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“Still Dreaming” New Shakespeare Film Seeks Crowdfunding

The husband and wife film-making team behind Sundance hit Shakespeare Behind Bars are working on a new Shakespeare documentary, and seeking funding. Still Dreaming is a documentary about a group of retired Broadway entertainers who emerge from retirement to reawaken their spirits and their dreams by staging  A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This post is a quick share to […]

Where Did Shakespeare Live In London?

This post deals with the places in London that Shakespeare lived, and at the bottom of a page is an interactive map of London showing places we know Shakespeare lived. (Read our related blog pieces on top things to do in London in Shakespeare’s time, and entertainment at the Globe Theatre, London.) Whilst Stratford-upon-Avon is the one-industry Shakespeare town, […]

Shakespeare…A Woman?

Mary Meriam writes in her blog in the women’s magazine, Ms Magazine “I find it extremely inspiring to think of a woman as the true author of Shakespeare, turning patriarchal literary history on its head and forever, completely and entirely, justifying the value of women writers.” She is referring to Robin P Williams’ book ‘Sweet Swan […]

Midsummer Madness With Outdoor Shakespeare

We’re back from our summer holiday – hot throughout Europe but, alas, as so often in England, summer’s lease hath all too short a date, and so it was this year. Nevertheless, the list of outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s plays is long and it grows longer every year. From The Globe on the Thames, to the Tea Lawn of […]

Shakespeare, Star Wars & Iambic Pentameter

Just when you thought you’d seen/heard of all the possible re-inventions of Shakespeare’s stories, along comes another interpretation to blow you away. The other day we got sent an advanced copy of “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope“. That’s right folks, the newest kid on the alternative Shakespeare block is an “officially licensed retelling” […]

Shakespeare’s Words…That Didn’t Catch On

Much has been talked about Shakespeare’s innovation with words – particularly his creation of thousands of words and phrases now in common usage as part of the English language. However, even Shakespeare was capable of the odd stinker…did you know that for all of Shakespeare’s newly invented phrases and words in use, there are plenty […]

Shakespeare: The 21st Century Man

An historian, working with a team of digital artists, has spent three months updating a series of classic portraits to reflect how historical figures might look today.  A fourteen part television series is underway on the UK television channel, Yesterday. Shakespeare is one of the subjects. They’ve used the Cobbe portrait of 1610,  in which […]