Monday, July 18, 2005

'Authentic' Shakespeare on the Globe Stage

The Globe Theatre in London is to stage an entire Shakespeare play in its original pronunciation.

Actors in Troilus and Cressida will recite their lines with accents believed to have been heard on the stage during Elizabethan times.

It follows on from brief experiments with original pronunciation during the company's run of Romeo and Juliet in June 2004. The six-week run of Troilus and Cressida begins on 24 August.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Boston's "Free Shakespeare on the Common" Hamlet with Donovan Begins July 16

Stage and screen star Jeffrey Donovan stars as the Danish prince for Boston's 'Free Shakespeare on the Common' presentation of Hamlet, starting July 16.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company artistic director Steven Maler directs the work on Boston Common slated to run through Aug. 7 at a new space in the park, Parade Grounds (by Beacon & Charles St.) because the production outgrew its previous home by the Parkman Bandstand. Last year's staging of Much Ado About Nothing starring Jonno Roberts drew more than 85,000 audience members. "

Friday, July 15, 2005

Johnny Vegas to star in new Shakespeare adaptation

BBC1 is putting four Shakespeare plays in a modern setting as part of its autumn season. Vera Drake actress Imelda Staunton, comic Johnny Vegas, Shameless star James McAvoy and Dr Who's Billie Piper are all set to star in the adaptations.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Shakespeare & Company's Taming of the Shrew

The Banquet: L-R: Jonathan Croy as Baptista Minola, Robert Biggs as Gremio, Celia Madeoy as Katherina, Rocco Sisto as Petruchio, Stephanie Dodd as Bianca, Matthew Stucky as Lucentio, Barbara Sims as the Widow, Kenajuan Bentley as Hortensio, and Dave Demke as Vincentio of Pisa.

King Lear's Chariot is a Big Black Jag

The audience hears the engine revving off stage. King Lear, an immediately modern interpretation of Bill Shakespeare's masterpiece, stars Frank Gallacher as the British king and the chariot of choice is a big, black Jaguar S-TYPE V8.

The Jaguar saloon darts from stage left and stops abruptly at centre stage. Its V8 engine returns to a quiet idle as the audience settles back in time with the dialog. The King's bodyguard chauffer does indeed drive a Jaguar, and he drives it hard.
Presented by the Melbourne Theatre Company, King Lear opened July 6.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Judi Dench joins RSC Shakespeare festival

Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen are to take part in a festival in which every play, sonnet and long poem written by Shakespeare will be staged.

The year-long festival, called The Complete Works, will be staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford- upon-Avon from April next year.

It will be the first time all of the Bard's 37 pieces have been presented at one event.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Shakespeare festival in Hawaii takes new tack
"'A Winter's Tale' is a unique choice of material to show at the Ernst Lab Theatre
By John Berger

Downsizing is not necessarily a bad thing. That's how R. Kevin Doyle sees the decision to move the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival from the spacious Paliku Theatre in Kaneohe to the 150-seat Ernst Lab Theatre at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. "

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Think About It: Shakespeare Is All in Your Mind - New York Times

LONDON - In the role of Prospero, the proprietor of the ultimate fantasy island, Mark Rylance has the whole world in his hands. Or is it in his head? In the soulful, stimulating new production of 'The Tempest' at Shakespeare's Globe Theater here, where Mr. Rylance is in his 10th and final season as artistic director, there seems to be little question that everything that happens occurs in one man's mind. Or that this Prospero, who conducts conversations with the figures on a chess board, is experiencing something like a nervous breakdown in iambic pentameter."

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Hal Harry Henry
What? One hundred years of comedy, tragedy and triumph in ninety minutes from King Richard II, King Henry IV, King Henry V, King Henry VI and Hamlet. Featuring actors Shawn Cody and Erik Lochtefeld.

July 27-30, 2005 at 8PM
July 30-31, 2005 at 2PM

Where to Purchase Tickets?Cost: $25 per person
Purchase tickets via phone: 617-933-8600 or online at
Or in person at: The Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont Street, Boston and BU Theatre, 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Boston Center for the Arts
The Stanford Calderwood Pavilion
27 Tremont Street, Boston

Presented by Shakespeare East a theater company dedicated to producing original adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare. The company, using Shakespeare’s transcendent text, cultivates individual impulse and truth telling to create highly polished pictures and pieces of action supported by movement, light, music, costume and set.