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Bananarama’s Original Lineup Reunites For First-Ever Tour

'80s London pop greats Bananarama got together in 1979, and they effectively broke up when group member Siobhan Fahey split acrimoniously from her two bandmates in 1988, going on to form Shakespeare's Sister. In the years in between, Bananarama were responsible for great singles like "Cruel Summer" and "Venus," but they somehow never went on…

'Shakespeare in Love,' thou is now an actual love story

So when William Shakespeare wrote Sonnet 18, he must at some point have screamed to himself, "Shall I compare thee to a... What? What? What's the word? What the flippin' heck are thou more lovely than?" Don't you think? I mean, no doubt ole Bill was thinking in Elizabethan English, whatever that...

Sam Wanamaker's 44-Year Battle (Partly Against Snobbery Toward Americans) To Rebuild Shakespeare's Globe In London

22 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Director Dominic Dromgoole: "The British desire not to do things, not to make things, can be very wearying. But Wanamaker, an extraordinary blend of charmer, irritant, huckster, dreamer and impresario, plowed on."

What's It Like To Spend The Night In Elsinore?

22 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Even when you're not Hamlet, it can be a little... intense. It started here: "I won a contest hosted by Airbnb, where entrants were invited to explain why they wanted to spend the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death at Kronborg Castle — better known to the English-speaking world as Elsinore."

Shakespeare's Colleagues Go Digital For His Birthday

22 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

In honor of Shakespeare's 453rd birthday (and, perhaps, 401st death day), the Folger has opened a treasure trove: "a Digital Anthology of Early English Drama, which makes original scripts and visual images from 40 plays available to anyone with Internet access."

Fantastic Foreign Film Posters for Shakespeare-Inspired Movies

Happy deathaversary — and in a few days, birthday — to the Bard, William Shakespeare. The English poet and playwright created some of the finest written works in the English language — and those tales created some amazing films, which we celebrate today. But Shakespeare was a global sensation, evidenced by these fantastic foreign film […]

Shakespeare died 401 years ago, but original scripts from his era live on in a new digital archive

On Sunday, the Folger Shakespeare Library will open the Digital Anthology of Early English Drama, which includes centuries-old scripts and images by the likes of Christopher Marlowe.

You know what Venus did to Adonis

yesterdayArts : Parterre Box

Born on this day (assumed) in 1564 playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

Almanac: The birth and death of Shakespeare

April 23, 1564 was the day traditionally given for the birthdate of the great English playwright, while April 23, 1616 found the Bard of Avon "passing through nature to eternity." Jane Pauley reports.

Happy Birthday, William Shakespeare

The Bard turns 453, and Stratford-upon-Avon is not missing out on a parade for the man.

Major exhibition of British Library literary treasures opens in Beijing

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

Some of the greatest treasures of the British Library have travelled to China for the first time ever for a major exhibition at the National Library of China (NLC) in Beijing. Shakespeare to Sherlock: Treasures of the British Library opened today in the National Library of China in Beijing. Show More Summary

Popped Collar Dirtbag Shakespeare Who Fucks, Coming Soon to TNT

3 days agoFilm / Film Reviews : Pajiba

Guys. I know why the "H.G. Wells, but hot" show Time after Time was cancelled after five episodes. No, it's not because ABC failed to properly advertise that its episode titles were lyrics to Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time"." (I'd....

Emma Rice, Shakespeare’s Globe Director, Offers Some Parting Shots

3 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Ms. Rice wrote that she loved the Globe, but that she has learned not “to allow myself to be excluded from the rooms where decisions are made.”

Theater to Commission 38 Modern Riffs on Shakespeare

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., is holding a contest to create a “modern canon” of 38 companion pieces to Shakespeare’s plays.

Now Casting: Female-Led ‘Hamlet’ + More Paying Gigs

Today’s roundup of casting notices is exciting and adventurous—kind of like you! A New York City production of the Shakespeare classic “Hamlet” is casting talent for several roles, including a female actor to play the title role. We’ve...Show More Summary

Nonfiction: Their Hours Upon the Stage: Performing ‘Hamlet’ Around the World

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, London’s Globe Theater performed “Hamlet” in 190 countries. Dominic Dromgoole looks back on the run in “Hamlet Globe to Globe.”

Nonfiction: Shakespeare’s Hot Mess: What We Can Learn From Falstaff

In this love letter to the Bard’s “swag-bellied omnivorous cornucopia of appetites,” Harold Bloom argues for Falstaff as one of literature’s vital forces.

Making Up Words Trailer: TNT’s Will!

TNT’s Will explores the life of the young William Shakespeare – hoping to do for Shakespeare what Da Vinci’s Demons did for Leonardo Da Vinci: fill in the blanks in what know of its subject’s life in an entertaining (though not in as fantastic – as in fantasy) way. Will begins with the young Will … Continue reading Making Up Words Trailer: TNT’s Will! ?

‘Will’: TNT Sets Summer Premiere For Young Shakespeare Drama Series

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: TNT has a premiere date for its young Shakespeare drama. The cable net is celebrating Sunday’s 453rd anniversary of the Bard’s birth by setting a 9 PM July 10 bow for Will, which starsShow More Summary

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