Posted 29.05.2021: One man in his time really does play many parts, it seems, according to an Argentine newsreader who mixed up the author William Shakespeare with the first man to receive a Pfizer jab. Canal 26 presenter Noelia Novillo announced that "one of the most important writers in the English language - for me the master" had died. In fact it was his namesake, William "Bill" Shakespeare, 81, who died in a hospital in England earlier this week. Shakespeare "The Bard" died in 1616. However, that was news to Novillo who told her audience on Thursday: "We've got news that has stunned all of us given the greatness of this man. We're talking about William Shakespeare and his death. We'll let you know how and why it happened." www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/28/william-shakespeare-death-mistake-argentinian-tv .
.Posted 28.05.2021:The Times review [above] of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe.
Posted 15.05.2021: Podcast by CSR’s Honorary reader Elizabeth Goldring ‘Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist’ has just gone live as part of the 'Talking Tudors' podcast series. It's available at https://talkingtudors.podbean.com and also on iTunes, Spotify, etc. This interview is part 1 of 2: the follow-up interview will take place in a month or so and will go live at some point over the summer.
Posted 25.04.2021: The traditional Shakespeare Service was celebrated this morning in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. The service is led by Rev'd Patrick Taylor. Sonnets read by Jonathan Broadbent & Emma Fielding from the Royal Shakespeare Company. The sermon is given by Rev'd Canon Mark Oakley, Dean of St. John's College, Cambridge. The service lasts for just an hour and can be accessed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=58d8HydpvrM .
Posted 25.04.2021: Above is a short video (7+mins.) presented by the art dealer and historian Philip Mould. He introduces Love's Labours Found, an exhibition of Elizabethan and Jacobean portraits at the Philip Mould Gallery in London. During the course of his commentary he describes at least one of the portraits as "a Shakespearean way of showing a face". More information at philipmould.com/exhibitions/24-love-s-labour-s-found-elizabethan-jacobean-portraiture/ . A catalogue of the Exhibition is available at £15.00.
Posted 16.04.2021:1drv.ms/v/s!Auj7FvfEUgiGgtdTSd3IFMP10gD76Q?e=3ocTad Above is a link to a radio broadcast (BBC R4) of a conversation between Peter Brook and Glenda Jackson in which they discuss their long association. The programme was originally broadcast 15.04.2021. An intimate and personal look at Peter Brook's life's work in conversation with Glenda Jackson. Brook has been cited as 'our greatest living theatre director'. With landmark productions that changed the face of British theatre, such as the electrifying Marat Sade and the liberating, landmark acrobatic production of Midsummer Night's Dream, and since moving to Paris, internationally renowned The Mahabharata. Presented by Glenda Jackson Produced by Pauline Harris
Posted 14.04.2021: Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday weekend with The Winter's Tale We are excited to announce that The Winter's Talewill be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 25 April at 7pm. The Winter's Tale was in its final stages before opening in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic closed our theatres. We are thrilled that we are able to finally share this production with you, which has been reimagined for the screen by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman and performed and filmed on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage. Set across a 16-year span from the 1953 coronation to the moon landings, this production imagines a world where the ghosts of fascist Europe collide with horrors reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, before washing up on a joyful seashore. Following the premiere broadcast on BBC Four, The Winter's Tale will then be available on iPlayer until April 2022.
Posted 10.04.2021: Peter Kyle, chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Tim Cooke, the chief executive, said: "We are deeply saddened by the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. The Duke of Edinburgh had a keen interest in Shakespeare and was a regular visitor to Stratford-upon-Avon. He held a special place in the history of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, visiting Shakespeare’s Birthplace alongside the Queen on 14 June 1957, and returning on 23 April 1964, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, to officiate the opening of the Shakespeare Centre." www.stratford-herald.com/news/family-to-family-we-share-that-sadness-stratford-tribut-9194961/
Posted 28.01.2021: From the Sunday Times 'Culture' Magazine, January 24, 2021.
Posted 11.01.2021: New Place Garden (Above).
Posted 11.01.2021: Howard Jacobson ('My Name Is Shylock') examines the decision of Michael Morpurgo to omit The Merchant of Venice from his new edition of Tales From Shakespeare aimed at introducing children to Shakespeare.
Posted 29.12.2020: Below is the link to the Upstart Crow Lockdown Christmas Special - 1603: Shakespeare in a time of plague. Just a two-hander on this occasion (WS & Kate): Lots of fairly obvious but amusing parallels with our current situation. BBC iPlayer - Upstart Crow - Lockdown Christmas 1603 .
Posted 11.11.2020: Rugby School to sell 'rare' Shakespeare and Dickens books: A "rare" Shakespeare book being sold by Rugby School is estimated to fetch up to £50,000 at auction. William Shakespeare's Fourth Folio, from 1685, is one of about 300 books from the school's library going under the hammer. www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-54895279 .
Posted 16.10.2020 : Shakespeare First Folio fetches a record $10m at auction: The edition sold on Wednesday was the first complete copy to go under the hammer since 2001, when one fetched $6.1m (£4.9m) - the previous record : www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-54544737 .
Posted 23. 03.2020: Above review by Quentin Letts from Sunday Times Culture Magazine (22.03.2020).
Posted 23. 03.2020: Above review by Claire Allfree from the Telegraph 18.03.2020.
Posted 14.03.2020: Review of James Shapiro's Shakespeare in a Divided America: "... you could go through the entire history of colonised America and discover examples of how Shakespeare has played a prominent role in significant political and social shifts in a country he never visited and knew precious little about.You could write a very good book about it. Which is exactly what the Professor of English at Columbia University has done. James Shapiro is an academic who not only teaches Shakespeare, but has also learnt a thing or two himself from the Sweet Swan of Avon about the art of storytelling. His book, Shakespeare in a Divided America, is an unpretentious, fact-filled, lightly-written, meticulously-researched history of seven politically-defining moments that occurred in the US over the past 200 years: www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51827357 . Review by Will Gompertz.
Posted 03.10.2019: [Above] Reviews of the current RSC production of King John at the Swan, Stratford.
Posted 03.10.2019 : Michael Billington on King John at the Swan: : "... while I welcome its cynical, modern take on power politics ... I feel there are times when Aberg's hunger for innovation dwindles into idiocy." : www.theguardian.com/stage/2012/apr/20/king-john-review .
Posted 17.09.2019: A woman who overcame breast cancer has defied the predictions of medical experts by becoming the first person to swim the Channel four consecutive times.Setting off just after midnight on Sunday, Sarah Thomas, 37, swam night and day for more than 54 hours, battling exhaustion and the currents for 84 miles. The strong tide meant her journey was equivalent to swimming 130 miles. She arrived on Shakespeare Beach in Dover at 6.30 this morning with her support crew consisting of her husband, mother and three friends.
There are numerous references to Dover in King Lear and in one famous episode the disguised Edgar has led his blind father, Gloucester, and deceives him that he is at the top of a high cliff in a remarkable piece of perspectival description that creates a mental picture of the beach at a great distance below them. [See Act 4 Scene 6].