I have begun a quest to find all of the active tumblr blogs that primarily post Shakespeare related content. Here are those that I have found thus far. Make sure to follow them all because they post some great stuff!
I have taught The Spanish Tragedy before and often compare Shakespeare’s early plays (especially Titus Andronicus) with it. Will definitely have to read the other two now: Mucedorus and Arden of Faversham.
…celebrating the opening of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, which will include a two-hour documentary looking at Jacobean theatre, and BBC4 broadcasting the playhouse’s opening production, The Duchess of Malfi, starring Gemma Arterton…
…Meanwhile, the BBC has also announced the Shakespeare Project for 2016, which will include further filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays from the team behind The Hollow Crown for BBC2.
To Celebrate Shakespeare Week there’s a 70% discount on The Sonnets App.
The Sonnets presents William Shakespeare’s immortal collection of love poems in an interactive digital edition that allows you to explore, appreciate and understand this great work of literature as never before. All 154 sonnets are performed to camera by a star-studded cast including Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, X-Men, Royal Shakespeare Company), David Tennant (Dr Who, Hamlet), Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City), Fiona Shaw (The Waste Land, Harry Potter), Stephen Fry (The Hobbit) and Dominic West (The Wire). These performances – all specially filmed for the app – are synchronised to the text, which highlights line by line as each sonnet is spoken.
A little bit late for the Ides of March, but it looks as though there is a film adaptation of Julius Caesar in the works. The cast looks great. A bit of extra trivia, Indira Varma (Calpurnia) is also playing Tamora in the Globe’s 2014 production of Titus Andronicus.
Another amazing sounding Kickstarter campaign, this time raise funds to help make an independent feature film of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth starring Sean Bean, Rupert Grint and Charles Dance. The teaser trailer for this potential production can be found here.
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.