Tag Archives: Sam Mendes

Shakespeare’s vision of apocalypse: King Lear at the National Theatre

As I write this on the afternoon of 6 June the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy are taking place. President Hollande, speaking into a microphone, has been talking about peace in Europe, in front … Continue reading

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Ralph Fiennes as Coriolanus: noble warrior or boy of tears?

The new film version of Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes has been  awaited impatiently for months. We’ve been tantalised by stills, by trailers and interviews with the stars, and now it’s finally on release.  It’s Fiennes’ first attempt at … Continue reading

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Looking forward to the World Shakespeare Festival #WSF2012

 2012 has been welcomed in with the biggest celebrations ever, especially the brilliant fireworks in London. The Olympic Games don’t open until July, but the World Shakespeare Festival begins in April and continues until September. The original Greek Olympic Games … Continue reading

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Kevin Spacey as Richard III, the “cunning, conniving, charismatic king”

One of this summer’s hottest theatre tickets will be Kevin Spacey’s performance as Shakespeare’s most famous villain Richard III, currently previewing at the Old Vic in London.  In a Radio interview with Spacey and his director, Sam Mendes it’s clear … Continue reading

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