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@HollowCrownFans tweeted that “Today’s #ShakespeareSunday theme has been chosen by @Carnival_Films to mark 5 years of #TheHollowCrown! – POWER, DEFIANCE & SURVIVAL!”

I was delighted to find all three clear in this quote from the play Coriolanus, spoken by tribune Sicinius Velutus, an enemy of the general Coriolanus…

Coriolanus [III, 3] Sicinius Velutus: What you have seen him do and heard him speak, Beating your officers, cursing yourselves, Opposing laws with strokes and here defying Those whose great power must try him; even this, So criminal and in such capital kind, Deserves the extremest death.

It is clear the politicians know how to influence the people – whether it is to their own good or not you / a production can explore.

How do I know how many times certain words turn up in Shakespeare’s works?

I use opensourceshakespeare.org –  great resource!

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I created this for @HollowCrownFans‘ great #ShakespeareSunday tweets – check them out and join in! Today’s word is ‘father’ – probably for Fathers Day, so this may not be quite in the spirit of such celebrations, but hey… it is Shakespeare!

Want to know the other times ‘father’ occurs in Macbeth? Search at opensourceshakespeare.org – great resource.

Father - Macbeth - 18th June 2017, Shakespeare Sunday

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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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Did you see The Globe’s Macbeth this year? Check out the discussion over on Player’s Shakespeare… http://ow.ly/zmRRW

http://players-shakespeare.com/review-the-globe-production-of-macbeth-on-screen-july-14th/

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Interesting article by Maria Popova about a book by Dan Falk…

 

Article by Maria Popova on book by Dan Falk: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/06/02/the-science-of-shakespeare-astronomy-dan-falk/

William Shakespeare, Astronomer: How Galileo Influenced the Bard | Brain Pickings

 

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Includes mention of documentary currently available as well as thoughts on playreading and Shakespeare…

Why so many people hate Shakespeare | 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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