Thursday, May 22, 2008

Keira Knightley to star in film of King Lear

Keira Knightley is set for a busy year.

She will play Cordelia, the youngest daughter of the King, who will be portrayed by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Gwyneth Paltrow is tipped to take the role of Regan, Lear's treacherous middle daughter. His eldest daughter, Goneril, is yet to be cast.

The $35 million film was announced at the Cannes Film Festival and will feature epic battle sequences, according to its makers.

Interlochen :: College of Creative Arts :: 2008 Theatre Workshop

Interlochen Theatre Workshop for Educators: Shakespeare in Performance

The Interlochen Theatre Workshop for Educators will address techniques for bringing Shakespeare to life in the classroom and on the stage. Discover practical strategies to make 17th century text accessible to your 21st century students through theatrical performance techniques. :: College of Creative Arts :: 2008 Theatre Workshop

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Hamlet at The Factory - Secret Shakespeare

Tim Carroll’s production of Hamlet for The Factory theatre company takes audience participation to a new level. It asks its audience members to choose the cast - who plays who - to sit on stage and even to provide the props.

The result is an energetic and enjoyable rush through the Bard’s most performed play, at some of the most unusual and beautiful venues in the capital.

What if Shakespeare wrote The Hokey Pokey?

If Shakespeare had written the "Hokey Pokey":

O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinsistral pedestal to writhe.
Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
Mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wild release from Heaven's yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the Poke -- banish now thy doubt.
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.

Friday, May 09, 2008


444 years after Shakespeare’s birth, specialist publishing company, Ashokan International Ltd is publishing a brand new magazine entitled ShakespeareScene.

The twice yearly colour magazine will be launched in mid-May and will be a well designed publication for the public and Shakespeare enthusiasts around the world. It will include news about the times of Shakespeare, interviews and articles plus a great listing of productions and festivals due to take place over the summer
Available from specialist outlets in the UK and Borders and also from its web-site
Verdi vs. Shakespeare in a ‘Macbeth’ Showdown: Call It a Draw

New York Times

There are two gripping productions of “Macbeth” in New York right now.

The darkly theatrical, cinematic staging directed by Rupert Goold and starring
Patrick Stewart opened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and is now at the Lyceum Theater on Broadway.

Then there is the
Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Verdi’s operatic adaptation of that Shakespeare drama, a breakthrough work for the young Verdi, first performed in 1847. The Met’s grim, boldly updated production by the director Adrian Noble, which opened in October, returns on Friday with a new cast, led by the baritone Carlos Álvarez, the soprano Hasmik Papian as Lady Macbeth, and, in the crucial role of Banquo, the formidable bass René Pape. James Levine conducts.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Henry VI: World-class Orgy of Gore and Humour

Charles Spencer reviews Henry VI pts 1,2, 3 by the RSC at the Roundhouse, Camden
By common consent, these early plays by Shakespeare aren't a patch on Richard II, the two parts of Henry IV and Henry V. Indeed, scholars are still divided over just how much of the Henry VI trilogy Shakespeare actually wrote.

Henry VI brings a sense of shivery mystery to the stage

But there is no feeling one is watching crude prentice work in Michael Boyd's knock-out production of this trilogy about England's bloody Wars of the Roses, a thrilling all-day orgy of gore-dripping violence, gallows humour and craven betrayal.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Were the World Mine: Shaking up Shakespeare

Were the World Mine closes the 10th Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival on a musical, fantastical note. The movie, which director Tom Gustafson expanded from his short film Fairies, takes the familiar scenarios of high school angst and adolescent crushes and gives them a wonderful musical spin, complete with elaborate sets and choreography.

Cleverly borrowing from A Midsummer's Night Dream in ways Shakespeare could have never imagined, the movie centers on Timothy (Tanner Cohen), a gay student at a private school who harbors a secret crush on rugby star Jonathon (Nathaniel David Becker).

Sunday, May 04, 2008

With ‘Cardenio’ the Shakespeare Scholar Stephen Greenblatt Brushes Up His Playwriting - New York Times

With ‘Cardenio’ the Shakespeare Scholar Stephen Greenblatt Brushes Up His Playwriting

THERE are classes on Shakespeare at Harvard University that students are happy to see dismissed early, especially when the spring weather grows as enticing as Titania’s bower, or the gossips at Lamont, the undergraduate library, have some unusually esoteric knowledge to impart.
Not when Stephen Greenblatt is teaching.

One of the country’s top Shakespeare scholars, Mr. Greenblatt, the Cogan university professor of the humanities, enjoys rock star status on campus. His lectures are legendary, and gaining admission to one of his limited-enrollment seminars is an academic brass ring.

But on a Tuesday afternoon last month he had to cut short his seminar on “Hamlet” to be on time for his maiden voyage into making theater. Professor Greenblatt, 64, has written his first play, “Cardenio,” a collaboration with Charles Mee, and was expected at the opening rehearsal.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Theater: Many faces of Macbeth |

Theater: Many Faces of Macbeth

Despite its timelessness, Shakespeare's "Macbeth" has proven difficult to precisely date. Scholars disagree, but it's presumed that the play was written between 1603 and 1606. This year, however, a slew of innovative new stagings of "the Scottish Play," each with wildly different visions of the piece – one turns the famous witches into male monsters, one depicts them as ghostly nurses, another does away with them altogether – are proving that "Macbeth" is easier to update.

Lose the language and you lose Shakespeare | Books | Guardian Unlimited

Lose the language and you lose Shakespeare