six and older.” Morpurgo says that this way of describing his decision is bogus: he had to choose only ten plays, and he felt they should be stories appropriate for eight-year-olds, which The Merchant of Venice is not. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Britain, Venice, Words, Michael Morpurgo, Shakespeare, Sunday Times, Morpurgo, 01.04.21


Lamenting A Brave Little Theater And Its Big Shakespeare Cycle, Both Killed By COVID

Over the course of this year and next, Brave Spirits Theater in Alexandria, Va. was going to be “first professional American theater company to mount full productions of Shakespeare’s two history play tetralogies” — that’s Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 and Henry V, then Henry VI Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III — “and perform them in repertory.” Maya Phillips was going to report on it all; as she begins her account, “I’ve written several versions of this story. …” – The New York Times ...
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Richard, Richard III, Henry V, Alexandria Va, COVID, Maya Phillips, 12.29.20, Henry VI Parts


The Source Story For ‘King Lear’ Had A Happy Ending. Why Did Shakespeare Make It A Tragedy?

Basically, because of all the plagues everyone had been through, says Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Greg Doran. “There is a big change in tone in his later work. Academics have speculated that this was to do with political unrest and change, the wake of the gunpowder plot, but experiencing the pandemic this year has made it clearer to me what lies behind it. Shakespeare just could no longer write straightforward comedies, or give a happy ending to Lear.” – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare, King Lear, 12.13.20, Greg Doran


Paris’ Legendary Shakespeare & Co. Sends Out An SOS

“We’re not closing our doors, but we’ve gone through all of our savings. We are 80% down since the beginning of the first wave. We’ve now gone through all of the bookshop savings, which we were lucky to build up, and we have also been making use of the support from the government, and especially the furlough scheme. But it doesn’t cover everything, and we’ve delayed quite a lot of rent that we have.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Paris, Words, Shakespeare, 10.28.20


Lear Lite

Shakespeare’s writing — all of it, poetry and plays — was repulsive to Tolstoy, who claimed in a pamphlet that whenever he read Shakespeare he was overcome by “repulsion, weariness, and bewilderment.” Orwell disagreed mightily: “Finally the most striking thing is how little difference it all makes.” – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Shakespeare, Orwell, Ajblogs, Tolstoy, 10.26.20, Lear Lite


How well do you know the world of theatre? [Quiz]

Gyles Brandreth has been collecting theatre stories since he was a boy—and he has collected more than a thousand of them for The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes, an anthology of entertaining and illuminating stories about every aspect of the world of theatre, from the age of Shakespeare to the present day. How well do you know your theatre? Try’s Gyles’s quick quiz and find out. Curtain up! Feature image via UnsplashThe post How well do you know the world of theatre? [Quiz] appeared first o...
Tags: Books, Featured, Theatre, Quiz, Shakespeare, Gyles Brandreth, Arts & Humanities, Theatre & Dance, Gyles, Subtopics


Diana Rigg, 82

Three or four generations loved her for television roles from Emma Peel in The Avengers to Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca to Olenna Tyrell (the “Queen of Thorns”) in Game of Thrones; film roles from Tracy (the only Bond girl to get James to put a ring on it) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service to Vincent Price’s daughter in Theatre of Blood to Miss Piggy’s employer in The Great Muppet Caper; and stage roles from Euripedes’s Medea to Shakespeare’s Cordelia, Regan, and Hermia to Edward Albee’s Martha to ...
Tags: Art, People, Rebecca, Edward Albee, Secret Service, Shakespeare, James, Diana Rigg, Martha, Loewe, Lerner, Henry Higgins, Hermia, Olenna Tyrell, Emma Peel, 09.10.20


BWW Review: The Seeing Place Addresses LGBTQIA+ Issues Through Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

Back in pre-COVID New York, barely a midsummer weekend would go by without a theatre company somewhere presenting an outdoor production of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM in whatever garden, meadow or parking lot would offer a permit. When you add the countless indoor productions, the Bard's merry mixture of comedy, romance and fantasy - offering numerous juicy roles for a talented ensemble -- is doubtlessly one of his most enduringly popular pieces. [Author: Michael Dale]
Tags: New York, Theatre, Shakespeare, Michael Dale


Broadway Rewind: INTO THE WOODS Goes Into the Park with Amy Adams, Jessie Mueller & More!

Today we rewind to 2012, when Into the Woods arrived at the Delacorte Theater as a part of The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park. [Author: BroadwayWorld TV]
Tags: Theatre, Shakespeare, Woods, Delacorte Theater, BroadwayWorld TV, Amy Adams Jessie Mueller


Time To Challenge The System That Supports Shakespeare?

The Shakespeare system is not simply Shakespeare’s written work, but the complex and oppressive role his work, legacy, and positionality hold in our contemporary society. Feeling defensive yet? – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, 08.31.20


A New Shakespearean Theatre Recreation In Connecticut?

The theater in Stratford, Connecticut, modeled on Shakespeare’s Globe theater in London, burned down in January 2019 as the result of arson. The theater building had not hosted an indoor performance in decades, though the surrounding lawn has continued to be sacred ground for Shakespeare fans, with performances by a summertime Shakespeare Academy and local outdoor Shakespeare troupes as well as community festivals. – Hartford Courant
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Connecticut, Shakespeare, Stratford Connecticut, 08.27.20, Shakespeare Academy


Getting Anti-Black Language Out, While Retaining The Core Ideas And Beauty, In Shakespeare

This may not be easy, and a lot of theatre artists may not want to think about it – but a Google Doc can help. “If there’s an instance where the word ‘slave’ does harm and the word ‘knave’ doesn’t, I think you can change it. I don’t know if that word did harm to Shakespeare’s audiences, but it can to ours. In an instance like that, I believe that making a substitution is actually closer to honoring Shakespeare’s original intention.” – Howlround
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Google Doc, 08.27.20


A New Way to Look at Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Instead of reading the sonnets in the numbered sequence of the 1609 quarto, which is the usual way, they examine them in what they believe was their order of composition. This puts a special focus on the considerable tinkering that went into them. – Jan Herman
Tags: Art, Shakespeare, Ajblogs, 08.15.20


In The 2016 ‘Much Ado’ On PBS, Shakespeare Conveys How Much Black Lives Matter

This is a good time for some required quarantine viewing, no? And it’s always a good time to check out how good directors, dramaturgs, and designers (not to mention actors) can turn Shakespeare’s plays into a living, breathing commentary on contemporary life. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, 08.14.20, PBS Shakespeare



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