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David Tennant in RSC’s Richard II – what do you think? You can watch, learn and add your comments on this site…

Video – RSC Richard II production with David Tennant | Players-Shakespeare.com

David Tennant as Richard II - image links to production photos: http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/richard-ii/production-photos.aspx

David Tennant as Richard II – image links to production photos

 

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Sam Wanamaker’s vision for two theatres comes to fruition – the indoor theatre has now joined the famous Globe, and opens this month with Gemma Arterton as The Duchess of Malfi (by John Webster).

Candlelit performances, companies of boys, a radio programme and various historical titbits can be found here:

BBC News – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: A Jacobean theatre on Bankside

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Very much looking forward to seeing this screened next month…

Richard II with David Tennant opens and sells out to great reviews. | Players-Shakespeare.com.

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Well, it has been a while since the last post!

This has to do with directing ‘As You Like It’ for Arkle Theatre Company, on in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Royal Scots Club, and reviewing many Shakespeare-related shows during the Fringe.

Edinburgh Spotlight – news, reviews and ‘things-to-do’s in Edinburgh

For those reviews, here’s a search for ‘Shakespeare’ on www.edinburghspotlight.com – most of those reviews will be mine, but of course all are worth a gander.

A few of the best shows:

No Holds Bard – a solo show where various tragic characters fight for possession of an actor’s body

Titus Andronicus: an all-female production – an energetic and imaginative staging well-presented by The Smooth-Faced Gentlemen

Repertory Theatre – a would-be playwright gets caught up in a Hamlet-ian world on presenting his first play to the rep theatre artistic director who was ‘as a brother’ to his late father

You can also find the entertaining ‘Shit-Faced Shakespeare’, where one actor has deliberately become drunk for the performance.

As for ‘As You Like It’, reviewers and audiences happily commented on finally ‘understanding Shakespeare’ when seeing this production – a great accolade, methinks!

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I know a family where the very young son learnt a major Hamlet speech – children definitely can soak Shakespeare up, love his work and benefit increasingly as they understand more and more the layers there to be discovered through life.

How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare | Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

Sir Derek Jacobi in Twelfth Night – who, along with Richard Clifford and Frances Barber, made special recordings of passages from the book. Photo by Geraint Lewis.

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Shakespeare comes to a cinema near you!

Shakespeare comes to a cinema near you!

Sharing my joy at all the screened Shakespeare (with some fine actors and directors) coming up, here are a few links to check out:-

And there’s a ‘digital theatre project’ to explore as well, presented by the RSC and Google+… Midsummer Night’s Dreaming.

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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…

Peter Brook: from enfant terrible to grand old man of the theatre | The Shakespeare blog

Peter Brook - The Shakespeare Blog

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