Monday, February 19, 2007

10 Questions for Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance spent ten years as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, during which time he oversaw the launch of the South Bank replica of the Elizabethan playhouse and its rise to become one of London’s most recognised landmarks. "
We interviewed Mark for Shakespeare Magazine just as he took over the Globe. Now he answers some questions as he leaves.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Asians In Media magazine | Theatre: Indian version of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream returns

Indian version of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream returns

Following a sensational sell-out run at the Royal Shakespeare Company last year, Dash arts' Indian Dream, directed by Tim Supple, comes to the Roundhouse for a six week run; prior to a major UK and international tour"

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Remixing Shakespeare's Sonnets Online announces the release of the "Shakespeare Sonnet Shake-up," an interactive web application that invites users to remix Shakespeare’s sonnets to create entirely new poems.

The program lets users explore the structure of the sonnet form and rhyme Shakespeare’s lines in new and inventive ways."Students learn faster in a hands-on environment," said Jim Yagmin, co-founder of

"The Sonnet Shake-up is a great tool for learning about the sonnet form, and it’s also great fun."Teaching Shakespeare has always been a challenge, and some teachers have begun using tools like the Sonnet Shake-up to bring excitement to the classroom.

"Moving around lines and creating a logical flow of ideas just as Shakespeare did 400 years ago—this tool lets my students experience Shakespeare, rather than study at him from afar," said Wendy Carpenter, a high school English teacher. Carpenter created an entire class assignment around the application.

"Students want to be engaged. Writing a sonnet from scratch is a dreadful assignment for them, but remixing Shakespeare online, that gets them excited.

"The Shakespeare Sonnet Shake-up is online at:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Skeletons Locked in Eternal Embrace: Could they be Romeo & Juliet?

It could be humanity's oldest story of doomed love. Archaeologists have unearthed two skeletons from the Neolithic period locked in an eternal embrace and buried outside Mantua, Italy, just 25 miles south of Verona, the city where Shakespeare set the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet.

After being found at the site where a factory is planned, people worldwide have speculated on the circumstances surrounding the couple's deaths. They are thought to have died young because they both had all their teeth intact. But beyond that, the skeletons are a mystery. Archaeologists announced Monday that they will move the entire block of earth the skeletons are resting in for further study and eventual display in a museum."

Stars & Stripes: All the base is a stage for Shakespeare at Misawa

All the Air Force Base is a Stage for Shakespeare at Misawa Japan

By Jennifer H. Svan, Stars and Stripes Pacific edition, Tuesday, February 13, 2007

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — With less than a week before the curtain opens on the Misawa Theater Guild’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” Natalie Bilger has a lot of stitches to sew."

Not only is Bilger, 25, directing the Shakespeare play, she’s also the show’s seamstress, in charge of designing and sewing more than 20 Renaissance-era costumes.

Senior Airman Nathaniel Parry stars as Romeo, while Victoria Benson, a student at Edgren High School, plays Juliet.

Juliet’s costume, a green and yellow floor-length gown with a matching bodice, is almost finished, taking Bilger about a day and a half to complete. Bilger, a stay-at-home mom and wife of Staff Sgt. Joseph Bilger, said she’s a stickler for details, basing her costumes off of Renaissance patterns she orders from the Internet and altering them to fit the period.

Bilger said she learned to sew at 16 when she “accidentally” was put into a clothing design class in high school. She’s not sure seamstresses are a dying breed, she said, but a lot of people tell her, “I wish I knew how to sew.”

Monday, February 12, 2007

Shakespeare's Globe Announces Its 2007 Theatre Season

The three Shakespeare plays this season are all explorations of the promise and problems of his own moment, the late Renaissance. Othello and The Merchant of Venice are largely set in Venice – a city where East met West and where wealth and romance concealed commercialism and prejudice. Love’s Labour's Lost, is set in Navarre, where all the exuberance of young people in love with the world, each other, and the language they use to celebrate life, pours out unimpeded.

The three new plays celebrate tipping-points in history. They are reviving their great hit of last summer, Howard Brenton’s In Extremis, a love story about Abelard and Heloise. Jack Shepherd has written Holding Fire! for the Globe, an account of the Chartist movement, and a vivid, picturesque journey through early Victorian England. The third new play, We The People, recreates the moment in Philadelphia in 1787, when 50 men sat down over a long, hot summer, and wrote down what the United States could and should be.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Web Words Weightier than Shakespeare's in Australia

Studying the content of websites is considered more important in a senior school English curriculum than learning about Shakespeare's plays.

An expert group of English academics, teachers and professionals rated prose fiction, Australian writers and contemporary literature as the three most essential elements of an English curriculum for Year 12 students. "

Saturday, February 03, 2007

BBC NEWS | UK | Education | Teachers split over Shakespeare

British Teachers Split over Shakespeare

Teachers have steered the Shakespeare curriculum for younger pupils in England away from Othello and Henry IV Part I in favour of lighter texts.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Laugh and Cry at Shakespeare in Bristol

Audiences will be given the opportunity to laugh and cry as both comedy and tragedy arrive in Bristol. Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory will feature a professional company performing two sharply contrasting productions at its Bristol home.

One of Shakespeare's greatest plays, Othello is the story of an African general in the service of the Venetian state. His love-match with the white Venetian, Desdemona, is undone by the malevolence of his closest aide, Iago, whose cocktail of professional, sexual and racial jealousy are deployed to lethal effect in one of the most powerful tragedies ever written.

In contrast, Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of Beatrice, who is unmarried, sharply witty, and unlikely ever to fall in love, least of all to the man she likens to 'a pestilence'. Benedick is a confirmed bachelor and keen to avoid any entanglement, most of all with the woman he calls 'Lady Disdain'. But their mutual friends have other ideas...
Shakespeare Schools Festival Goes for Another Guinness World Record

In 2005 the Shakespeare Schools Festival scooped a Guinness World Record for “the most people performing Shakespeare on a single day” during their “1 Night of Shakespeare” event in association with the BBC.

This year, until February 10, 25,000 young actors will re-enact some of the greatest stories ever told, as 1,050 schools across the UK have signed up for the biggest celebration of Shakespeare in the UK.