Whatever else William Shakespeare was he was a voracious reader. One thing is certain: there were a few books on his bookshelf that he referred to constantly and which were well thumbed. Among them were all the volumes of Raphael Holinshed’s Chronicles of England Scotland and Ireland, which was a comprehensive history of Britain. On […]
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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Macbeth is a prime example of a violent Jacobean drama. As the Elizabethan age gave way to the Jacobean era new young playwrights emerged. They were very much in tune with their sophisticated London audience, who delighted in the spectacle of sex and violence, so Jacobean plays became increasingly sexual and violent. Not only was […]
Our friends over at the Shakespeare Calling blog have just released their Shakespeare ruminations in book format: Why Shakespeare? Who is this Hamlet? Is Lady Macbeth really evil? Can Caliban really be a twitchy speeded Goth freak? What’s so interesting about Lady Blanche, Lucius, Queen Margaret, Cassius, Paulina, Emilia, Celia…? These and many, many more […]
Plagiarism was not an issue for Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights, and there wasn’t even any such concept. Writers collaborated on plays without there being any fuss about whose intellectual property the final play was. They also used the stories and even the words of other writers in their plays and that was entirely acceptable at […]
We very happily stumbled across the wonderful AnagramGenius website this week, which truly does have some genius anagrams – including a range of Shakespeare anagrams from the ridiculous to the sublime. ‘William Shakespeare’ is an anagram of: ‘Hear me as I will speak’ ‘I swear I’ll make heaps’ …and perhaps our favourite, ‘We shall […]
Publishers Hodden and Stoughton have just announced that they will be paying London mayor, Boris Johnson, a half a million pounds (about 750,000 US dollars) to write a biography of William Shakespeare. That is more of a reflection of the greed and cynicism of publishers than of the surprise that someone not known as a […]
Whilst there’s no doubt Shakespeare could always write a great quote about love, many famous writers down the years have done the same. In this blog post we’ve pulled together the top love quotes by famous writers, whether written or spoken: “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for […]
Ever get into Shakespeare discussions at your local after a pint or two? The New York-based Drunk Shakespeare crew – who recently came to our attention – take things to the next level with their unique take on the Bard’s work. Each night, one of their cast members drinks at least 5 shots of whiskey […]
Three years after his marriage to Ann Hathaway William Shakespeare went to London. He went there specifically to get a job as a player in one of the theatres. The grammar school he had attended had a tradition of putting on plays on the last day of term, and he had also seen plays performed […]
Shakespeare was just nineteen years old when he first became a father: his daughter, Susanna, was born in 1583. His twins, Judith and Hamnet, arrived two years later in 1585. Shakespeare then left for London where, a few years later, he began writing plays for the theatre. He spent most of his time in London during […]
As perhaps the most famous English writer, but one who’s personal life is relativity little known about, it’s not surprising that a number of myths have arisen about Shakespeare. As time goes by we discover more and more about Shakespeare and so, although some of these myths persist, they are being busted one by one. […]
The eighteenth century theatre impresario, playwright and Shakespeare scholar, Lewis Theobald, staged a performance of a play titled Double Falsehood at the Drury Lane Theatre on December 13, 1727. Theobald announced that he had uncovered three prompt books for the original performance of the play. He further claimed that this was the work of William […]