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Theater Review: The Two Gentlemen of Verona, by the Royal Shakespeare Company

The RSC’s new production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona is exhilarating, fun, and full of energy. If you know a few Shakespeare plays, you certainly know Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, and maybe a few of the history plays. Some of the comedies are well known: Much Ado about Nothing, As You Like It, […]

Good Listens: The Leonard Lopate Show Podcast

I don’t have time to listen to a lot of podcasts, but one of the ones I’ve been listening to for ages is the Leonard Lopate Show, a radio show that is broadcast on WNYC in New York City. Mr. Lopate is a fascinating interviewer, and his show features guests in an eclectic range of […]

Should Theaters Remove the “Boring Bits” from Shakespeare?

In an article in the Daily Mail, hobbit Martin Freeman discusses cutting the “boring bits” out of Shakespeare plays so younger people enjoy them. He’s currently starring in a production of Richard III in London – which I won’t see, because it’s too far to go to see someone like him play Shakespeare – and […]

Theater Review: The Rape of Lucrece, at the Royal Shakespeare Company

When attending a Shakespeare play, one generally has an idea what to expect; at least if you’re familiar with the play or its plot. Before attending last night’s production of The Rape of Lucrece , at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre, I had no clue as to how the performance would be. The Rape […]

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Should an Authentic Theater Be Uncomfortable?

I had a very uncomfortable experience the other night at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse & Sauna, attached to Shakespeare’s Globe in London. As I describe in my review of the concert I attended: The theatre holds about 340 people, and one sits on hard wooden benches without backs (though the last row in each section […]

Filming Shakespeare: Interview with John Wyver, Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part series, the first of which was Shakespeare, from Theater to Cinema: Interview with John Wyver, Producer of the RSC’s Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon Productions On Wednesday, I attended a production of Henry IV Part 2 at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon. This was the second time I […]

Shakespeare, from Theater to Cinema: Interview with John Wyver, Producer of the RSC’s Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon Productions

John Wyver is the producer of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon series, which broadcasts live performances of plays from Stratford-Upon-Avon to cinemas in the UK, and around the world. I met with John in Stratford-Upon-Avon on the day of the first camera rehearsal of Henry IV part 2, to discuss the process of […]

DVD/Blu-Ray Review: Richard II, by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

The Royal Shakespeare Company has released the first disc in its Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon series, which features live broadcasts to cinemas of plays from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and subsequent releases on DVD and Blu-Ray. This release is Richard II, staring David Tennant. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK, iTunes Store) I attended a production of this play […]

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