Last week I went to the theatre to see a contemporary play set in an English stately home. When the stage lights came up the audience was confronted with an elaborate, detailed set – the sumptuous library of the Earl. There was oak paneling, huge, filled bookshelves, a big mahogany desk, antique chairs, Persian carpets and […]
About warren king
Warren King has taught English Literature for the past 35 years in a number of English schools. During the 1980s he was seconded to the National Shakespeare and Schools Project, where he worked to develop methods of teaching Shakespeare in the classroom that bring plays to life for students of all ages.
Warren subsequently worked as a Shakespeare consultant at the London Education Authority, where his focus was working with teachers to make Shakespeare lively, comprehensible and enjoyable for their students. He has created and delivered Shakespeare workshops for both teachers and students, and still regularly visits schools in the UK and Europe to address groups of teachers.
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We’ve teamed up with the most excellent Master of Verona (aka David Blixt) to trade blog posts this week. Here’s his take on one of his all time favorite Shakespeare moments. Jump into the debate and tell us yours in the comments section at the bottom of the page. I was recently considering my favorite […]
What have Hamlet, Tony Blair, H.G. Wells, David Frost, the Emperor Nero, Brian Clough, the White Rabbit and Kenneth Williams got in common? This is an easy one: they’ve all been played by the flavour of the month actor, Michael Sheen. The Welsh actor has played Tony Blair in three films – The Deal, The […]
Emotions around the current, revived debate about the Shakespeare authorship are raging. Shakespeare scholars are ‘infuriated,’ ‘outraged,’ ‘angry’ about the implications of the film Anonymous, that de Vere wrote the plays and that Shakespeare was just a country bumpkin, turned actor, used as a cover by de Vere. If I were capable of any emotions […]
William Shakespeare was nine years old when the first theatre in England was opened. The idea of a dedicated building for the performance of plays was conceived as late as 1576, when James Burbage, the father of Shakespeare’s future acting colleague, Richard Burbage, built a theatre in Shoreditch, London, which he called ‘The Theatre.’ These […]
Caroline Biocks & Michelle Ephraim have really outdone themselves with the latest installment of McSweeny’s daily humour website – a Shakespearean parody of Craigslist. Specifically, what would Shakespeare’s characters sell, rent , buy or give away? There are some real classics on here that work on every level (in fact there are some that are way over […]
All over the news the last week is Jesse Anderson, a software developer in Reno, Nevada, who’s created a computer program that will type letters at a very fast rate. He claims that, in time, those random letters will type the complete works of Shakespeare accurately, word for word, and that, in fact, his program […]
I wouldn’t go as far as to equate those who deny Shakespeare as the author of the Shakespeare plays with holocaust deniers, but both categories beggar belief. There is no doubt about either –the Nazi genocide of the Jews and the fact that William Shakespeare wrote the plays. The film Anonymous, which has just been […]
‘Something is rotten in the state of Denmark’ is one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines. It refers to the political and sexual corruption that surrounds Hamlet at the court of Elsinore. Humourist blogger Marc C Miller tells us that he’s found Shakespeare’s source for that – an old sardine dumping ground near the castle. He […]
London 2012 is going to be big. As part of the celebrations there is to be Cultural Olympiad’s London 2012 festival and a major component of that will be a huge, international Shakespeare festival. We always talk about Shakespeare’s relevance in the modern world – Shakespeare for every generation, usually referring to the English speaking […]
When I was at school, a long long time ago, an all boys’ school, we had a lot of fun in English by nudging each other and giggling behind our books whenever a word or phrase appeared that suggested anything sexual at all. Things like ‘He tossed and turned all night’ and ‘the soldiers […]
Helen Mirren plays the role of Prospero in a new film of The Tempest. In a recent interview with the Huffington Post she said: ‘I played the man role. Shakespeare very often had boys dressed as girls but not so often women dressed as men, but I play it as a woman. I don’t play […]