Only just heard about this today. Apologies to US followers but it appears screenings in the US have passed. For those of you in Europe and Australia, screenings are coming soon. I hope this means more Broadway shows will be broadcast in cinemas around the world:
"Prejudice. Anger. Betrayal. And the chance that true love could actually conquer all. It could only be the greatest love story of all time…Filmed live on Broadway and starring the British actor Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad, this dazzling new production of Romeo and Juliet is a modern take on one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. Staged on Broadway for the first time in 36 years, director David Leveaux brings a dynamic energy and contemporary setting to his interpretation of this eternally tragic tale of star-crossed lovers.”
Board game lovers, this an awesome Kickstarter campaign you should get behind. The guys at Kill Shakespeare are raising fund for their new board game. Kill Shakespeare the game is a semi-cooperative board game where you pick one of Shakespeare’s greatest heroes and battle his villains. I’ve pledged and can’t wait to get my copy delivered in May!
Perth International Arts Festival: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It)
Just saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It) (dir. Dmitry Krymov). It was absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed it so much. It’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream - deconstructed - magical - hilarious - carnivalesque - moving - beautiful.
Hi there - I saw your request for representations of Richard III in graphic novels. :-) You might have seen this already, but when I was in high school I was given a manga version of Shakespeare's Richard III. It draws Richard in a very traditional style for his character - a shadowy, hunched, creepy figure. If you Google it you can see some sample images on the manga website (image no. 4 especially is a good representation of how he's drawn throughout). Hope this helps!
I’m currently doing research for a paper on how Richard III (both Shakespeare’s Richard and historical Richard) is embodied in graphic novels/comics. I’m particularly interested in how his disability is represented. If anyone has any great examples they’d like to share, please let me know.
An in-depth and interesting analysis of the trailer for the new Cymbeline film adaptation by Michael Almereyda, due to be released at some point this year. Nice to see there’s at least one other person out there who is excited about this film.
Thanks to amarguerite for messaging me with the following notice. The Folger Shakespeare Library is holding a conference on Shakespeare’s biography (Stephen Greenblatt is one of the speakers). Registration is open to the public, and there is NEH funding available for applicants affiliated with US institutions.