Entries by warren king

Adapting Shakespeare Through The Ages

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. […]

Who Shares A Birthday With Shakespeare?

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, […]

Shakespeare In Other Art Forms

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’s Top 10 Love Scenes

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 […]

‘The Bard by the Beach’: Morecambe’s very first Shakespeare Festival!

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) […]

I’ll Send Him Packing

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. […]

As Dead As A Doornail

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 […]

All That Glisters Is Not Gold

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 […]

Shakespeare Wades Into The UK EU Referendum Debate…

…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, […]