The Royal Shakespeare Company is currently showing Oppenheimer, a new play by Tom Morton-Smith about Robert Oppenheimer, the man who led the Manhattan Project. Directed by Angus Jackson, this play, in the smaller Swan Theatre, looks at Oppenheimer’s life from before World War II, when he was a fellow traveller of the Communist Party, to the time just after the two bombs were dropped in Japan.
The RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) has two theaters in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, which holds about 1,000 spectators, is used for plays by Shakespeare, as well as some other authors (such as next season’s Death of a Salesman). The smaller Swan Theatre, with about 460 seats, is now almost exclusively used for plays by […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]