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Review: (***) Hamlet, (2000) starring Ethan Hawke, directed by Michael Almereyda

This production of Hamlet, with Ethan Hawke as Hamlet,  is available: As a DVD for  £14.94 at Amazon.co.uk (N.B. a Region 1 import) As a DVD for $7.99 at Amazon.com  Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. . Our Bottom Line: Worth seeing but contrivance is all. . . Our Review (***) Forget majesty – and nobility come to that. ‘Our whole kingdom’ is become the Denmark Corporation, the King is …Read More

Review; **** Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet (1948)

This classic  production of Hamlet, with Laurence Olivier as Hamlet,  is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for £3.59 at Amazon.co.uk Laurence Oliviier Hamlet To stream (or purchase) from Amazon.com for  $3.99 at Amazon.com Laurence Olivier Hamlet – streaming As a DVD from Amazon.com for $21.96 fromAmazon.com Laurence Oliver Hamlet DVD . Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a classic production of …Read More

Review: Twelfth Night (*****) Trevor Nunn

Twelfth Night is available for streaming from Amazon.com for $2.00 (rent) or $13,00 (buy) DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.co.uk for £4.99 DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.com from  $22.99 (used) Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a really fantastic version of this play. It isn’t the most accurate; if you’re looking …Read More

Review: Othello (*****) BBC Shakespeare Collection

The BBC’s Shakespeare Collection production of Othello is available: – For streaming from Ambrose Digital ($25 / £16) – If you live in the UK, you can buy Othello (and 10 other Shakespeare Tragedies) for £19.99 for streaming / download. from the new BBC Store (more about this new BBC store later). – For streaming from Amazon.com ($1.99 / ~£1.25) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £18.93 (£9.90 used) / Note that prices quoted …Read More

Review: The Globe Production of Henry IV Part I (****)

The Globe’s production of Henry IV Part I is available: – For streaming from The Globe Player (£6 /~ $9) – For purchase and download as an MP4 from The Globe Player (£10 / ~$15) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £20 / ~$30.00 and from Amazon.com  for $19.59 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above.  If you want to know …Read More

Review: RSC Macbeth (*****) on DVD, 1979

The RSC production of Macbeth is available as a DVD  from: Amazon.co.uk  for £5.00 and from Amazon.com for $8.99 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: This is the best production of Macbeth we have seen. It comes from the heyday of the Royal Shakespeare Company, was directed by Trevor Nunn, and stars Ian McKellen as Macbeth, and …Read More

Review: Who is Hamlet?

Book: Hamlet Fold on Fold, Prof. Gabriel Josipovici, 2016, Yale University Press Available: Amazon.co.uk, hardback £20 / ~$30; Kindle £15:19 Amazon.com hardback $30.38; Kindle $21:63 Our Review: If you want to discover more about Hamlet the play, and Hamlet the character, a good place to start is with the literary artist and scholar Gabriel Josipovici’s book Hamlet Fold on Fold. Josipovici’s project is to guide the reader through the play, …Read More

Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost (****) BBC Shakespeare Collection

The BBC’s Shakespeare Collection production of Love’s Labour’s Lost is available: – For streaming from Ambrose Digital ($25 /~£16) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  ~$360 / £2.40 ) Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: Love’s Labour’s Lost is a difficult play for a modern audinece to ‘get’  – or at least it was for …Read More

Playreading Report: Love’s Labour’s Lost – Edinburgh 10th April

We ran a play-reading of Love’s Labour’s Lost on Sunday 10th April. We’ve published the play and you can find the script we used at Love’s Labour’s Lost. We were due to be 10 readers, but three people had to cancel at the last moment which brought us down to 7. Luckily, we had a play-reading casting for 7 players, but had to use the iCloud Configurator to get our parts – …Read More

Review: Twelfth Night – Granada (***)

Grenada’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is available: – As a DVD from Amazon UK for £8.99 / $13 – As a DVD from Amazon.com for $26 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above.  Our Bottom Line: This isn’t the best production of Twelfth Night I’ve seen. It’s worth a look, if only for the historical perspective it gives of styles of English Shakespearean productions in the 60’s / 70’s. …Read More

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