Monday, April 03, 2006

Bawdy with the bard:
How Shakespeare Took over My Life
by Dominic Dromgoole

Dominic Dromgoole is the new artistic director of the Globe Theatre, and here he shows us how he reached this dignity and height of fortune with Shakespeare accompanying him every step of the way. As a boy he read the sonnets to his 104-year-old grandfather on his deathbed; his first fumbling adolescent kisses were moonlit by Romeo and Juliet; and at 40 he walked with a friend from Stratford-upon-Avon to London in one arduous week of passionate pilgrimage. Notwithstanding the fact that Dromgoole rather hurtfully dismisses your humble theatre reviewers as �shitty vultures who cluster at first nights swapping gleeful notes�, I have to admit, manfully swallowing back my very real hurt, that his book is an absolute delight. "

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