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New film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure transports the Bard to Pakistan

Billed as "A Sufi Adaptation of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure", UK/Pakistan film Rahm ("mercy" or "compassion" in Urdu and Arabic) was premiered this week at the London Asian Film Festival. From 17 March it will be screened at selected … [Read More...]

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This summer, why not study Shakespeare in the beautiful English city of Cambridge? The University of Cambridge International Summer Programmes bring together adults of all ages and backgrounds to learn from some of its finest academics

For centuries, the University of Cambridge has shaped and changed the world through visionary ideas and ground-breaking discoveries. And its International Summer Programmes (9 July–19 August 2017), with their reputation for excellent teaching and inspirational programmes, reflect this heritage. The Shakespeare Summer Programme (6-19 August) allows you to find out about the latest developments in […]

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Can you help us today? An urgent new appeal from the Editor for donations to keep Shakespeare Magazine alive and free

Shakespeare Magazine’s Founder & Editor Pat Reid “Shakespeare Magazine is made on a micro-budget from a bedroom in Bristol, England (which is where I’m typing this message right now). I generate some revenue from advertising, but not enough to cover the costs. So for the past year I’ve asked our readers for contributions to help […]

Shakespeare in Modern English

“Elizabethan English presents a certain barrier to comprehension…” Author Hugh Macdonald explains why he decided to “translate” three Shakespeare plays into modern English

“My purpose in rendering Shakespeare into modern English is to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of audiences in the theatre. The translation is not designed for children or for dummies, but for educated grown-ups for whom Elizabethan English presents a certain barrier to comprehension. “When reading Shakespeare, most of us need annotations to explain allusions, […]

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Paris-based journalist Carolina Rosendorn asked Shakespeare Magazine’s Editor Pat Reid three brief questions about tourism in the Bard’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon. His response was a 2,000-word sprawl of sightseeing tips – and unabashed Shakespearean fan worship.

Interview by Carolina Rosendorn        Photos by Emma Wheatley Do you consider yourself a Shakespeare fan? Why? What do you love about his work? Please feel free to elaborate as much as you want. PAT REID: “Yes, I do consider myself a Shakespeare fan. One of my reasons for launching Shakespeare Magazine was […]

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Shakespeare’s Sisters! With cover stars Harriet Walter, Judi Dench, Sophie Okonedo and Margaret Atwood, Shakespeare Magazine 12 is our biggest and best issue ever!

Happy New(ish) Year, Bard fans – Shakespeare Magazine 12 is here! Shakespeare’s Sisters is the theme of Shakespeare Magazine 12. Meet our fabulous and forthright cover stars: Harriet Walter Judi Dench Sophie Okonedo and Margaret Atwood All of whom speak with great authority, insight and wit about their adventures with the Bard. Also this issue, […]

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“Where am I going to get a human skull?” On being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, musical legend Bob Dylan turns to William Shakespeare and Hamlet for some characteristically shrewd comparisons

Speech by Bob Dylan given by Azita Raji, US Ambassador to Sweden, at the Nobel Banquet on 10 December 2016. Good evening, everyone. I extend my warmest greetings to the members of the Swedish Academy and to all of the other distinguished guests in attendance tonight. I’m sorry I can’t be with you in person, […]

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Destination Shakespeare is the debut volume of poetry from globe-trotting Stratford-upon-Avon Bard scholar Paul Edmondson

Shakespeare Magazine Editor Pat Reid writes: If you’re in need of a last-minute Christmas gift for the Shakespeare fan in your life – even if it’s yourself – then I think I may have the answer: Destination Shakespeare, a slim volume of poems by Paul Edmondson. Poems on the subject of Shakespeare – as opposed to […]

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Indiana’s University of Notre Dame staged a record-breaking summer 2016 production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest – featuring a real-life aerialist as Ariel and a world-class juggler as Trinculo

Photographs by Matt Cashore for Notre Dame Magazine. The summer production of The Tempest at the University of Notre Dame’s professional theatre broke all records for the Festival’s 17-year history It was directed by West Hyler, who served as Staging Director for Cirque-du-Soleil’s first-ever Broadway production, Paramour. Prospero was Nick Sandys, Artistic Director for Chicago’s prestigious Remy […]