Issue 07 of Shakespeare Magazine is out now, celebrating 425 years of Great Shakespeare Actors

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Kenneth Branagh is cover star of Shakespeare Magazine 07, in keeping with the issue’s theme of Great Shakespeare Actors.

The venerable Stanley Wells discusses his new book on the subject, handily titled Great Shakespeare Actors, while Antony Sher reveals what it’s like to play Falstaff – the subject of his own new book Year of the Fat Knight.

We also go behind the scenes of the excellent My Shakespeare TV series, while British actress Zoe Waites chats about heading to the USA to play As You Like It’s Rosalind with Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Other highlights include Shakespeare in Turkey, Shakespeare Opera, and the real story of Shakespeare and the Essex Plot.

All this, and the Russian fans who made their own edition of David Tennant’s Richard II

Go here to read Shakespeare Magazine 07 right now.

And don’t forget, you can read all seven issues of Shakespeare Magazine here.

As always, Shakespeare Magazine is completely FREE.

Read what Turkish student Cansu Kutlualp had to say about Shakespeare Magazine at the Shakespeare: Counterstream Symposium in Istanbul

“Blogs are not the only written material that can be found online that highlights up-to-date Shakespearean information. There is a magazine, I find that it’s one of a kind, that is online and free for its readers. It’s called the Shakespeare Magazine and it’s a relatively new one.

Cansu Kutlualp speaks at the symposium.

Cansu Kutlualp speaks at the symposium.

“The team behind it is working enthusiastically for each issue, giving a chance for their readers to participate in the magazine itself. The content varies; it’s not traditional, it is a fresh breath for Shakespeare enthusiasts. Not only do they talk about upcoming shows but they explain what Shakespeare means to individuals, what they thought about certain plays, movies or the fact that every nation has a different take on Shakespeare.

Cansu Kutlualp (second left) at the symposium.

Cansu Kutlualp (second left) at the symposium.

“In one issue they took on the World Cup that took place a few months ago and turned the whole thing into a Shakespearean process. What did Shakespeare mean for Brazil and its literary history? How much did Shakespeare affect the contemporary theatre, film or TV shows in Brazil? The magazine celebrates all kinds of global Shakespeare events and by doing so connects readers of all ages under the common and everlasting umbrella that is the Bard himself.

“I myself wrote a piece concerning Turkey and Shakespeare. Mr Pat Reid who is the Founder and the Editor of the magazine was so helpful and supportive that the article turned out to be a good one and it will be published in an upcoming issue.

Pat Reid, Shakespeare Magazine’s Founder & Editor.

Pat Reid, Shakespeare Magazine’s Founder & Editor.

“The magazine opens up discussions via social media too. Supporters of the magazine get to discuss their Shakespearean topics via Twitter or on the magazine’s Facebook page. A couple of months ago I was working on an essay for a class about Macbeth and psychoanalysis. After I finished my essay I asked via the magazine’s twitter page, what people thought about Lady Macbeth and Macbeth’s personalities. With Mr Reid’s input, and with the participation of the magazine’s readers, we had a fun and informative discussion. Then we couldn’t continue the discussion with the limitation of 140 characters, so we brought it to the Facebook page. I must say the whole discussion had me question what I had in my mind when the whole thing started.

The powerful and evocative poster for the symposium.

The powerful and evocative poster for the symposium.

“If you want to read the magazine you can find it on which also contains the previous issues.

Shakespeare Magazine makes a guest appearance at Shakespeare Counterstream Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey

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This month saw Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University commemorate the Bard’s birthday by hosting a symposium titled “Shakespeare: Counterstream”.

The program contained speeches made by students and academics on topics including “Mark-it-in: Pop Culture and Shakespeare” and “From Global to Local: Adapting Shakespeare”.

Shakespeare Magazine even made an appearance at the symposium via Cansu Kutlualp, a loyal and enthusiastic Turkish reader of the magazine.

Cansu Kutlualp (second left) at the symposium.

Cansu Kutlualp (second left) at the symposium.

Cansu talked about how Shakespeare is surviving in the internet age in her speech titled: “The Bard that Exists Online #Shakespeare”.

She reported that people were blown away by the freshness and uniqueness of the magazine and also revealed that the next issue is to feature an article about Shakespeare and Turkey.

Cansu’s talk was very well received and she was asked many stimulating questions about Shakespeare Magazine.

Go here to find out more about Boğaziçi University and Shakespeare: Counterstream.