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Playreading Report: Toronto Shakespeare Workshop – Hamlet Act II, (18th Jan 2015)

Hamlet: Act II The ritualized unpunctuated text exercise this week was drawn from Claudius’ welcoming Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. It was relatively obscure enough and filled with suitably tricky sub-clauses to pose a bit of a challenge. For the first scene we turned again to Ophelia and Polonius, with a distraught Ophelia telling her father of Hamlet’s strange behaviour. After some initial difficulty in visualizing what Hamlet was actually doing to …Read More

Measure for Measure MFFE published with notes on James I’s involvement in the play

The Festive Season is over, but I hope it is not too late to wish you all a Very Happy New Year!!! Just before the holidays, I was about to publish Measure for Measure, but I got stuck. I couldn’t make head nor tail of what the Duke was doing in the play. He has 839 lines in our MFFE edition, more than King Lear, and nearly twice as much as …Read More

Masterclasses from RSC, NT-Live and Globe video clips

I thought we might have a little fun today, instead of our usual, intense, serious, study. So let’s use some of the wonderful video clips that The Globe, NT-Live, and the RSC provide to advertise their shows to see if they’re at all useful to students of Shakespeare (as well as being fun to watch). If this idea goes down well,  some of you want more, and we might run …Read More

Review: Propeller’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and ‘The Comedy of Errors’

What a wonderful way to spend Easter – to discover a ‘new’ theatre company with wonderful productions of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ and ‘The Comedy of Errors‘. The company is ‘Propeller’ which is new to me, even though it has been going since 1997. If it’s new to you, and you’re interested in  Shakespeare, you need to know more about them. They  were in Edinburgh over Easter and we were lucky …Read More

Review of ‘Confessions of a Justified Sinner’, Traquair House, & Shakespeare

(Macbeth at bay at the gates of Traquair House). Paul Bright’s Confession of a Justified Sinner is playing at Summerhall in Edinburgh (until 26th October).  It’s a free adaptation of James Hogg’s (The Etrick shepherd and friend of Sir Walter Scott) novel  ‘The Private Memoirs and Confessions’ of a Justified Sinner’ – a Faustian tale of the fundamentalist religious faith which affects some, perhaps most, Scots. The story told was …Read More

Free Play-reading pack of Shakespeare’s Richard II

Have you ever tried a play-reading? It’s great fun – rather like a book-reading club, but more inter-active. We’ve been involved in play-readings for a number of years, and always thought it was an art form. Of course, it’s not so grand as putting on a full production, but it’s far less effort and cost, and it let’s you explore the play in a depth that you may not manage …Read More