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“It’s Giving Tuesday. Please Donate to Shakespeare Magazine…”

Dear Friends, I'm no Shakespeare, so I'll keep this brief. It's Giving Tuesday, so if you want to donate to a good cause, please make it Shakespeare Magazine. Financially, it's been another brutal year. I'm gutted that I've not been able to … [Read More...]

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Watch Hamlet (George MacKay) take on Claudius (Clive Owen) in this Exclusive Clip from director Claire McCarthy’s new Shakespeare-inspired film OPHELIA starring Daisy Ridley in the title role, with Naomi Watts as Gertrude and Tom Felton as Laertes

OPHELIA is screening in selected UK cinemas from Friday 22 November, and will then be available on demand from Wednesday 27 November on these platforms: iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Virgin, Rakuten, Chili. A full Shakespeare Magazine review of OPHELIA will follow shortly.

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Timothée Chalamet in The King: England’s legendary warrior prince is reinvented as a petulant and introverted man-child in this ponderous revision of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V plays

Warning: This review contains spoilers. There’s never any Shakespeare on Netflix, the online streaming channel which seems to specialise in teenage shows about Satanism and suicide. Still, we’ve held off cancelling our subscription in order to see The King. The film is the brainchild of Joel Edgerton, who co-writes, produces and plays Falstaff. His fellow Australian David […]

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Special Offer! Get 12 Issues of The Oldie for just £12 – And Help to Save Shakespeare Magazine!

That’s right, we have a very special offer for you. Shakespeare Magazine readers can now get 12 issues of beloved British periodical The Oldie for just £12*. This is a saving of £45 on the cover price. And, even better, when you take out your subscription, The Oldie will give Shakespeare Magazine £15! To order […]

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All Crowns are Hollow: The scheming and backstabbing politicians of today would do well to ponder the fate of Shakespeare’s Kings

“…For within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a King Keeps Death his court…” Richard II – Act III, Scene 2 Shakespeare’s plays are full of lessons for contemporary politicians – especially, perhaps, the history plays like Richard II, the tragedies such as Macbeth, and the Roman plays including Julius Caesar. There’s one lesson that […]

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From director Josie Rourke, Tudor historical drama Mary Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie is now available for home viewing

Two powerful Queens battle for one throne in the riveting and extraordinary drama based on a true story, Mary Queen of Scots, available now on Digital and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on 20 May 2019, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A chronicle of two strong woman pitted against each other in an age of male […]

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An American magazine has published an article titled ‘Was Shakespeare a Woman?’ In response, we have written an article titled ‘SHAKESPEARE DERANGEMENT SYNDROME’

The Atlantic, a US magazine founded in 1857, has published an article by Elizabeth Winkler titled ‘Was Shakespeare a Woman?’. The answer of course is no, but while it’s deplorable that The Atlantic would do this, it’s not actually surprising. Elements of the US cultural elite, just like their counterparts here in the UK, have […]

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The curious case of the Henry V-quoting toddler who saved Shakespeare Magazine from certain and ignominious doom (as recounted by his proud and admiring father, the Editor)

My abiding memory of the very first issue of Shakespeare Magazine, published five years ago this week, is that it very nearly didn’t happen at all. I remember rising at about 5am feeling frazzled, fearful and sleep-deprived, and tweeting something like “Right, let’s go to work” to convey a bravado I didn’t feel. I’d taken redundancy […]