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Shakespeare is Alive and Kicking in Canada

The 30th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is underway. It’s the longest-running theatre festival in North America and attracts an international audience. One of the major attractions this year is David Belke’s new noir comedy-thriller, Forsooth my Lovely. It’s a wonderful combination of Shakespeare and Dashiell Hamett, author of The Maltese Falcon, with its memorable […]

Bill Shakespeare, Bill Shatner and Patrick Stewart

The official Star Trek Convention will take place this month in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s a special event in that it’s the forty-fifth anniversary of the first episode of Star Trek. The guest appearances make up a pretty formidable list of stars, far too long to honour all the celebrities who will participate, but some […]

Shakespeare and the Teenage Girl

It’s always said that there’s something for everyone in Shakespeare’s plays. But if you are an American teenage girl you may have to be convinced of that. Juliet in Romeo and Juliet is a thirteen-year-old, almost fourteen, so she’s a character you can compare yourself with. When Romeo gatecrashes her father’s party he chats her […]

What’s in a Name? The Shakespeare Brand in the World of Commerce

There was a famous commercial on British television before the advertising of tobacco was banned in the UK media. The clip showed a decapitated Sir Francis Drake in gorgeous Elizabethan dress, carrying his smiling head under his arm.  He was placing a cigar between the lips and the head was sighing with satisfaction. Bach’s ‘Ode […]

Take Part in the BBC Shakespeare Contest!

OK Shakespeare fans, here’s the latest Shakespeare news, hot off the press:  The BBC are running a Shakespeare competition with some fantastic Shakespeare-related prizes. From the BBC: “Schools across the UK are invited to take part in Off By Heart Shakespeare, an exciting new recital contest from the BBC, for students aged 13-15. All students nominated by their school […]

William Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth and all

It’s interesting to reflect on how deeply and broadly Shakespeare infiltrates our culture. He is everywhere in history in some context or other (something we discussed in our Shakespeare in America article). On Wednesday, 9th April, 1865, five days before he was murdered, Abraham Lincoln was still celebrating the end of the Civil War with […]

Shakespeare and St Mark

Who was the most influential literary writer in our Western Culture? The mind springs immediately to Shakespeare. But there was a far more influential writer, who produced only one surviving book. He’s an anonymous writer but he wrote the Gospel of St Mark some fifteen hundred years before Shakespeare wrote Hamlet. We don’t know who […]

“B, or Not a B?” – Patrick Stewart Rocks!

Just came across this fantastic YouTube snippet  of Patrick Stewart on Sesame Street, performing the famous “to be or not to be” Hamlet soliloquy with a twist: It seems to me that this guy could read anything and give it depth (just look at his performances in the X Men). And unlike many a Shakespearean […]

Shakespeare’s Writing Habits

There was a BBC series recently in which writers talked about their writing habits, which got me thinking about Shakespeare’s writing habits. The conversations the writers in this series had with the show’s presenter took place in the rooms where they wrote, and the show was mainly about where writers write. It’s interesting how so […]

Shakespeare’s Writing Habits

There was a BBC series recently in which writers talked about their writing habits, which got me thinking about Shakespeare’s writing habits. The conversations the writers in this series had with the show’s presenter took place in the rooms where they wrote, and the show was mainly about where writers write. It’s interesting how so […]