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‘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

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

The Royal Shakespeare Company At 60

“In 1960 Peter Hall created a theatrical revolution. He turned a summer Shakespeare festival in Stratford-on-Avon into a year-round enterprise based on a permanent ensemble, a second home in London and a mix of classical and contemporary work. But it wasn’t until 20 March 1961 that the whole enterprise was given the name we know today. … Sixty years on, even as we celebrate the RSC’s survival, new questions arise. What is it really for? How does it adapt to a changing world? Do we still believe...
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Avon, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford, Peter Hall, 03.19.21

Stratford Festival Will Open This Summer, But With A Short Season Held In Tents

In a regular year, it’s North America’s largest summer theatre festival, but with the pandemic only barely starting to subside, Stratford is planning to present just a dozen or so performances, each featuring no more than eight cast members and running about 90 minutes, on two stages under large canopies outside their theatres in central Ontario. – Global News (Canada)
Tags: Art, Theatre, North America, Stratford, 03.01.21, Ontario Global News

Director, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Are you an influencer and collaborator? Thought leader? Have experience with equity, diversity and inclusion work? We are looking for candidates who are excited about organizational culture change and can be a leader in this effort for North America’s largest theatre company – the Stratford Festival. DIRECTOR, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Are you an influencer and collaborator? Thought leader? Have experience with equity, diversity and inclusion work? We are looking for candidates who a...
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Royal Shakespeare Co. Cancels All Scheduled Performances For 2020 (“Scheduled” Is The Key Word)

Due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic and social distancing rules, the company is postponing everything through the end of the year that had been announced for its Stratford-upon-Avon headquarters and its annual residency at the Barbican in London as well as its West End production of Matilda the Musical. However, the RSC is “actively exploring” a potential reopening of its main Stratford theatre in the fall, safety measures permitting, with productions that were canceled this spring or new p...
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Avon, Stratford, Royal Shakespeare Co, 06.02.20

Shakespeare in lockdown: did he write King Lear in plague quarantine?

Pestilence was rife in the Bard’s time, closing theatres and ravaging life. Did he write his bleak, desperate drama while self-isolating? We sift the evidence While those of us stuck in self-isolation or working from home watch TikTok videos and refresh liveblogs, a meme has been going around that claims Shakespeare made use of being quarantined during the plague to write King Lear. The Bard supposedly took advantage of the Globe’s lengthy closure to get on top of his writing in-tray – coming up...
Tags: Theatre, Society, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, John, Avon, Shakespeare, Social history, Cleopatra, Macbeth, Stratford, Bard, Antony, King Lear, Bubonic plague

General Manager – Theatre for a New Audience

THEATRE FOR A NEW AUDIENCE (TFANA) in Brooklyn, NY invites qualified candidates to submit applications to become its next General Manager. The General Manager is a trusted confidant and peer, a top executive who oversees all producing duties within TFANA’s season of plays and humanities activities at TFANA’s permanent home, Polonsky Shakespeare Center (PSC), in the Brooklyn Cultural District. OPPORTUNITY Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) seeks a savvy and experienced theatre profes...
Tags: Art, Usa, New York, London, Jobs, New York City, Brooklyn, United States, Broadway, Gm, Manhattan, Houston, Lincoln Center, Shakespeare, Jonathan West, Stratford

Trivial Pursuit: The Shakespeare Edition Has Just Been Released: Answer 600 Questions Based on the Life & Works of William Shakespeare

"The standard thing to say is that each age makes a Shakespeare in its own image," wrote The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik on the the Bard's 440th birthday. But over the centuries, the biographical and critical portrayal of the playwright of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and King Lear has remained remarkably consistent: "He was a genius at comedy, a free-flowing natural who would do anything for a joke or a pun, and whom life and ability bent toward tragedy." He evolved "a matchless all-sidedne...
Tags: Google, College, Theatre, History, Literature, Harry Potter, Elvis Presley, William Shakespeare, Vanessa Redgrave, Avon, Shakespeare, Patrick Stewart, New York Public Library, Seoul, Keanu Reeves, Stratford

Researcher Claims To Have Discovered Shakespeare’s Home In London

“The place where Shakespeare lived in London gives us a more profound understanding of the inspirations for his work and life. Within a few years of migrating to London from Stratford, he was living in one of the wealthiest parishes in the city, alongside powerful public figures, wealthy international merchants, society doctors and expert musicians.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Shakespeare, Stratford, 04.15.19

Two Young Suspects Charged With Burning Down Shakespeare Theater In Stratford, Ct.

