William Shakespeare

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Tiny notebook by ‘first Shakespeare geek’ to go on show in Stratford
Crammed with minuscule writing, manuscript is seen as earliest ‘proper reader’s response’ to first folio

Dalya Alberge

04, Feb, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Titus Andronicus review – a patriarchy hellbent on self-destruction
Heirs and spares fight under a sleazeball Roman emperor and candles take a hammering in a brilliantly provocative show with an all-female ensemble

Claire Armitstead

02, Feb, 2023 @10:49 AM

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Poem of the week: Sonnet 105 by William Shakespeare
In this meditative poem, it feels as if the poet is addressing himself rather than flourishing words for a beloved

Carol Rumens

30, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Frances McDormand’s 10 best performances – ranked!
Shortly to be seen on our screens in Women Talking, the actor is enjoying a fruitful – and Oscar-hauling – career third act, creating work that is empathic, political, and often doesn’t look like acting at all

Andrew Pulver

26, Jan, 2023 @12:18 PM

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All the (open) world’s a stage: how the video game Fallout became a backdrop for live Shakespeare shows
Free to roam through the post-apocalyptic game, one intrepid group has taken to performing the Bard. They have found an intent new audience, as well as the odd mutant scorpion

Alysia Judge

25, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Romeo and Juliet actors sue Paramount for child abuse in 1968 film
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting accuse studio of sexual exploitation in nude scene in Franco Zeffirelli adaptation

Benjamin Lee

03, Jan, 2023 @9:20 PM

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Bridgerton’s Adjoa Andoh to explore societal prejudices by playing Richard III
Bridgerton actor, who will also direct the production, says she wants to talk about ‘body pathologising’

Nadia Khomami Arts and culture correspondent

02, Dec, 2022 @8:01 AM

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Josie Rourke: ‘If Shakespeare was alive now he’d be under commission to Nica Burns’
As You Like It comes to London’s new venue @sohoplace this winter. The play’s director and the theatre’s owner discuss arts cuts, the industry’s gender balance and the pandemic

Arifa Akbar

28, Nov, 2022 @10:28 AM

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Candles take the brunt in gore-free production of Titus Andronicus
Shakespeare’s most violent play to be staged with actors’ candles being pummelled in scenes with bloodshed

Mark Brown

27, Nov, 2022 @6:17 PM

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Henry V review – a troubled king reaches for foreign quarrels
In this coruscating production from Headlong and Shakespeare’s Globe, Henry’s grasp for power is cast in a stark light

Kate Wyver

24, Nov, 2022 @11:00 PM

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Katherine Duncan-Jones obituary
Eminent Shakespearean scholar who wrote a revisionist biography of the playwright highlighting his misogyny and snobbery

Emma Smith

24, Nov, 2022 @3:02 PM

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The Tempest review – Shakespeare gets a radical edit from Sydney Theatre Company
Richard Roxburgh as Prospero and Guy Simon as Caliban are outstanding in Kip Williams’ latest production, which takes a revolutionary approach to the script

Steve Dow

20, Nov, 2022 @2:01 AM

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