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Upcoming as at May 2014 includes, amongst a number of Shakespeare productions, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing and the not so often seen Two Gentlemen of Verona.

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For those who have yet to enjoy live screenings of productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National Theatre – and as a reminder to those who have enjoyed these already – here are links to information about upcoming screenings:

Royal Shakespeare Company on screen: https://onscreen.rsc.org.uk/          Globe on Screen: http://onscreen.shakespearesglobe.com/          National Theatre Live: http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/

Screenings are international, occurring around the world.

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Reflections on trying out new things, from a teacher who was involved in a language and rhythm Google+ Hangout I led last week for ‘Macbeth Goes Social’, a fantastic project run by Big Fun Education.
Exploring outside our comfort zones (but within our safety zones) is a huge part of developing as an actor and also – as tends to be the way with all things acting – as a person.
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My poor mother. To say I was a picky eater as a child is a massive understatement. My mom would often cry, fearing my sister and I were not eating enough. My eating habits improved in high school but I was still pretty hesitant when it came to trying new things. In university, a professor of mine used cheese to get me to open my mind to the endless possibilities of good food. Later that year, I took a big risk for a former picky eater. While in Prague I opened a restaurant menu only to find that it was written entirely in Czech (naturally). I remembered my professor’s advice, closed my eyes, and pointed. It was delicious.

Since then I’ve tried things I would have never fathomed in my previous, risk-free life – some were delicious, others not so much. I really did take something away from that experience and…

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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

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

Why so many people hate Shakespeare | Players-Shakespeare.com.

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.

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!

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.