Elizabethan actors existed in a contradictory world in which they were regarded as the lowest of the low, but if they achieved success and, most important, a following, they would be regarded as almost godlike, exactly as film stars are today. Modern film stars may spend years in near starvation, playing minor roles and living […]
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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Adaptating Shakespeare’s texts is almost as old as Shakespeare himself, dating back four hundred years to versions of texts where the dialogue was transcribed by members of the audience while the play was actually being performed. Much of it was misheard, miscopied or even changed according to the taste of the person doing the transcription. […]
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In tribute to Shakespeare’s birthday (23rd April 1564) we’ve pulled together a list of other famous people who shared a birthday with the Bard: Giants of Western Culture J.M.W. Turner, 1775, was an English painter. Known as the ‘Painter of Light’, Turner was perhaps the greatest landscape painter of the 19th century and his watercolours, […]
After the legendary actor-manager David Garrick introduced bardolatory to mid-18th-century England, artists quickly followed his lead by painting scenes from Shakespeare’s plays as well as portraits of prominent actors in dramatic poses. Reproduced as prints, works by William Hogarth, Henry Fuseli, William Blake and later, John Everett Millais helped to enshrine Shakespeare as England’s great […]
Shakespeare in reknown for creating some of the world’s top lovers. In this post we take a look at Shakespeare’s top love scenes across all of his plays. So, in no particular order here are Shakespeare’s top 10 love scenes: Much Ado About Nothing, Act 4, Scene 1 A quarrelsome duo discover they don’t hate […]
Morecambe’s very first Shakespeare Festival: The Bard by the Beach will be taking place over the weekend of 22nd – 24th April 2016. Planned to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, events will be taking place across a multitude of venues in Morecambe (including the iconic Midland Hotel and Historic Winter Gardens Theatre) […]
Here’s part three in a new video series from BBC Learning English and The Open University called ‘Shakespeare Speaks’. The series celebrates Shakespeare’s use of language with light-hearted video clips that imagine the inspiration for Shakespearean phrases that are still in use today. Here the origin of Shakespeare’s phrase “I’ll send him packing” is explored. […]
Here’s part two in a new video series from BBC Learning English and The Open University called ‘Shakespeare Speaks’. The series celebrates Shakespeare’s use of language with light-hearted video clips that imagine the inspiration for Shakespearean phrases that are still in use today. In today’s video the origin of Shakespeare’s phrase “as dead as a […]
Today we’re happy to share the first in a new video series from BBC Learning English and The Open University called ‘Shakespeare Speaks’. The series celebrates Shakespeare’s use of language with light-hearted video clips that imagine the inspiration for Shakespearean phrases that are still in use today. In today’s video the origin of Shakespeare’s phrase […]
We think of Shakespeare as one of the greatest modern Western writers, and perhaps the greatest playwright ever. We imagine him sitting alone at his desk, writing the plays by candlelight, his quill pen scratching in the silent night. We probably think about him in the way we do about a modern novelist, whose stories […]
…according to the Daily Mail. Great piece from A.N. Wilson looking at Shakespeare’s take on Europe – and vice versa – in response to two polititians trading Shakespeare quotes in relation to the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. Earlier this week European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: “To be, or not to be together, […]