Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Bawdy face of the Bard’s London - Times Online

Bawdy face of the Bard’s London - Times Online

A long-neglected document started this writer off on his latest piece of literary detective work

The story begins with a sheet of greyish paper, housed unceremoniously with others in a cardboard box at the National Archives in Kew. Though slightly mouldered at one edge, it is in remarkably good condition after nearly four centuries. It is mostly filled with the handwriting of an unknown Jacobean law clerk, but what makes it special is the rather hurried-looking signature at the bottom: “Willm Shaks”.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Nicholas Hytner talks about Much Ado ...

Nicholas Hytner talks about Much Ado

The artistic director of the National Theatre talks to Heather Neill in detail about Much Ado About Nothing, his new revival starring Simon Russell Beale and Zoe Wanamaker, which previews at the Olivier Theatre from 10 December. More info: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk "

Winston-Salem Journal | Unkindest Cut

Unkindest Cut

To require studying Shakespeare or not to require: That is the question

Something is rotten in the state ... of North Carolina. Actually, the rottenness goes well beyond North Carolina, but the problem particular to our state is the subject of a recent report out from The John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, in Raleigh. The report discloses the appalling truth that about half the colleges and universities in North Carolina, public and private, will grant a bachelor's degree in English to a student who has never taken a course in Shakespeare. O, what men dare do! ... What men daily do, not knowing what they do!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Associated Press: School Halts `Shakespeare (Abridged)'

The Associated Press: School Halts `Shakespeare (Abridged)'
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — It was supposed to be a two-hour Shakespearean comedy show attended by 700 sixth- through 12th-graders.

But it was not to be.

About 40 minutes into a touring company's performance of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," a Higley Unified School District official halted the show Monday at a performing arts center.