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Studying Shakespeare is made overly complicated by assuming that it is too difficult to understand, Professor David Crystal says…

How Shakespeare invented ‘unfriend’ 400 years before Facebook – Telegraph.

How Shakespeare invented 'unfriend' 400 years before Facebook - Telegraph

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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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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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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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Some very fine words indeed, including …

The actors I value most are those who speak Shakespeare as if it is their first language. They are aware of the rhetorical and rhythmic substructure of the text, but have no wish to reveal it for its own sake.

via Nicholas Hytner: With Shakespeare, the play is just a starting point | Culture | The Guardian.

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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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Brilliant to read this post and know how much Shakespeare can engage pupils…

No Substitute for Shakespeare | Blogging Shakespeare

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