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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

Happy International Day of the Book!

If you’ve been around here a while, then you’ve probably noticed that I loves me a good random holiday. Today is no exception – happy International Day of the Book! Also known as World Book and Copyright Day, the holiday was established in 1995 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. The date was chosen because it marks the birth or death of a number of prominent writers, including Miguel de Cervantes and Wi...
Tags: Art, Books, Georgia, Unesco, William Shakespeare, Tbilisi, Way Cool Stuff, Elissa, Miguel De Cervantes, International Day of the Book

Experience: I was stabbed while playing Hamlet

The audience thought it was part of the play and gave us a round of applause. I remember thinking I was about to dieWhen I was cast in a travelling production of Hamlet in 2011, I was very nervous – Hamlet has an awful lot of lines. But I was 24 at the time, and having a leading role was a big deal.We performed the show for six weeks without a hitch in a Dublin theatre. Then it transferred to Cork. Time was tight, which meant we didn’t get to finish our technical rehearsal before opening night, ...
Tags: Theatre, Life and style, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Acting, Dublin, Hamlet, Cork Time

Bard day’s work: what I learned from eavesdropping on RSC rehearsals

The Royal Shakespeare Company is letting the public watch the usually secret processes towards performance – from clapping games to verse sessionsThe creative process normally takes place behind closed doors. But the RSC has boldly upended that idea by streaming its Open Rehearsal Project for Henry VI Part One. What this means, in practice, is that cameras are admitted for three sessions each day. At 10am we watch a half-hour company warm-up. From noon, for 90 minutes, we get to see either a cla...
Tags: Theatre, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Royal Shakespeare Company, Bard, RSC, Gregory Doran, Owen Horsley

David Lan: In the age of apartheid, theatre resisted

The theatre director and writer looks back at the spirit of protest that fuelled daring dramas staged in South Africa 50 years agoI grew up in South Africa during the bleak, violent, seemingly never-ending iron age of apartheid. In 1971, when I was studying acting at Cape Town University, the National Party government built a monolithic 1,500-seat theatre complex in a commanding position near the centre of the city. The Afrikaner Nationalists had an easy rule of thumb by which to distinguish bet...
Tags: Books, Activism, Protest, Africa, Race, Theatre, World news, Culture, South Africa, Stage, William Shakespeare, Autobiography and memoir, Chekhov, Vanya, Athol Fugard, ANC (African National Congress

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

‘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

'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...
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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

Caught in time’s current: Margaret Atwood on grief, poetry and the past four years

In an exclusive new poem and essay Margaret Atwood reflects on the passing of time and how to create lasting art in a rapidly changing worldRead Dearly by Margaret AtwoodI can say with a measure of certainty – having consulted my poor excuse for a journal – that my poem “Dearly” was written in the third week of August 2017, on a back street of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with either a pencil or a rollerball (I’d have to check that) on some piece of paper that may have been anything from an old e...
Tags: Books, Poetry, Theatre, Culture, Stage, William Shakespeare, Margaret Atwood, Tennyson, Chaucer, Margaret AtwoodI, Stratford Ontario Canada

Sir Ian McKellen to Lead Age-Blind HAMLET at Theatre Royal Windsor

Sir Ian McKellen will step into the iconic shoes of William Shakespeare's Hamlet in an upcoming age-blind production of the play at Theatre Royal Windsor, returning the actor to a role he first performed fifty years ago. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, William Shakespeare, Ian Mckellen, Theatre Royal Windsor, BWW News Desk

BWW Interview: NY Classical Theatre's Stephen Burdman Gets Ready to Present a Different Kind of KING LEAR

On Thursday, June 25 8pm EDT, NY Classical Theatre, New York City's all-free Off-Broadway Equity theatre company, will present a free virtual zoom reading of William Shakespeare's King Lear as a fundraiser for an intended full production later this year. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: New York City, Theatre, William Shakespeare, Lear, BWW News Desk, Stephen Burdman, Broadway Equity

VIDEO: Watch Patrick Page & More in MACBETH on STARS IN THE HOUSE- Live at 2pm!

Stars in the House continues today 2pm for. Plays In The House MACBETH By William Shakespeare. Starring Donna Bullock, Rachel Crowl, Sherman Howard, Ty Jones, Linda Kenyon, Patrick Page, Gary Sloan, Owen Sloan, David Yelland and Hannah Yelland with host Andre De Shields. Directed by Gary Sloan. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, House, William Shakespeare, BWW News Desk, Andre De Shields, Hannah Yelland, Patrick Page, Gary Sloan

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre is feeling the financial strain of coronavirus

Shakespeare's Globe — a reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre opened by William Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain's Men in 1599 — has issued a plea for donations in the face of its pending insolvency and closure. We hope to open the doors to our wooden O as soon as possible but in this unprecedented time for theatre, and as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations to help us to continue to strive in the future. […] We remain one of the...
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Red Bull Theater to Present CORIOLANUS Starring Patrick Page, Stephen Spinella and More

Red Bull Theater today announced the next event of its special FREE programming to provide an opportunity for its community of artists and theater lovers to gather in the virtual space during this unprecedented time of COVID-19 a special two-part celebration of William Shakespeare's Coriolanus. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, William Shakespeare, BWW News Desk, Patrick Page Stephen Spinella

Jordan Barbour to Lead Quintessence Theatre Group's Live Reading of OTHELLO

Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia's professional classic repertory theatre, is bringing the world of William Shakespeare into our homes with a reading of his classic tragedy, Othello. This reading, on Wednesday May 6 at 730 p.m., will be streamed on Facebook www.facebook.comQuintessenceTheatre and on the company's website [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Facebook, Theatre, William Shakespeare, BWW News Desk, Jordan Barbour, Quintessence Theatre Group Philadelphia

