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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!

Folger SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY

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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Xmas Greetings 2012

Follow picture link for some Shakespeare ‘gifts’ and enjoy!

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