Tag Archives: Macbeth

Kenneth Branagh: from Henry V to Macbeth

Now for a treat: a whole hour of video of Kenneth Branagh, Alex Kingston and Rob Ashford discussing with US journalist Charlie Rose the production of Macbeth which has been playing at the Park Avenue Armoury in New York. The … Continue reading

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Remembering Buzz Goodbody at The Other Place

This week the Royal Shakespeare Company has been celebrating the opening of what is being called The Other Place at the Courtyard Theatre, a temporary re-imagining of the studio theatre which was once called “the most productive tin hut in … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and the alchemists

I’ve recently been investigating a website that allows us to get a close look at the medical world of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. The Casebooks Project “aims to make available the astrological records of Simon Forman and Richard Napier — … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and literary shrines

In the past week there have been many stories in the media about Shakespeare tourism and its history. Early in the week a carved commemorative Tea Caddy made in 1759 of mulberry wood from the tree reputed to have been … Continue reading

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Shakespeare’s crows and hateful ravens

When Shakespeare wanted to conjure up a sense of foreboding he often used the image of the birds of the crow family: crows, magpies, ravens and rooks. Lady Macbeth chillingly predicts the King’s murder: The raven himself is hoarse That … Continue reading

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Warwickshire witchcraft: Macbeth and the mystery of Meon Hill

“And over there, the hill with the flat top, that’s Meon Hill”. The guide at the top of the RSC’s tower didn’t need to say more, knowing we were locals. With our guest for the weekend we were admiring the … Continue reading

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Playing Shakespeare’s and Ibsen’s heroines: the career of Janet Achurch

After Shakespeare’s, Henrik Ibsen’s plays are the most-performed dramas ever written. They were immediately popular and were produced around the world even during his lifetime. Set in his native Norway, the plays explored what lay behind the strict moral regime … Continue reading

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Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth: an interpretation for our times?

Sir Kenneth Branagh’s “electrifying” and “immersive” production of Macbeth is the current hot Shakespeare ticket, playing for just a month in a disused church in Manchester that seats only 250 people. It’s ensured that Manchester’s International Festival has received worldwide … Continue reading

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Sir William Davenant and adapting Shakespeare, Restoration-style

In April the Painted Room in what used to be the Crown Tavern, at 3, Cornmarket, Oxford was temporarily re-opened. It’s remarkable that this room has survived, but even more astonishing is the coincidence that it is thought that Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Hallowe’en: not just Macbeth

The Elizabethan and Jacobeans had superstitions covering almost every area of life. Supernatural explanations for natural phenomena were widely accepted: the appearance of a comet in 1577 caused public alarm, and even historian John Stow believed the story that the striking … Continue reading

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