VIDEO: Playwright Lauren Gunderson Reads from 'The Book of Will' for DPS ON AIR

This week, Dramatists Play Service's social media channel, aoeDPS On Air,a features the most-produced playwright in America, Lauren Gunderson aoeSilent Skya reading from her play about William Shakespeare's legacy, aoeThe Book of Will.a [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, America, William Shakespeare, BWW News Desk, Lauren Gunderson, Dramatists Play Service

Ralph Fiennes, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Cady Huffman and More to Join Ironadale Shakespeare SONNET MARATHON

While the doors of Irondale remain closed amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, the company announced earlier this month the plan for a 7.5 hour 456 minutes virtual Sonnet Marathon to honor the 456th birthday of William Shakespeare. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, William Shakespeare, BWW News Desk, Ralph Fiennes Daphne Rubin Vega Cady Huffman, Sonnet Marathon

Jack Baldwin, Lynsey Beauchamp and More to Star in THE SHOW MUST GO ONLINE Livestream of HENRY VI Part II

The Show Must Go Online today announced the full cast for their upcoming livestreamed reading of William Shakespeare's Henry VI Part II. Rob Myles directs Jack Baldwin Duke of Suffolk, Lynsey Beauchamp Duke of Gloucester, Will Block King Henry VI, Alix Dunmore Earl of Warwick and more. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, William Shakespeare, Gloucester, Warwick, Henry VI, BWW News Desk, Jack Baldwin Lynsey Beauchamp, Rob Myles, Jack Baldwin Duke, Suffolk Lynsey Beauchamp Duke, Henry VI Alix Dunmore Earl

Shakespeare’s secret co-writer finally takes a bow … 430 years late

Thomas Watson recognised by literary scholars as the Bard’s forgotten 16th-century collaboratorHe was one of the most celebrated English playwrights of the 16th century, yet none of his plays survived, and today the name of Thomas Watson is virtually unknown. Now the writer, poet and pioneer of the English madrigal – who also saved the life of the playwright Christopher Marlowe in a street brawl – is being seen in a new light.Watson has been identified as the most likely primary author of Arden ...
Tags: Theatre, UK News, Culture, Stage, Watson, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Bard, Thomas Watson, Christopher Marlowe

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

Review Roundup: HAMLET Starring Ruth Negga at St. Anns Warehouse -What Did the Critics Think?

Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga is currently making her American theatrical debut in a passionate, critically acclaimed portrayal of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, directed by Yael Farber and featuring an ensemble of leading Irish actors. With Farber's direction, the focus moves from Hamlet's anguish and identity to the power of resistance against treachery and the raw usurpation of power. The production, which began on February 1, 2020, was extended for an additional week, and will now play thr...
Tags: Theatre, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Yael Farber, Farber, Review Roundups, Ruth Negga, St Anns Warehouse

Vintage Marquee: Al Pacino in RICHARD III At The Cort Theatre

Today we're flashing back to a vintage marquee for Al Pacino's 1979 turn in William Shakespeare's Richard III. [Author: Walter McBride]
Tags: Theatre, William Shakespeare, Richard III, Al Pacino, Walter McBride

Ten Shakespeare Monologues For Auditions

There are Shakespeare auditions, and then there are Reduced Shakespeare auditions. Perhaps surprisingly, there's not that much of a difference between them. There are currently three Shakespearean plays in the ever-expanding repertoire of the Reduced Shakespeare Company the revised edition of the show that started it all, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play abridged and Hamlet's Big Adventure...
Tags: Theatre, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Adam Long Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield William Shakespeare

Why Should We Read William Shakespeare? Four Animated Videos Make the Case

Sooner or later, we all encounter the plays of William Shakespeare: whether on the page, the stage, or—maybe most frequently these days—the screen. Over four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare is still very much relevant, not only as the most recognizable name in English literature, but also perhaps as its most famous storyteller, even if we don’t recognize his hand in modern adaptations that barely resemble their originals. But if we can turn Shakespeare’s plays into other kinds...
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Jeremy Corbyn Pledges New UK Charter For The Arts And Funding Of £1 Billion

Corbyn said: “The arts are a common inheritance that make our society culturally richer and put a smile on all our faces. We must cherish them and protect them. “Labour’s national strategy for the arts will embrace our rich cultural heritage from William Shakespeare to Ben Okri, Mary Quant to Tim Berners-Lee, delivering a national cultural renaissance.” – The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Labour, William Shakespeare, Issues, Jeremy Corbyn, Corbyn, Tim Berners Lee, 11.25.19, Ben Okri Mary Quant

Be Honest About Your Inspiration – or Else

When Woodcraft introduced its line of Wood River handplanes in 2009, the company stated that its planes were inspired by vintage Stanley planes from the early 20th century.Tool reviewers and customers, however, disputed that claim.The Wood River tools appeared to me (a professional tool reviewer at the time) to instead be close copies of modern Lie-Nielsen handplanes. Woodcraft has since modified its Wood River handplanes, but it's my opinion that the initial misstep cost them in the reputation ...
Tags: Design, Wales, Kentucky, William Shakespeare, Nielsen, Weber, Stanley, Sotheby, Wood River, John Brown, Christopher Schwarz, Lost Art Press, Don Weber, Christian Becksvoort, Becksvoort, Clive Sherwood

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...
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