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Antony Sher, One Of Britain’s Great Stage Actors, Dead At 72

He was an accomplished writer and screen actor, but he was most famed for theatre classics from Shakespeare to Pinter. In 1985, for Richard III and Torch Song Trilogy, he became, he said, “the first actor to win an [Olivier] for playing both a king and a queen.” – BBC
Tags: Art, People, Britain, Shakespeare, Richard III, Antony Sher, Olivier, Pinter

Stephen Sondheim Solved Puzzles Of Theatre, And Much More

“ His achievement is Shakespearean. Like Shakespeare, he inherited an art form and theater scene from a previous generation, then pushed the boundaries of what theater could do again and again. … His work follows us through each stage of our own lives.” – Slate
Tags: Art, Theatre, Stephen Sondheim, Shakespeare

This AI Algorithm Could Help Us Figure Out Shakespeare

No, not his actual identity, we’re afraid. But, if not the definitively correct version of the text of a play or poem, at least the most likely version. This is thanks to software developed by a Canadian startup called Cohere. – The New York Times Book Review
Tags: Art, New York Times, Words, Shakespeare

How Shakespeare Drove Publishing And Publishing Drove Shakespeare In The 1700s

In the mid-1730s, Robert Walker waged a price war with the London publishing establishment, driving the cost of individual play editions down to just one penny each. This led to a significant expansion of Shakespeare’s readership. – The Conversation
Tags: Art, London, Words, Shakespeare, Robert Walker

Just because: James Earl Jones reads from Othello at the White House

James Earl Jones reads an excerpt from Shakespeare’s Othello at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, White House, James Earl Jones, Shakespeare, Ajblogs

Joseph Marcell: ‘I tried to get Will Smith to do Shakespeare instead of Independence Day’

He was adored as Geoffrey the butler in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Now, as he stars opposite Cush Jumbo in Hamlet, the actor discusses stardom, being one of the first Black Othellos – and why Smith should play Mark AntonyJoseph Marcell’s life has been dominated by a lot of Shakespeare and by one smash-hit sitcom. So when we meet, I bring the lyrics to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s theme song, which some joker online has translated into blank verse. “In west Philadelphia born and raised / On th...
Tags: London, Television, Film, Theatre, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Philadelphia, Will Smith, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare, Smith, Young Vic, Bel Air, Geoffrey, Cush Jumbo

Theatrefolk Featured Play – Shakespeare’s Super Snowy Seasonal Sleigh Ride Stage Show! by Lindsay Price

Welcome to our Featured Play Spotlight. If you believe that Shakespeare’s characters deserve to celebrate the holidays too, then the “what if” holiday extravaganza, Shakespeare’s Super Snowy Seasonal Sleigh Ride Stage Show! by Lindsay Price is for you! Shakespeare’s characters are festive. Very festive. And they deserve to be part of the corporate machine that celebrates […]
Tags: Comedy, Theatre, Production, Acting, Shakespeare, Lindsay Price, School Plays, Vignettes, Theatrefolk plays, Holiday Plays

A moment that changed me: Patrick Stewart on the teacher who spotted his talent – and saved him

I skipped the 11-plus and was failing at school. Then I met Cecil Dormand, the extraordinary English teacher who transformed my life for everI never sat my 11-plus. On the day of the test, I wandered around the hills near the golf club above my home town of Mirfield in West Yorkshire. I ate my lunch sitting against a dry stone wall, looking down on the town, where I could see my school pals in the playground during a break in the exams. I doubt if I would have passed, anyway. And, frankly, I jus...
Tags: Family, Education, Children, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Teaching, Culture, Stage, Schools, Parents and parenting, West Yorkshire, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare

Medieval Tennis: A Short History and Demonstration

British You Tuber Nikolas “Lindybiege” Lloyd is a man of many, many interests. Wing Chun style kung fu… Children’s television produced in the UK between 1965 and 1975… Ancient weaponry, chainmail, and historically accurate WWII model miniatures… Actress Celia Johnson, star of the 1945 romantic drama Brief Encounter… Evolutionary psychology… …and it would appear, tennis. But not the sort you’ll find played on the grass courts of Wimbledon, or for that matter, the hard courts of the US...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Design, London, Youtube, College, France, Sports, History, Paris, Shakespeare, Henry V, Penn, Wilson, Henry Viii, Anne Boleyn

Why Do We Still Care About Shakespeare?

So why do we still read him, and why do so many people still flock to his plays, despite their archaisms lichened with footnotes and, to citizens of our ironic century, his easily parodied apostrophizing? Why do we still care? – Washington Post
Tags: Art, Words, Shakespeare

‘I felt completely lost’: the actors navigating an arts crisis and long Covid

Three performers – among the one million people suffering from long Covid – explain the painful process of getting back on stageIn 2019, the actor and director Helen Oakleigh was hired to stage a number of shows in China that would be playing throughout 2020. They flew from London to Wuhan on 1 January last year and then on to Chengdu but, soon after arriving, began to feel unwell with a virus that would later be diagnosed as Covid-19. Although able to return to work soon afterwards, they strugg...
Tags: UK, London, China, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Harry Potter, Acting, Shakespeare, Wuhan, Chengdu, Coronavirus, Helen Oakleigh, Covid Oakleigh

Amazon's "Cinderella."

