Shakespeare Magazine is promoting one of our favourite apps, the excellent and ever-so-useful Shakespeare300

“SHAKESFEAR, BE GONE!”

New York Times bestselling author James Reese, after 15 years of publishing for adults and young adults (including 5 books published in 12 languages), offers students and theatregoers alike a unique take on all Shakespeare’s plays, presented in concise (300 word) introductions, synopses and infographics in his new app, Shakespeare300.

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Shakespeare300 provides:

• Portable insight into Shakespeare’s plays.

• Original content, including introductions and synopses.

• Colourful charts, infographics and a wealth of extras: Shakespearean Neologisms, Insults and a detailed Timeline.

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Although Shakespeare300 is designed to be concise (the “300” in its title refers to the 300-word limit set on each section of text), it doesn’t skimp on rich content.

Building on advanced degrees in Linguistics and Dramatic Literature, Reese brings fresh, no-nonsense insight to the saturated world of Shakespearean reference materials.

The result is an entertaining, fast and fun reference app… both scholarly and a bit cheeky.

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Shakespeare300 is perfect for:

Anyone desiring a better understanding of Shakespeare’s remarkable (yet sometimes intimidating) canon.

Students seeking a fun and thorough study guide-on-the-go.

Theatregoers looking to brush up on their Shakespeare by quickly reviewing the Bard’s complex plots and characters prior to any production.

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If you’re heading back to school, college or university – or if you’re planning to see Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet and want to brush up on the play beforehand – the Shakespeare300 app is currently on sale at a special low price!

Go here to get Shakespeare300 now.

Visionary director Julie Taymor to release film of her acclaimed stage production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Back in January, Julie Taymor’s stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream ended its run at Brooklyn’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center. But the maverick director has now finished a film version of Dream.

Taymor earned respect from Broadway with her Tony Award-winning production of The Lion King (itself partly inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet) and from Shakespeare fans with her visionary film versions of Titus Andronicus and The Tempest. Now Taymor’s Dream looks to combine the best of her stage and film work.

Ben Brantley of the New York Times says of  the Dream stage production that it “doesn’t so much reach for the heavens as roll around in them, with joyous but calculated abandon.”

But those familiar with Taymor’s work on the ill-fated Spider-Man stage show need not fear any repeats of airborne mishaps. “Spider-Man, it seems, was just a dry run for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Brantley continues, “This time, Ms. Taymor holds on to her wings, and keeps her production and ambitions aloft.”

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Rather than adapting the play as a film or presenting it as a live screening, Taymor has created “a real hybrid of live theater and film” by filming multiple productions and then going in with handheld cameras during the day for close-up footage. While the end result is “very cinematic,” Taymor stresses that “there are no visual effects - they’re all live.”

Taymor reportedly hopes to premiere the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.

Go here for more on Taymor’s stage production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.