Drawing together two momentous anniversaries: the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and the centenary of the First World War, our next Globe season, entitled Arms and the Man, will include new productions of Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar directed by Dominic Dromgoole, The Comedy of Errors directed by Blanche McIntyre, and a revisiting of Lucy Bailey’s 2006 production of Titus Andronicus.
The season will also bring four new write plays: Doctor Scroggy’s War by Howard Brenton, Holy Warriors by David Eldridge, Simon Armitage’s The Last Days of Troy and Richard Bean’s Pitcairn.
Next year’s touring productions will see the start of the global tour of Hamlet, a revival of this year’s King Lear, a mid-scale reworking of Dominic Dromgoole’s 2013 A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.
As part of our international Globe to Globe programme, Deafinitely Theatre will return to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream in British Sign Language and Theatre Arpana will present All’s Well That Ends Well in Gujarati. Rakatá will stage Lope de Vega’s classic Punishment Without Revenge in Spanish.
Find out about the season in full on our website.
I saw the 2006 Titus Andronicus - it was fantastic!
Folger luminary is great- includes recordings of the plays from actors, a bit where you can see who is onstage when for fic characterizations or doubling parts and JSTOr essays. Yay to you for blogging about it! I
Awesome - thanks for replying. Was hoping that one of my followers had already checked it out and could provide a mini-review.
Designed for primary students, Starting Shakespeare is a fresh, accessible and rich learning resource for teachers and students.
Aligned to the Australian Curriculum and featuring Bell Shakespeare artists, our exciting new app explores the world and work of William Shakespeare using two of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.
In partnership with Simon & Schuster and the Folger Shakespeare Library, Luminary proudly announces the Folger Luminary Shakespeare iOS App, an interactive reading experience that enriches the Folger Shakespeare Editions with:
Full audio recordings by professional actors, expert commentaries from leading scholars and teachers, illuminating images and video, robust authoring and sharing tools.
Slightly OT but nevertheless interesting: The British Library has published some 15th century manuscripts related to Richard II from their digital collection on their medieval manuscripts blog this week.
Interrogatory No. 1: To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?
Answer: Defendant objects to Interrogatory No. 1 on the ground that it is overly broad, unduly burdensome and not reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence to the extent it seeks to answer one of life’s unanswerable metaphysical questions. Defendant further objects on the ground that Int. No. 1 is too vague and ambiguous to permit a meaningful response due to the variation in the type of slings and arrows, and the unknown skill with which outrageous fortune may wield such.
ReviewingShakespeare.com is the first website devoted to scholarly reviews of and writing about worldwide Shakespearian performance (theatre, film, TV) for a general audience. Expert reviews of global Shakespearian performance will be produced and commissioned by an extraordinary team of international Associate Editors. They’ll be gathering reviews for the site of up to 1,000 words each, and all in English.
Since I can’t figure out how to reblog my own entry about this from 2011 (I swear I used to be able to do it!), here’s The Globe’s wonderful article on the Gunpowder Plot and its connection to Macbeth.
Loved Macbeth with Kenneth Branagh and Alex Kingston. Amazing production, and all the cast were fantastic. For lack of a better explanation, it’s Macbeth as I have never seen it before. There was some truly moving, creepy, and quite frightening moments, and the set was fantastic. Thanks to NT Live for broadcasting this seminal must-see production.
Ten Oscar nominees, five Oscar winners, one dame, seven knights and two friends will change the way you feel about Shakespeare forever. This documentary follows actors Giles Terera and Dan Poole around the world as they try to conquer their fear of Shakespeare. In a clapped-out car, with spiralling debts and a single-minded determination to meet some of the world’s biggest stars, their chaotic journey takes them from Elsinore in Denmark to London’s Globe Theatre to Hollywood.
Starring Judi Dench, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Steven Berkoff, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Alan Rickman, James Earl Jones, Mark Rylance, Dominic West, and Baz Luhrmann.
Thanks to a lovely friend of mine, I’m now the proud owner of a properly old edition of Shakespeare’s complete works (well the comedies and tragedies as the histories appear to be missing - probably a multi-volume set that has been divided) - a Victorian edition to be precise. I don’t think it’s a 20th C. reprint, but it might be a late Victorian edition (1880s, 1890s). It has some great pedantic marginalia inside, including someone correcting the misspelling of Shakespeare’s name, as well as someone practising their penmanship. The book is quite battered and delicate, but I’ll try and scan some of it soon - it has beautiful engravings throughout.
"Simon & Schuster and Folger Shakespeare Library announced today that they are working with Luminary Digital Media to create an interactive app using the renowned Folger Editions, the leading Shakespeare texts used in secondary schools in the United States."
Tomorrow the National Theatre turns 50, and we screen Hamlet to celebrate. Here’s a little pre-birthday gift - a free PDF download (2MB) of the Hamlet programme, including background essays on the play and an exclusive interview with actor Rory Kinnear and director Nicholas Hytner.