Tag Archives: Illuminations

Robert Hardy and Shakespeare

  On Thursday 3 August 2017 one of the UK’s best-loved actors, Robert Hardy, died. His family described him as “Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified” and most of his admirers would agree. I remember him best as Robert Dudley … Continue reading

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Live relays and encore showings: representing the live event

A week or so ago I attended the live relay for Vikings: life and legend, the British Museum’s current blockbuster exhibition. I expected it to consist mostly of TV historians Bettany Hughes and Michael Wood walking us round the exhibition showing … Continue reading

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Christmas shopping for Shakespeare-lovers

In case you’re still looking for Shakespeare-related Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest (or yourself), there are plenty to choose from. Top of my list is the DVD set of An Age of Kings, the fifteen-part BBC series from … Continue reading

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Shakespeare on film and TV

In the past few weeks there have been several developments relating to Shakespeare on film and TV. On 26 January 2014 a programme entitled The Stuff of Dreams begins, run by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.  Once a month there will … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s histories onscreen: An Age of Kings, The Hollow Crown and Richard II

I’ve just heard the great news that An Age of Kings, the first filmed history cycle, is finally about to be made available on DVD to the UK (Region 2). Perversely, the series has been on sale in the USA … Continue reading

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Anticipating Richard II

There are now less than two weeks to go until the RSC’s most-hyped production of the last few years, Richard II, has its first performance. With David Tennant playing the leading role, all the Stratford performances were sold out months … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Live from Stratford-upon-Avon

At last, at last, the Royal Shakespeare Company are launching “Live from Stratford-upon-Avon”, in which the sellout production of Richard II starring David Tennant is  to be screened live in cinemas around the world. The RSC have been slow getting … Continue reading

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David Tennant’s Hamlet and screening Shakespeare on TV

Tucked away on the BBC2 TV schedule at 11.20 on Tuesday evening is the last of the Shakespeare Uncovered series, David Tennant on Hamlet. Not only does it feature David Tennant, whose own Hamlet for the RSC in 2008 was … Continue reading

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Julius Caesar on stage and screen

Greg Doran’s production of Julius Caesar breaks new ground. With an all-black cast, set in an unnamed modern African city rather than imperial Rome, the film version has been shown on TV while still being performed onstage at the Royal … Continue reading

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