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Theorists and playwrights

Unbreakable Shakespeare and the death of reverence

September 1

The estate of the late Samuel Beckett is notoriously strict; no changes or alterations to any works allowed. The Pinter Estate is currently in wrangles with The Wooster Group over plans to perform Pinter’s early play The Room somewhere other than...

Trippingly on the tongue – exploring Shakespeare’s language

September 1

I love Shakespeare’s language - every time I read one of his plays I am astounded by its brilliance. There is his exquisite choice of, and even new-creation of, words which in the very act of speaking them lead you to begin to feel what the...

The bloke of Avon

September 1

I am writing this the day after Shakespeare died. It’s the 24th of April. Well, when I say the day after he died, of course I mean four hundred years and a day after he died. Yesterday was also his birthday. Not necessarily the best birthday...

Taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s Bottom

September 1

One of William Shakespeare’s best loved plays is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Written towards the beginning of his career as a playwright, its tangle of befuddled lovers, set against the mysterious majesty of the forest spirits, creates a rich...

Shakespeare’s hidden stage directions

September 1

Is the verse worth it? When working on a Shakespeare play with young students, an early decision that we make is whether to spend time exploring the verse or not to bother. Very often, and especially with students who don’t have English as a...

Shakespeare toolkit: The magpie approach

September 1

I am a great Shakespeare enthusiast, so much so that I read every one of his plays while studying him at university (please don’t test me on plot points now). My award for most entertaining plot definitely went to Pericles: incest, shipwreck,...

Shakespeare Incorporated

September 1

I have a long relationship with Shakespeare - we all do I suppose - but my career has danced and dallied around him, been propped up by him and enriched by him, so I do owe Shakespeare a commodity of thanks. I've been lucky too, inasmuch that along...

Shakespeare in Hong Kong – touchstones for teachers

September 1

This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and that anniversary has been marked assiduously around the world. China has a particular love of Shakespeare and his anniversary celebrations have been in full swing since the start of...