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Justin and Selena – A Modern Day Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare enthusiasts who follow the doings of celebrities – their courtships, marriages, divorces, births and deaths – might be struck by the Justin Bieber and Selina Gomez pictures and stories that are currently filling celebrity websites and magazines. They have broken up and they’re being compared with Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Indeed, pictures of them […]

World Shakespeare Festival in Pictures

As the summer-spanning Shakespeare extravaganza that is the World Shakespeare Festival comes to an end in the UK we’ve flicked through the NoSweatShakespeare facebook page to pull together a selection of our favourite moments from the festival. With over 70 productions and exhibitions, 50 theatre companies and thousands of international artists there was certainly plenty of choice, but the […]

7 Funniest Shakespeare Memes

We’ve been trawling the internet of late for some comedy takes on Shakespeare to share on the NoSweatShakespeare facebook page, and slowly but surely have stumbled across the internet sub-culture of “memes”. Warning: 30 second internet culture/patronizing lesson coming up! Historically, a meme has meant a discrete “package of culture” that travels via word of mouth – as a […]

Shakespeare’s Hat Stolen! #bringthebunnyback

The Hatwalk event – commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the London 2012 festival - started before dawn on July 30th when 21 of London’s best known statues were given bespoke head-wear…one of London’s more wacky arts events to take place this summer. The Shakespeare bust in Leicester Square was given a bunny baseball hat, […]

London Entertainment in Two Elizabethan Eras

In spite of experiencing the worst summer weather since records began London is more crowded this summer than it has ever been. There was the Wimbledon tennis tournament earlier this month and the 2012 Olympic Games begin later this week. There is also, of course, an international Shakespeare Festival: the Proms, the world’s biggest classical […]

Shall I Compare Thee…To A Toddler?

There’s nothing wrong with starting on Shakespeare young… but reciting a Shakespeare sonnet word-for-word at the age of two? Check out this little guy reciting Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet – number 18, “Shall I Compare Thee To Summer’s Day?”. Pretty incredible stuff!   What’s the best thing you could recite when you were two years […]

Is It Hip Hop Or Shakespeare?

A quick pop quiz for you, do you think the quotes below words are from a hip hop track or Shakespeare play? “To destroy the beauty from which one came” “Maybe it’s hatred I spew, maybe it’s food for the spirit” “Men would rather use their broken records than their bear hands” “I was not […]

Tony Blair, Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the Emperor Nero

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 […]