The latest from Shakespeare Magazine


Visitors to Paris can find a perfect English Shakespeare experience (with French subtitles) in this idyllic garden setting

Photo Credits: Tower Theatre Company / Ruth Anthony It’s hard to believe that it took the world’s best-selling author 200 years to conquer France. And yet, William Shakespeare’s plays were only properly staged in Paris from the 19th century … [Read More...]

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A feast of fairies and fun in Forest Park as Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream charms St. Louis, Missouri with colour, comedy and music

Images by J. David levy Helena and Lysander St. Louis, Missouri is perhaps best known for the Gateway Arch, baseball and high crime rates – lesser remarked upon is its ever-growing artistic vibrancy. Shakespeare Festival St. Louis is an example of that fervor, bringing theatrical magic to the schools and streets of the city. Oberon […]


Saturday 23 April 2016 saw Stratford-upon-Avon’s annual Shakespeare Parade celebrate not only the 452nd birthday of the Bard but also the 400th anniversary of his death

Naturally, Shakespeare Magazine’s Stratford-upon-Avon correspondent Emma Wheatley was on hand to record the festivities in words and images… The crowds gathered in the town centre as a funeral bell tolled and a floral tribute was carried on a wheeled bier. Escorted by four masked characters evoking comedy and tragedy, the tribute was placed in front of […]


Shakespeare Magazine 10 features Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Okonedo in the BBC’s epic The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses

Hot on the heels of his sensational 2015 Hamlet, Shakespeare superstar Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Richard III on the cover of Shakespeare Magazine 10.  And our second cover features Sophie Okonedo, who stars with Benedict in the epic BBC Shakespeare series The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.  Inside the magazine, we interview Hollow […]


Legendary actor David Garrick’s 1769 Shakespeare Ode was resurrected last month at the Bard’s local church in Stratford-upon-Avon

In the supremely atmospheric setting of Stratford’s Holy Trinity Church, Jeffrey Skidmore directed UK choir and music ensemble Ex Cathedra in a revival of the eight airs by Thomas Arne. With only a short original score surviving, Sally Beamish composed the two missing choruses. They included references to her new work, A Shakespeare Masque, that […]

MC Lali Dangazele opens the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana Showcase photographer Monirul Bhuiyan

A Bard in Africa: Enjoy these beautiful and evocative images of this month’s groundbreaking Shakespeare Lives in Botswana event

Students from Maru-a-Pula School perform a scene from devised piece Water and Dust. [Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan] Shakespeare Lives in Botswana (Shakespeare o a Tshela) concluded with a sold-out Showcase at the Maitisong Theatre in Gaborone, Botswana. The Showcase was part of the global GREAT Britain Campaign and the British Council’s ‘Shakespeare Lives’ project celebrating Shakespeare’s work […]

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Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s Bristol production of All’s Well That Ends Well gets plenty of laughs while exploring the dark world of Shakespearean sexual politics

[Images by Mark Douet] As I watch the actors dance at the end of All’s Well that Ends Well in Bristol’s Tobacco Factory Theatre, I’m unnerved by the contradictory play I’ve just seen. Intelligent and laugh-out-loud funny, All’s Well that Ends Well also tells some uncomfortable truths about sex, love and marriage. The way in which determined […]

Shakepeare and Indian-Final Poster

With the Indian Shakespeares On Screen festival taking place in London from 27-30 April, we asked the organisers to choose their all-time favourite Indian Shakespeare movie adapatations…

HAIDER (2014) Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of Hamlet “In a time of rising religious and patriotic Hindu fundamentalism in India, how did Haider ever get permission to be made, and how did it pass the notorious eye of the Indian censor? Those are the questions I can’t wait to ask the director, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Basharat […]


This month, at London’s Royal Festival Hall, the BBC Concert Orchestra performed some of the finest music ever to grace the films of Shakespeare’s works

[Images: BBC Concert Orchestra] Shakespeare’s work has inspired a variety of classical composers and has fascinated film makers from Olivier to Branagh. At the start of the concert conductor Keith Lockhart tells us that Shakespeare’s language is “in itself music” and speaks of his admiration for the composers featured this evening. We are treated to a […]