Today we study Shakespeare in school and often see his plays in formal settings, but is that how they were meant to be experienced? Learn more about what going to see a play was really like when Shakespeare’s theater company put them on stage for the first time.
It’s not likely that you think of Shakespeare and video games at the same time, but that may be about to change!
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William Shakespeare is widely considered to be the greatest writer in the English language and now, thanks to modern technology, you can explore some of the most iconic places from the playwright’s life, and the locations said to have inspired him, from the comfort of your own home.
In 2010, a modern version of The Tragedy of Macbeth appeared on PBS’s Great Performances. The star of that groundbreaking production, Sir Patrick Stewart, discusses the choices he and director Rupert Goold made to bring Shakespeare’s work to life on the small screen.
Source: The Guardian
Shakespeare gets his sea legs as the Royal Shakespeare Company
preforms iconic scenes aboard cruise ships.
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Read about the women who edited and retold Shakespeare
throughout the centuries as well as their impact on Shakespearean scholars today.
Shakespeare’s line, “Macbeth doth murder sleep”—and his guilt-ridden, sleepwalking Lady Macbeth—made a link between psychological distress and troubled sleep. Recent research shows that the Bard was onto something.
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Play On Shakespeare takes beloved plays by the Bard himself
and puts them into language an even wider audience can appreciate. Check out
this article to learn more about these unique and ground-breaking translations.
Read about the importance of racially
inclusive casting in the world of Shakespearian theatre.
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Read about how helicopters disrupt theater-goers in New York City’s Central Park.
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Can you imagine a riot breaking out in response to a disagreement about which actor did a better job in the role of Macbeth? That’s what happened in 1849 in New York. Click to learn more.
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In this podcast, two Shakespeare scholars dig into why we still care about the characters and situations crafted by an Englishman who lived four centuries ago.
Source: The Conversation
Read small sections. Think like a director. Click this link for these and other tips on how to get the most out of your reading of Shakespeare’s plays.
Source: The Washington Post
In this piece, a high school teacher explains her approach to teaching Shakespeare and rejects claims that she is taking part in “cancel culture.”
Source: The Economist
This article examines Shakespeare’s rise to greatness. It also features some interesting graphics that show trends in the popularity of his plays.
This piece examines several ways Shakespeare was affected by the plague. It also points out how the plague plays an crucial role in the plot of Romeo and Juliet.
What does Shakespeare have to do with the coronavirus pandemic? Read this article to find out.
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Click this link to read about the record-breaking auction sale of a copy of the “First Folio,” the book that originally collected Shakespeare’s plays.
Source: The Atlantic
This article suggests that the shutdown of theaters due to the coronavirus could give dramatists the time and inspiration to write new plays.