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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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Ten Reasons to get excited about The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe | Blogging Shakespeare

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shakespeare's birthday drink

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!

Shakespeare’s England’s Sonnet for the Bard’s Day

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Love to see such evidence of how well younger kids can take to Shakespeare – get them while they are still sponges, before the fear has set in, and they are able to not only cope, but truly enjoy and set themselves up for life!

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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.  We chose the Lady Macduff murder scene…what 10 year old doesn’t love to die a dramatic death?

We started our exploration of the text by reading through the scene.  I was amazed at how quickly she picked up the language.  There were only a few words that she needed help defining, and after the second reading, she fully understood the action of the scene.  This is when the fun began…we got the scene up on its feet.  With every reading, she became more and more animated and died…

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NOT by William Shakespeare

I have created a Discover Fine Acting Pinterest board called NOT by William Shakespeare for those pesky, misattributed sayings so popular on the site.

Check out what people think could be the bard – sometimes you just have to wonder !?!?!?!?!?!!

NOT by William Shakespeare!

On the board you will find links for checking if something really is by Shakespeare and for finding many of the true authors of the misattributed sayings.

What have you come across that is supposed to be by Shakespeare and isn’t? There’s an awful lot on Twitter too…

Comment below!

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three kings

Today is Three Kings Day, the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

Here is an article about Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, with mention of traditional festivities, and here you can find info on today’s celebrations…

TRADITIONS: The tradition of Three Kings Day

So, while it is time to take down decorations (if you haven’t yet), there are still celebrations to be had…

Enjoy!

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