“Two teenagers were charged Monday with setting the January fire that destroyed the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn., a 1,500-seat venue … [that] was ultimately reduced to a smoldering mound of mangled steel.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Stratford, Stratford Conn, Shakespeare Theater, 04.08.19

Canada’s Stratford Festival On A Roll, Extends Its Star Director’s Contract

Under Antoni Cimolino’s tenure as artistic director, the Ontario institution has seen six consecutive surpluses and attendance surpass the 500,000 mark. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Theatre, Canada, Ontario, Stratford, 03.30.19, Antoni Cimolino

Setting ‘Taming Of The Shrew’ In A Matriarchal Society

Now there‘s a way to deal with the play’s violence-against-women problem, and two current productions are trying it: one at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff and the other at the RSC in Stratford. Reporter Natasha Tripney talks with the directors and actors involved. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Theatre, Cardiff, Stratford, RSC, SJ, Natasha Tripney, 02.25.19

Those Who Disagree Are ‘Fearmongering’: Mark Rylance Flogs His Shakespeare-Wasn’t-Shakespeare Theory Again

In his foreword to an upcoming book by a Baconian, the award-winning actor and former artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe writes, “I continue to be regularly and passionately attacked … for my doubt about the attribution of the works of Shakespeare to the uneducated man from Stratford-on-Avon. … Time will celebrate those who were not daunted by the fearmongering of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.” — The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Theatre, Shakespeare, Stratford, Shakespeare s Globe, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, 01.19.19

Stratford CT’s American Shakesepeare Theatre Burns To The Ground

The mayor called the structure an “iconic and historic theater that holds a special place in the hearts of Stratford residents.” The fire was just devastating, she said. – Hartford Courant
Tags: Art, Theatre, Stratford, 01.13.19, Stratford CT

Actor Douglas Rain, 90, Mainstay Of Stratford Festival, Voiced HAL In ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’

Even Keir Dullea maintained that Rain-as-HAL was the most compelling character in Stanley Kubrick’s film. Yet few people south of the border knew that Douglas Rain was also one of Canada’s greatest classical actors.
Tags: Art, People, Canada, Stanley Kubrick, Stratford, Hal, Keir Dullea, Douglas Rain

V&A East Announces Initial Plans

V&A East, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s future venue on the former Olympic site in Stratford has unveiled its initial plans. It will combine exhibition and research space. Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Victoria, Art News, Minipost, Stratford, Albert Museum

The Ways We Imagine Will Shakespeare’s Wife

And imagining her is what we do: we have next to no reliable evidence about Anne Hathaway. Over the last couple of centuries, she’s been cast as either the devoted wife-and-mother who kept the proverbial home fires burning in Stratford or the woman who got Will to knock her up and then drove him away to London. With the new century, though, new ways of picturing Hathaway have been popping up.
Tags: Art, London, People, Anne Hathaway, Stratford, Hathaway, 08.16.18

Can North America’s Shakespeare Theatres Expand Their Audiences Without Losing Their Reason For Existing?

Peter Marks: “One can sense, in visiting … companies and talking to leaders of classical theaters across North America, a revolution in how to package Shakespeare is not only gradually gaining momentum but is also being viewed as essential. At Stratford, for instance, an ethos prevails of theater as not simply a passive entertainment. More and more, it’s a conveyance for other social and intellectual activities on the sprawling festival campus.”
Tags: Art, Theatre, North America, Shakespeare, Audience, Stratford, Peter Marks, 08.23.18

Sarah Bernhardt Becomes the First Woman to Play Hamlet (1899)

At one time, the name Sarah Bernhardt was synonymous with melodramatic self-presentation. In her heyday, the actress created a category all her own—impossible to judge by the usual standards of the dramatic arts. Or as Mark Twain put it, “there are five kinds of actresses: bad actresses, fair actresses, good actresses, great actresses—and then there is Sarah Bernhardt.” Admired and beloved by Victor Hugo and playwright Edmond Rostand, who called her “the queen of the pose and the princes...
Tags: Google, Gender, England, London, College, Theatre, Washington Dc, Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Robins, Sarah, Stratford, Facebook Twitter, Hugo, Josh Jones

Another Reason The Whole Shakespeare-Couldn't-Have-Written-Shakespeare Argument Is Ridiculous

