Tag Archives: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare’s mulberries: trees of history and legend

Last Sunday, 4 August 2013, one of Stratford’s mulberry trees split in two. There are many ancient mulberries in the town, principally in the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s gardens, and they’re mostly propped up by metal or brick supports, making them look … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the sweet of the year

This week the UK is experiencing the warmest weather of the year. Whether it’s because last year was so disappointing, or because spring arrived so late,  summer is bringing with it an explosion of blooms with, it seems to me, … Continue reading

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Midsummer Night’s Dreaming: online experiment and real-time event

This weekend Stratford-upon-Avon has been the venue for a “daring new collaboration” between the RSC and Google’s Creative Lab to stage a real-time performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream while simultaneously creating a digital presence in which anybody could join. The … Continue reading

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Social networking with Shakespeare: Midsummer Night’s Dreaming

The rise of social networking has brought many opportunities for organisations to share their work: immediate, personal communication, instant updates, the ability to reach unconventional audiences. Organisations specialising in Shakespeare might be expected to be slow to join in, but … Continue reading

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Peter Brook: from enfant terrible to grand old man of the theatre

Nobody has been more influential in the world of the theatre in the last 70 years than Peter Brook. And at the age of 88, he’s still involved, setting out his ideas about why theatre is so important. Shakespeare has … Continue reading

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Seeking A Midsummer Night’s Dream in “the winds of March”

It’s the beginning of March and signs of spring are still few and far between after a long and dreary winter. What does the dedicated Shakespeare-lover need to cheer themselves up? A Midsummer Night’s Dream, of course! And of course … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Ovid’s Metamorphoses

In 1598 the writer Francis Meres wrote that “the witty soul of Ovid lives in mellifluous and honey-tongued Shakespeare”. And well he might: Shakespeare had already written his own version of one of Ovid’s tales, as well as borrowing stories … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s infinite variety

I’m always impressed by the number of ways in which people adapt Shakespeare. He and his works seem to have something to say to everyone. Since I began writing this blog I’ve been contacted by many people telling me what they’ve … Continue reading

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Nine Men’s Morris and the English weather

Last week I was contacted by a reader of this blog with a query about the Nine Men’s Morris in the Theatre Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon. How old, he wondered, was it? I should explain. Nine Men’s Morris is an ancient … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Shakespeare 2012

People all round the world will be celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday today, 23rd April. This year we in the UK welcome productions of Shakespeare’s plays in many languages from all parts of the world as part of the Cultural Olympiad. Even though these … Continue reading

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