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Shakespeare 400 continues

Following the fabulously successful but exhausting weekend celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and his 452nd birthday, I’ve had a few days rest from the blog, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy researching and writing a book … Continue reading

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Jeremy Irons and Shakespeare

Jeremy Irons is one of our most distinctive and charismatic actors, who has distinguished himself in a whole range of films and TV series. In recent years he’s helped to bring new audiences to Shakespeare with his depiction of Henry … 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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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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Shakespeare, the BAFTAs, and screening theatre

On Sunday May 12 the award ceremony for the UK’s TV industry, the BAFTAs, is being held. Shakespeare interest is focused on The Hollow Crown, the four-part mini-series which screened during the summer of 2012. The series isn’t badly represented: Ben … Continue reading

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The Hollow Crown: popularising Shakespeare on TV

Whenever an actor best known for film or TV work is cast to perform in Shakespeare there’s always a debate about whether celebrity casting is a good or a bad thing. Should, in particular, theatres, employ celebrities in an obvious … 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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Simon Schama and The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare and history

Among the must-see television shows for Shakespeare fans this summer has been Simon Schama’s Shakespeare. Love him or hate him, he’s the UK’s highest-profile historian. His style is individual, even eccentric, one minute generalising about the broad sweep of history, … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and The Space

The Globe to Globe’s seven week Shakespeare festival has just come to an end, and for anyone who hasn’t been able to keep up with it (which must include most of us), but would like a way of catching up, … Continue reading

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