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Henry V in Performance

By Carol Kelly Arguably there are two memorable film productions of Henry V. Thefirst  appeared in 1944 and was directed and produced by Laurence Olivier who also took the title role. The film was produced during World War 2 and sets a patriotic, even jingoistic note, with the beleaguered English troops on the eve of… Continue Reading »


"All The World's A Stage": The Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival

Steve Rowland who, with Robert Miller, is working a documentary project called ShakespeareIS, just returned from a seven-week trip to England where he took in all that the Globe to Globe  Shakespeare Festival had to offer.  Thirty-six plays, along with Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis were presented in thirty-five languages, “plus one play in ‘American Hip Hop’ —… Continue Reading »


Summer Shakespeare Festivals

Now that summer is here, why not think about taking in a Shakespeare performance? Perhaps you’re thinking about teaching one of the Bard’s plays you’ve never taught before and would like to see it on stage before you do. Or, maybe it’s been a while since you’ve seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed on a starry summer… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare at His Best

Shakespeare for Students with Special Needs ~by Christopher Shamburg  On  June 5th the students of A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City gave two public performances of Macbeth.   A. Harry Moore a special education school that services students ages 3-21 with various medical, physical, and cognitive disabilities.  It is the laboratory school of New Jersey City… Continue Reading »


Thematic Shakespeare

I’ve written about student festivals before, but I want to come back to the topic again and,  this time, look at the thematic lines being explored by students and teachers in their festival performances.  Recently, I attended Shakesperience: NJ at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Two days of absolute delight watching students engage the… Continue Reading »


"Have I had children's voices?"

I’ll admit. I was wary of my first Children’s Festival. And each year I’m still a little wary. I know they can do it. They know they can do it. But will they do it? Will they speak the speech? And every time I am pleasantly surprised. Yesterday we had a 9 year-old Lear who… Continue Reading »


Oh, to Be in England…

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival features more Shakespeare than has ever been assembled anywhere.


These People in This Room at This Time

~by Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger A few weeks ago, I was able to sit in on a read through of Taming of the Shrew. I know the play; I knew the lines. But listening to those actors in that room on that day, the language really came alive for me. The actors brought parts of… Continue Reading »


"Kate the Curst"

~by Kate Eastwood Norris currently in the role of Katherina Minola for Folger Theatre  As I write this, we are about two weeks from our first audience for the Folger’s production of The Taming of the Shrew and I still have no real idea how to say Kate’s final speech without offending somebody! After almost twenty… Continue Reading »


World Shakespeare Festival Begins April 23rd!

The World Shakespeare Festival (WSF) starts April 23rd.  It  is a celebration of Shakespeare as the “world’s playwright.” The Royal Shakespeare Company is producing the event, which runs until the November. This event is an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organizations. It’s the biggest celebration of Shakespeare ever staged. Approximately 60 partners will be coming together… Continue Reading »