Archive for February, 2011

Hamlet in the presence of his father's ghost - John GilbertEarlier – in comments – Keith D mentioned a wish “to see a ‘Making Friends With Shakespeare’s Magic(k)’ or similar mystical-themed piece”. So far I have not been able to work on this (too busy with, among other things, the creation of a theatrical Victorian séance!), but to prove I have not forgotten, here’s a little something I came across:


There is a lot more out there, of course, especially looking at individual plays, and I do plan on looking more indepth at this subject, but this particular article is a little different.

In fact, it does not even mention The Tempest or the Scottish Play:

This supernatural soliciting
Cannot be ill, cannot be good: if ill,
Why hath it given me earnest of success,
Commencing in a truth? I am thane of Cawdor:
If good, why do I yield to that suggestion
Whose horrid image doth unfix my hair
And make my seated heart knock at my ribs,
Against the use of nature? Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings:
My thought, whose murder yet is but fantastical,
Shakes so my single state of man that function
Is smother’d in surmise, and nothing is
But what is not.

Macbeth on hearing and wishing to believe the witches’ predictions (Macbeth – Act 1; Sc. 3) – how quickly he thinks of committing murder, rather than some other cause for his succession!

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There is now a lot of information available from the Ask Shakespeare event on Twitter (2nd Feb. 2011), where international experts (scholars and performers) answered Shakespeare-related questions.

For now, you can find this here:


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Be grand to read more comments on this – come on, join in! 😀

Is It Harder To Act Shakespeare? Folger Theatre presented the first of its four matinee performances of The Comedy of Errors for students today.  As we have in the past, students were invited to participate in a talk-back with the actors following the performance.  One of the students asked the cast whether or not it was har … Read More


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Have been looking forward massively to this Ask Shakespeare day, and now have been ill and unable to participate properly.

Ah well – tweets can be seen to your right.

This is an event currently ongoing at Twitter, 2nd Feb. only – read more here:


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