That has a 41% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. I scanned the reviews. Nothing worth quoting.  The preview is enough. I looked it up after reading this comment on the review that appears in WaPo: "I watched the preview and was struck by the whole message that Cinderella's new dream is to get to work MORE. Feed into the capitalistic machine, Cinderella! You have no value unless you dream of WORK." Yes, there's a male fairy godmother, not that he's called a "fairy"! He's referred to as "Fabulous Go...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Movies, Law, Wikipedia, Mythology, Ireland, Language, Cinderella, Shakespeare, Greco Roman, WaPo, Ann Althouse, Insults, Joseph Noel Paton, Carole Silvers

Data Science: The Creepiest, Most Ominous Word In Macbeth

It turns out that Macbeth uncanny flavor springs from the unusual way that Shakespeare deploys one particular word, over and over again. – OneZero
Tags: Art, Words, Shakespeare, Macbeth

Curtain calls

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s new production of The Tempest. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * None of Shakespeare’s plays is better suited to outdoor staging than “The Tempest,” whose setting is an enchanted island, and it is hard to imagine a better place to see it than under the tent of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, pitched on a wooded bluff overlooking the Hudson River. There being few finer summer theater companies in America, I...
Tags: Art, America, Quinn, Shakespeare, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Prospero, Hudson River, Nathan Roberts, Susannah Millonzi, Ryan Quinn, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, HVSF, Charles Coes, Lucrecia Briceno

How The United States Took Shakespeare To Heart

Very, very firmly, that’s how — and that goes back nearly to the beginning of the republic. Brooke Gladstone interviews Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro. (audio) – On the Media On the Media
Tags: Art, Theatre, United States, Shakespeare, James Shapiro, Brooke Gladstone

Is Changing The Name Of The Yale Drama School Worth A Big Donation?

To quote Shakespeare, “what’s in a name?” Quite a lot, it turns out, in these days of societal reckoning. – Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, 07.18.21, Yale Drama School Worth

An Introduction to Japanese Kabuki Theatre, Featuring 20th-Century Masters of the Form (1964)

The English language has adopted kabuki as an adjective, applied to situations where exaggerated appearances and performances are everything. Business, politics, media: name any realm of modernity, and the myriad ways in which its affairs can turn kabuki will spring to mind. A highly stylized form of dance-drama originating in the seventeenth century, it continues to stand today as a pillar of classical Japanese culture — and indeed, according to UNESCO, one piece of the Intangible...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Film, College, Theatre, Dance, Unesco, Shakespeare, Seoul, Bard, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Colin Marshall, Ichikawa, 21st Century Los Angeles, Facebook An Introduction

Lear among the spruces

In today’s Wall Street Journal, I review Shakespeare & Company’s new outdoor production of King Lear, with Christopher Lloyd in the title role. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * With live theater productions opening throughout America, I gave much thought to how I would break the 16-month fast from public performance that began for me after I saw Katori Hall’s “The Hot Wing King” off Broadway in March 2021, mere days before the Covid-19 lockdown. I wanted to review a show as special as the occa...
Tags: Art, America, Broadway, Shakespeare, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Lloyd, Lear, Shakespeare Company, Christopher Lloyd, Katori Hall, Nicole Ricciardi, The Hot Wing King

Michelangelo’s middlebrow moment

In today’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I write about how Irving Stone—and Charlton Heston—introduced Michelangelo to a generation of American readers and filmgoers. Here’s an excerpt. *  *  * Like Shakespeare and Beethoven, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) is one of those giants of Western culture who is known by only one name—and not just to highbrows but pretty much everybody. Even those whose awareness of the visual arts is restricted to the Mona Lisa and “The Last Sup...
Tags: Art, David, Vatican, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Wall Street Journal, Ajblogs, Rex Harrison, Michelangelo, Charlton Heston, Sistine Chapel, Irving Stone, Carol Reed, Beethoven Michelangelo Buonarroti

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Bumpy Return To Work

Not only are audience members (at a quarter of pre-COVID capacity) required to stay six feet from each other, so are all the actors and crew. That’s presenting quite a traffic management puzzle for director Sean Homes as he restages his 2019 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Elizabethan theatre’s reopening. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Globe, 05.27.21, Sean Homes

Associate Artistic Producer, Milwaukee Rep

Milwaukee Repertory Theater, a LORT theater located in the heart of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area, is currently seeking applicants for the position of Associate Artistic Producer. Our mission is to ignite positive changes in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of our community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity. It is important that our hiring practices...
Tags: Art, Jobs, Milwaukee, Broadway, Wisconsin, Shakespeare, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Rep, LORT, About Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Patty Jay Baker Theater Complex, Laura Braza

Performing Outdoors Part 1: Technical Considerations

Performing outdoors can be a lot of fun — Shakespeare in the park, anyone? But as with any theatrical undertaking, there are some things to consider before getting started with rehearsals. The following exercise gives students the opportunity to act as “location scouts” and discover the technical pros and cons of doing theatre outside in […]
Tags: Theatre, Shakespeare

Zabar’s Painting by Borbay

I may live in Idaho, but New York City still courses through my veins. So, you can imagine my immense pleasure when I was commissioned to paint Zabar’s — an Upper West Side icon. I can still taste the coffee and black-and-white’s in my mind (and thanks to Goldbelly, literally)… Having spent thirteen years in …
Tags: Coffee, Art, Photography, Windows, New York City, Painting, Idaho, Commission, Broadway, Manhattan, Shakespeare, Upper West Side, Tudor, Contemporary Art, Painting Process, Borbay

Shakespeare’s Birthday Just Went By, And He Barely Seems Older At All

Charles McNulty on the Bard in 2021: “Shakespeare’s characters keep drawing us back because we want to understand them more fully. They leave us with an impression of unfinished business. Just as no one in our lives can be fully known, so the figures in his plays reveal only so much about what they think, feel and believe.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Bard, Charles McNulty, 04.22.21

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

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