"Bald's Leechbook" image via wikimedia commons Garlic, leek, and bile from a cow’s stomach all sound like things you’d find bubbling in the witches’ cauldron during the opening moments of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. In fact, they’re all part of an ancient remedy meant to help cure styes–infected eyelash glands–used by the Anglo-Saxons in the dark ages. Show More Summary
This month's Movie Dearest Calendar Wallpaper is all about theatrical inspiration, so you better Brush Up Your Shakespeare as we salute the best cinematic versions of the works of a certain bard from Stratford-upon-Avon. From directShow More Summary
“Inspired by the revelations about Richard III, recently liberated from a car park in Leicester, professor Francis Thackeray of Wits University, in Johannesburg, claims he is ‘very interested by the possibility’ of subjecting Shakespeare to the same treatment.” Andrew Dickson explains why he thinks that wouldn’t be worthwhile. (And no, it’s not the curse.)
Literature students have a brand new “classic” to study: the Political Correctness Killed Shakespeare article. The most recent inductee to this august canon, currently riling up the academic Internet, is by Heather Mac Donald in the Wall Street Journal. Show More Summary
Eight years after D.C. pulled together for the six month, 100-show Shakespeare in Washington festival, the city is at it again. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival is set for the fall, with more than 50 area companies committing to premiere projects. Pretty much everyone is into the pool, led by seven of D.C.’s key theaters […]
Professor Stephen Greenblatt on his lecture at the first Iranian Shakespeare Congress: “Most of the questions were from students, the majority of them women, whose boldness, critical intelligence, and articulateness startled me. Very few of the faculty and students had traveled outside of Iran, but the questions were, for the most part, in flawless English […]
The speech 'Our revels now are ended' is famous as Shakespeare's farewell address to us, his audience. It is usually delivered indirectly to the theater audience by the retiring magician Prospero near the end of The Tempest, the last play written entirely by Shakespeare and written at the end of his career. Show More Summary
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia loves the theater. The high court’s curmudgeonly conservative digs Shakespeare. Can’t get enough opera. But one show he hasn’t taken in? The play about him, now showing at Arena Stage. “The Originalist,” which blends actual passages from Nino’s opinions with a fictional plot involving two law clerks, is drawing crowds (it was […]
Had William Shakespeare been an early-21st century playwright from Edinburgh rather than a late-16th century dramatist in London, he might well have approached the story of the 11th century King of the Scots, Mac Bethad mac Findlaích, the way that David Greig takes in his irony-infused 2010 history play, Dunsinane...
1) What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like. James Harbeck’s conceit is “Let’s hop into a time machine and go back to the England of yore!” He makes stops at Shakespeare (a sonnet read by Ben Crystal), Chaucer (read by Diane Jones), a century earlier (a Middle English song performed […]
Reflections on Shashi Kapoor, recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke award for 2014. I’m not getting into the whole “does he deserve it?” debate, but the news about the Phalke filled me with a vague kind of happiness. There’s always been something wholesome, something nice about Shashi Kapoor. You probably remember the Friends episode that was […]
The Phillips Collection introduces Man Ray?Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare, an exhibition exploring the intersection of art and science that defined a significant component of modern art on both sides of the Atlantic at the beginning of the 20th century. Show More Summary
Macbeth is widely considered the darkest of William Shakespeare's plays. Full of corruption, evil, unchecked ambition, and the consequences thereof, the material sounds like a perfect fit for a filmmaker like, oh, I don't know, Martin Scorsese. Show More Summary
Branagh reveals in radio interview that Scorsese will be invited to ‘do what he will’ with Shakespeare villainy based on acclaimed Manchester production Kenneth Branagh and Martin Scorsese are set to team up on film version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, inspired by the former’s production of the play...
Shakespeare said 'to be or not to be' is the question, and now scientists are asking how life forms grow to be the correct size with proportional body parts. Probing deeply into genetics and biology at the earliest moments of embryonic development, researchers report that they have found new clues to explain one of nature's biggest mysteries.
Shakespeare said "to be or not to be" is the question, and now scientists are asking how life forms grow to be the correct size with proportional body parts. read more
Here’s some news that ought to please Ira Glass: Serial is the new Shakespeare. At least that’s the case in one California classroom, where high school teacher Michael Godsey did away with Hamlet, long a mainstay in his class, to...Show More Summary
Adam Gopnik: “Many people have pointed out the eerie resemblance of Durst’s words to a Shakespearean soliloquy. Actually, only one kind of soliloquy – the villain’s kind – takes this form. Durst’s words are not at all Hamlet-like, as some have said. They recall, instead, the soliloquies of Iago, in Othello, and of Edmund, in […]
Chicago Shakespeare Theater announced its 2015-16 season on Wednesday.
One of the strangest things to observe in recent weeks has been the hold on what used to be called the popular imagination of Robert Durst’s final monologue in Andrew Jarecki’s documentary series, “The Jinx.” As nearly everyone knows...Show More Summary