Most of the Will-Shakespeare-of-Stratford skeptics, such as Mark Rylance, seem convinced that no one from a 16th-century small-city artisan-marchant background could possibly have written such artful and erudite drama. That's ridiculous because, points out Oxford historian Jonathan Healey, "many, perhaps most, of the greatest minds of the age were people of 'middling' origins."
Tags: Art, Theatre, Oxford, Mark Rylance, Stratford, Will Shakespeare, 04.27.18, Jonathan Healey

Artistic Director - Stratford Summer Music, Ontario, Canada

Stratford Summer Music invites applications for the position of Artistic Director to succeed its Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, John A. Miller, who will retire in the autumn of 2018 after next summer’s eighteenth season.
Tags: Art, Jobs, Stratford, John A Miller, Stratford Summer Music Ontario Canada

Black Shakespeare champion working to change views on 'colour-blind' casting

As Debra Ann Byrd starts a residency at Stratford-upon-Avon, she remembers how anger at racism drove her to found the Harlem Shakespeare Festival The head of a US mixed-race theatre company will never forget the racism she encountered when, as a graduating drama student, she was cast as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. “I was a black woman playing a traditional white role and the rest of the cast were white,” she said. “When the audience came to see the show, some folks were sh...
Tags: Theatre, US, World news, Culture, Race issues, Stage, William Shakespeare, Black History Month, Stratford, Lady Bracknell, Adrian Lester, Kwame Kwei Armah, Debra Ann Byrd

Theatre company boss: 'There is no such thing as colour-blind casting'

As Debra Ann Byrd begins residency at Stratford-upon-Avon she says ‘colour-blindness’ only possible with closed eyesThe head of a US mixed-race theatre company will never forget the racism she encountered when, as a graduating drama student, she was cast as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. “I was a black woman playing a traditional white role and the rest of the cast were white,” she said. “When the audience came to see the show, some folks were shocked.” Related: Kwame Kwei...
Tags: Theatre, US, World news, Culture, Race issues, Stage, William Shakespeare, Avon, Black History Month, Stratford, Lady Bracknell, Adrian Lester, Kwame Kwei Armah, Ann Byrd

Theater News: Stratford Festival Extends its 2017 Productions

Guys and Dolls is among the offerings with additional performances.
Tags: Theatre, Stratford

Theater News: Stratford Festival 2018 Season to Include Martha Henry in The Tempest

The lineup, including four Shakespeare productions and two new plays, will explore the theme of free will.
Tags: Theatre, Stratford, Martha Henry

VIDEO: Watch An Exclusive Trailer For The Royal Shakespeare Company's ANTONY & CLEOPATRA!

The Royal Shakespeare Company'sRome MMXVIISeason of four Shakespeare plays continues in select movie theaters across North America, directly from Shakespeare's hometown, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The productions are filmed for Live from Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company around the world through a continued partnership withTrafalgar Releasing formerlyPicturehouse Entertainment. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, North America, Shakespeare, Stratford, BWW News Desk, Avon England

BWW TV: Watch a Scene from RSC's JULIUS CAESAR, Screening Across North America as Part of 'Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon' Series

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Rome MMXVII Season of four Shakespeare plays will play in select movie houses across North America, directly from Shakespeare's home town, Stratford-upon-Avon, England. The productions are filmed for 'Live from Stratford-upon-Avon,' the RSC program that screens the world's greatest classical theatre company around the world through a continued partnership with Trafalgar Releasing formerly Picturehouse Entertainment. Scroll down for a sneak peek at a full scene fro...
Tags: Theatre, Rome, Royal Shakespeare Company, North America, Shakespeare, Stratford, Julius Caesar, Picturehouse, BroadwayWorld TV, Avon England

Exclusive Video: Get A First Look At Stratford's GUYS AND DOLLS

BroadwayWorld has an exclusive first look at The Stratford Festival's production of GUYS AND DOLLS directed by Donna Feore. Check out the extended 'Crapshooters' dance sequence below, featuring a 19 piece orchestra playing the 1992Broadway revival orchestrations for the first time ever since that production. [Author: Alan Henry]
Tags: Theatre, Stratford, Alan Henry, BroadwayWorld, Donna Feore Check

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

The Bard turns 453, and Stratford-upon-Avon is not missing out on a parade for the man.
Tags: Art, People, William Shakespeare, Stratford, 04.22.17

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