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Dr Michael Goodman of Cardiff University wants everyone to sample and enjoy the artistic treasures and historical delights of the Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive.

What comes to mind when you think of Shakespeare? The latest Kenneth Branagh film, perhaps? Struggling to make sense of the language in school? Merry Englande, ruffs and a good dose of ‘hey nonny nonny’? If we could somehow ask this question to a … [Read More...]

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Olivier Award-winner Sheila Atim stars as shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian in a new and timely screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy Twelfth Night, released on 25 October.

Shanty Productions is an independent film production company, co-founded by Rakie Ayola and Adam Smethurst, and committed to producing drama that speaks to a diverse audience. Its first production is a full text version of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a 400-year-old stage play adapted for the screen to reflect and reach multicultural Britain today. Adapted and […]

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Earlier this year, Professor Michael Dobson, the director of the UK’s Shakespeare Institute, visited a university in Ukraine to talk about ‘Spaces for Shakespeare’ (and beer!)

On 7 May 2018 Professor Michael Dobson gave a lecture titled Spaces for Shakespeare at the Ukrainian Shakespeare Centre, Zaporizhzhya Classical Private University, in south east Ukraine. The Director of the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, Professor Dobson spoke to a packed lecture theatre of students, teachers and academics from across central and southern Eastern Ukraine. […]

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“Murder While I Smile…” Back in 1996, Sir Ian McKellen starred in a vivid, outrageous and visceral screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III. In this classic archive interview, film critic Robin Askew finds the acting legend on fiery, yet thoughtful, form.

Ian McKellen pulls himself up in his chair and fixes me with the steely glare that generally precedes murder most foul in his extraordinary performance as the eponymous hunchbacked schemer in Richard Loncraine’s visually stunning Richard III. “Let me throw back the challenge,” he demands. “What’s that line about?” The line in question is “A horse! […]

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“Why I always watch Shakespeare with the subtitles on – And I invite you to do the same.” Shakespeare Magazine Editor Pat Reid is convinced that subtitles are good for the brain, and can greatly enhance our enjoyment and appreciation of Shakespeare.

When my son was a baby, I mentioned to my brother that I was always anxious while watching television at night. If I was enjoying a programme downstairs and I turned up the volume, there was a danger I might not hear the baby crying in his upstairs bedroom. My brother, who already had two children, told me he’d acquired the […]

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“Richard drives the action, Hamlet is defined by his lack of action…” Known for her one-woman interpretations of both Richard III and Hamlet, performer Emily Carding tells us what Shakespeare means to her.

Which play or area of Shakespeare are you working on right now – and what are you getting from it? “As a writer, this year I’m immersed in the esoteric level of Shakespeare’s plays for a book I’m currently writing for Llewellyn Publishing. I also recently incorporated many quotes and speeches from the plays into […]

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Shakespeare Magazine Issue 14 is here – And it’s All About Hamlet!

HAMLET is the theme of Shakespeare Magazine Issue 14, with each and every article devoted to the fictional Prince of Denmark and the play that bears his name. Rhodri Lewis asks “How Old is Hamlet?” while Samira Ahmed wonders “Why do Women Love Hamlet?” and we review recent productions of the play starring Tom Hiddleston and Andrew […]

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Actress and producer Joanna Pickering has been telling us about an exciting new TV project, Actors On, which “explores dramatic literature, including Shakespeare, by experiencing the actor’s creative process”

Pickering as Lady Macbeth A British actress and producer based in the USA, Joanna Pickering has most recently performed the role of Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth in a dramatic series, Actors On. This ambitious new TV series aims to help others explore dramatic literature by experiencing the actor’s creative process. The show was created by stateside […]

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In a Shakespeare Magazine Exclusive, actress Alison Campbell gives a beautiful performance of the legendary ‘Seven Ages of Man’ speech from Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Shakespeare Magazine visited the cast and crew of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare at the 2018 Bristol Shakespeare Festival. Alison Campbell, who’s playing Shakespeare himself, gave us this beautiful performance of one of his greatest speeches, as spoken by Jacques in As You Like It (Act II, Scene 7). All the […]