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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 […]

Shakespeare’s “Real” Ophelia Finally Revealed?

  Has Shakespeare’s inspiration for Ophelia – one of literature’s most tragic heroines – finally come to light? A 1569 coroners report published in The Guardian tantalizing suggests maybe so. In 1569 – when Shakespeare was five years old – a small girl named Jane Shaxspere was reported as slipping and drowning whilst collecting flowers […]

Shakespeare’s Wardrobe Issues

When we go to the theatre we expect the costumes to be appropriate to the period in which the play is set, and the different characters will wear costumes that express their individual status of class, nationality and so on. But in Shakespeare’s time there were certain difficulties regarding theatrical costumes that we don’t encounter […]

Forensics to Finally Uncover the Face of Shakespeare?

An article on the NoSweatShakespeare  site outlines the various claims of the portraits that vie for the distinction of being representations of Shakespeare. Just as with Jesus, we all have a mental image of Shakespeare. Although we know that Jesus didn’t look like the conventional  pictures of him, with blue eyes, very light skin and […]

Shakespeare and Electronic Technology

An interesting challenge to readers may be to ask them to think of any life situation that Shakespeare didn’t write about. There are so many things in modern life that haven’t changed since his time: we still have wars and dictatorships, colonial oppression, slavery, military coups, and religious persecution. We have what seems to be […]

The Curse of Macbeth

If you’re ever going to be involved in a production of Macbeth you should be very careful, and take precautions. Remember, you’ve been warned. There’s a curse on performances of the play. The first thing you should never do is mention the play’s title in the theatre. You should always refer to it as ‘The […]

Why is ‘Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow’ such a famous soliloquy?

In the rush of modern life there is little time for reflection but it’s sometimes relaxing to pause occasionally to reflect on some single instances of Shakespeare’s genius. Here is a short soliloquy from Macbeth worthy of attention. To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last […]

Shakespeare and the King James Bible

In the year in which the English speaking world is celebrating the four hundredth year of the King James Authorised bible it’s interesting to reflect on what a period 1604, when the work started, to 1611, when it was published, was in England. It’s almost impossible for us to imagine seven years of such literary […]

Social Control & Clothing Laws in Shakespeare’s Time

It’s interesting to reflect on why societies make laws and how the laws they make reflect the values of the time. The English have always loved making laws and the concept of a body of laws that protects individuals’ rights as well as providing a framework for punishing  transgressors is one of the things the […]