Wednesday, September 26, 2007

In high school, when Miss Grundy rubbed your adolescent nose in Shakespeare, she was perhaps unaware that the Bard of Avon had ye pottye mouthe.

With more than four centuries of language shifts and Shakespeare's unmatched genius for puns and double-entendre, most readers today, unlike those of his time, skim past it.

But help has arrived in a book, "Filthy Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Most Outrageous Sexual Puns" by Oxford PhD Pauline Kiernan.

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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London: Return of the Bard

Virtual Vacation's mission is to explore the most beautiful places in the world and bring you the most beautiful travel pics on the Internet. Eric has posted some lovely pictures of the London Globe with a few tidbits of information about it.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Boom for Bard Jobs?

Boom for Bard Jobs?

Casting at Shakespeare fests doth steer up and down.
By Brad Weismann DENVER

Is the Bard in a boom? In certain respects, the answer seems to be yes. Nearly 100 organizations are listed as members of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (, and many others specialize in classical theatre. As for whether this translates into more work for actors, the proliferation of companies makes it difficult to track job growth, even for Actors' Equity Association.

Royal Shakespeare Company - Chris Abele - Theater - New York Times

Royal Shakespeare Company Gets $5 Million From U.S. Donor

Friday, September 21, 2007

Ben Kingsley has secured the rights to turn a novel about William Shakespeare into a movie and stage production. The actor will co-produce and star as the writer in the film version of Will, based on the upcoming historical book by Christopher Rush about Shakespeare's meeting with his lawyer on his deathbed.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Ian McKellen Sells Out (in ‘King Lear’) - Newsweek Entertainment -

$2,295 a ticket? Now, That’s High Tragedy

Ian McKellen is a great—and famous—actor. ‘King Lear’ is great Shakespeare. Together they’re the hottest ticket in the country.

Friday, September 07, 2007

The New York Public Library will present A Rose by Any Other Name, a series of free seminars, discussions, performances, and screenings inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at the Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza).

The series will kick off at 6pm on Thursday, September 20 when librettist Arthur Laurents discusses the 50th anniversary of West Side Story. On Thursday, October 11 at 6pm, there will be a screening of Jerome Robbins' ballet, West Side Story Suite, with commentary by author Amanda Valli.

Among the many highlights of the series are discussions with playwright John Guare (October 4), choreographer Lar Lubovitch (November 3), theater critic John Simon (November 19), playwright Paula Vogel (November 26), and choreographer Peter Martins (December 6); a reading of the play Herbie: Poet of the Wild West, based on Hamlet (November 5); a panel discussion featuring designers Jane Greenwood, Natasha Katz, Ming Cho Lee, and Michael Yeargan (November 8); a reading of the re-written final act of Cymbeline, read by actors from Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of the play (December 10); and jazz pianist Dick Hyman's setting of Shakespeare's songs (December 12).

For more information, call 212-642-0142 or visit The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Sunday, September 02, 2007

New York Times:

By imagining King Lear’s age as “four score and upward,” Shakespeare gave an end-of-career ring to a taxing role that he could hardly have written for octogenarian actors. After all, Richard Burbage, the star of Shakespeare’s company, the King’s Men, was only 39 when he created the part in 1606. And centuries later, in the 1960s, Paul Scofield was a memorable Lear at just 40.

Yet what makes many regard “King Lear” as Shakespeare’s greatest mature tragedy is its unforgiving portrayal of an old man raging against the gods as his power, sanity and life gradually expire. And since actors too suffer the agues of aging, it is always touching to watch a master of the stage take on the role in the autumn of his career.

Now, at 68, it is Ian McKellen’s turn to do so. This week, he brings his Lear to the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theater in an acclaimed — and, alas, sold out — new production directed by Trevor Nunn, his old Cambridge University friend."