The Decameron by John William Waterhouse (1916) Boccaccio's 14th century masterpiece has inspired artists for centuries, from Chaucer to Shakespeare and from Voltaire to Poe. His classic recounts how seven women and three men, who escaped...Show More Summary
On this day in 1611: the first documented performance of Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth at the Globe Theatre.
Or so they say. I confess that while I accept in theory the idea of computer analysis of word use to determine, or at least provide evidence for, authorship, it makes me uneasy. At any rate, here‘s what Helen Anders writes in The Daily Beast: Nearly 300 years ago, an editor named Lewis Theobald published […]
Why an Iranian Shakespeare Congress? And why now?
Coming soon: short films for each of Shakespeare‘s 154 sonnets, all set in New York City.
Speakeasy looks at teh intricacies of making teh hunt scene realistic in “Bring Up the Bodies,” part two of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Broadway adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s popular Thomas Cromwell novels.
Cheek By Jowl nails Shakespeare’s problem play.
Not only did Derrida do poorly on his Shakespeare essay: he also went on flunk his university entrance exams, which he had to take three times.
We don’t have an American troupe comparable to the U.K.’s National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company to officially carry the dual burden of fostering new work while reinvestigating the classic repertory. But increasingly Lincoln Center Theatre acts like a serious candidate for the mantle. Show More Summary
It's surprising how many actors appearing as William Shakespeare's Hamlet don't take heed of the young Dane's advice to the players about speaking trippingly on the tongue and not sawing the air. They utter the sage admonition but then go about ignoring it. Currently, Peter Sarsgaard is among the transgressors. Show More Summary
Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once. – Shakespeare (from Julius Ceasar) We choose to be mediocre because it mitigates the downsides of failing and succeeding. Read more on MediocrityShow More Summary
“In short, a mediocre play, at least by Shakespeare’s standards, and in this instance, mediocre is perfect: It’s hard to understand how good Shakespeare could be until you’ve seen him at his worst (and Shakespeare at his worst is still better than most). So imagine how much more some 11th-grader might appreciate Much Ado About […]
Producer Melinda Hall has launched a crowdfunding venture on Indiegogo. She hopes to raise $6,000 for the 5th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam. This free event, celebrating William Shakespeare’s birthday, is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 24, 2015. Show More Summary
Shakespeare’s newly authenticated play, ‘Double Falsehood’, starts with a sexual assault. Did we mention it’s supposed to be a comedy?
A psychological profile of Lady Macbeth would probably say things like "manipulative," "paranoid," "unlikely to create genuine social bonds," and "a bit of a germaphobe." An analysis of Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing would likely...Show More Summary
Two University of Texas researchers have used computer analysis to prove that Shakespeare was at least a co-author of ‘Double Falsehood,’ convincing many scholars.
In the most famous stories of Richard III, by William Shakespeare, he was noticeably repugnant both physically and mentally. read more
Hard on the heels of the Broadway import of Wolf Hall from the Royal Shakespeare Company, and The Audience, with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth, more Royal Crown is pouring this way. Producers Stuart Thompson (represented currentlyShow More Summary
“We can tentatively add another play to the Shakespeare canon. Using a unique form of text analysis, in which they weigh the “psychological signatures” of three possible authors, psychologists Ryan L. Boyd and James Pennebaker of the University of Texas-Austin conclude Double Falsehood was written largely by the man who brought us Twelfth Night and […]
“[It] pulls information from databases with names of locations, people, organizations in the city at the time, as well as reference material about the early modern period in London. These data are layered on to the ‘Agas’ base map [from 1561]. So if you click on the Middle Temple building, for example, the map will […]