A look at Peter Brook, including fascinating links to an article by him, production footage of his revolutionary A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a podcast interview with the man himself…
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There are important discussions ongoing at the moment regarding culture/the arts and state economics; here is one article that also links through to a piece by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr of the National Theatre:
The Shakespeare in Action office is currently in a state of excitement over season three of Game of Thrones (starting on March 31st)! I saw this gem today and couldn't resist posting... Then it got me thinking, if the above were Shakespeare characters - who would they be?? There have been many parallels drawn between Shakespeare's plays and George R.R. Martin's epic series - …
William Shakespeare’s baptism is recorded as 26th April, 1564 and his death as 23rd April, 1616 – so, as there is no official record of his birthday (likely to have been shortly before his baptism) that day of birth is now celebrated as 23rd April to give a beautiful symmetry to his life.
So: Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare!
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Some very fine words indeed, including …
“The actors I value most are those who speak Shakespeare as if it is their first language. They are aware of the rhetorical and rhythmic substructure of the text, but have no wish to reveal it for its own sake.“
During a particularly bad Idaho winter in 1996, my 10 year old niece visited me for the weekend. She accompanied me to a meeting of my Shakespearean troupe, Stage of Fools. Only one other brave soul dared to trek through the snow to rehearse that day, so we abandoned our show and read a scene that allowed my niece to play along.