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  1. September 21, 2014

    Doctor Scroggy’s War, Shakespeare’s Globe, London – review

    Doctor Scroggy may not feature prominently in medical history, but Harold Gillies does. He was a pioneering surgeon who ran...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Henry IV, Parts I and II

    The RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran tackles Shakespeare’s great and wise history plays about leadership,...

  1. July 26, 2013

    Writers’ theatre

    Which would you say was the greatest writers’ theatre of all time? For Dominic Dromgoole, it was the Globe – the original...

  2. June 21, 2013

    Balance of soft power

    I came out of the Underground on a warmish evening this week, and stumbled into a demonstration. The protesters were from...

  3. July 11, 2012

    Britain becomes a sucker for sob story

    Like most British men of my age, I was raised in the belief that boys do not cry. If you could not fight back the tears you...

  4. July 9, 2012

    Henry V/The Winter’s Tale, Hampstead Theatre, London

    There are two warrior kings in London at present. While Dominic Dromgoole’s fine, period staging of Henry V continues at...

  5. June 17, 2012

    Henry V, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

    The opening scene sets the tone for Dominic Dromgoole’s fleet and vivid production of Henry V. The archbishop and bishop...

  6. June 8, 2012

    His story, our story

    It may have been a frosty winter’s Sunday but on the RSC stage this January 13-year-old Jack Gouldbourne was warming things...

  7. March 16, 2012

    Western nations also revise history

    From Mr Mark Gomar. Sir, Gideon Rachman writes that “China’s past needs to be rewritten” (March 13), citing selective...

  8. January 31, 2012

    Henry V/The Winter’s Tale, Propeller Theatre Company

    Edward Hall’s Propeller company announced its 2012 tour as consisting of “a brand new production of Henry V and a...

  9. September 23, 2011

    New York Philharmonic/ Gilbert, Avery Fisher Hall, New York

    The New York Philharmonic has done a lot of throat-clearing this month. Before regular activities for 2011-12 could begin,...

  10. July 29, 2011

    Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Theatre Royal, Bath

    Peter Hall’s Bath seasons often discreetly investigate ideas of Englishness. The centrepiece of his company’s 2011 season is...

  11. June 10, 2011

    Greenpeace fights a new cold war over oil

    Choppy waters: activists remove a survival pod from the Leiv Eiriksson rig off the coast of Greenland On a recent evening...

  12. April 27, 2011

    Film releases: April 28

    Hemsworth (Thor) and Hopkins (Odin) Thor is billed as the latest film from “the studio that brought you Iron Man”, but it is...

  13. September 3, 2010

    Herald who reimagined nobility for a new millennium

    The year was 1348. At Eltham Palace in Greenwich, London, King Edward III was dancing with the beautiful Catherine, Countess...

  14. July 16, 2010

    What makes a great Falstaff

    Orson Welles (right) as Falstaff with Keith Baxter in ‘Chimes at Midnight’ (1965) Of all Shakespeare’s plays, Macbeth is the...

  15. April 10, 2010

    Bombastic boast

    From Mr Anthony Lewis.Sir, John McInally misremembers Laurence Olivier’s Henry V (Letters, April 3). He claims the king, as...

  16. April 3, 2010

    Perhaps Olivier was in on it all along

    From Mr John McInally. Sir, The recent discussion on the authorship of Shakespeare’s works (“Just William?” March 27)...

  17. March 26, 2010

    Did Shakespeare write his plays alone?

    James Shapiro at the Globe Theatre, London When I began teaching in the early 1980s, I was only dimly aware that a...

  18. February 22, 2010

    Beware of letters from economists

    From Prof Wilfred Beckerman.Sir, In connection with what you call a “battle” between economists (February 19) one might say,...

  19. September 29, 2009

    Prithee, Ford

    From Mr Peter Hirsch. Sir, How reassuring to learn that “figo” is Italian for “cool” (“Ford launches first compact car...

  20. July 18, 2009

    Exchange party

    Dame Clara Furse was given a fine farewell at the Wallace Collection in her last week at the London Stock Exchange after...

  21. July 5, 2009

    The Vikings and Darwin/ Six Parties, National Theatre, London

    Plays commissioned to be acted by teenagers might seem in danger of patronising their performers or alienating older...

  22. June 12, 2009

    Cruising the streets long before Henry

    From Prof Jascha Kessler. Sir, Pardon me, but your letter writer Louise de La Fayette (Letters, June 10), is quite mistaken...

  23. June 10, 2009

    Undercover Shakespeare got the scoop

    From Ms Louise de La Fayette. Sir, With reference to “Undercover boss gets the communication message” (June 9): As with many...

  24. May 22, 2009

    Entropical paradise

    Why wait 16 years to revive Arcadia, they’re asking the playwright, Tom Stoppard? To which the answer, begging his pardon...

  25. November 22, 2008

    TV films

    Airing on Saturday, Kenneth Branagh's take on Henry V (BBC2 2.40pm) may lack the urgent timelines and imaginative staging...

  26. May 9, 2008

    Madness in court and country

    The "i" in "parliament" is silent; its vocalisation is a recent and erroneous affectation. This may well be my greatest...

  27. May 8, 2008

    Madness in court and country

    The Histories Henry VI Parts 1-3, Richard III The Roundhouse, London The “i” in “parliament” is silent; its vocalisation is...

  28. April 30, 2008

    And the winner is . . .

    "Without a shadow of a doubt, the winner of tomorrow's race to be London Mayor will definitely be - YouGov," according to...

  29. April 19, 2008

    Sponsors must take note of this historical classic

    From Ms Donna Anton and Mr John Bennett. Sir, As two of the few, we happy few, who attended the entire Shakespeare...

  30. April 19, 2008

    Sponsors must take note of this cultural classic

    From Ms Donna Anton and Mr John Bennett. Sir, As two of the few, we happy few, who attended the entire Shakespeare Histories...

  31. April 19, 2008

    A quadruple bill of Will

    "Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings," says Richard II. And that is what Michael Boyd...

  32. April 12, 2008

    The Histories

    Michael Boyd's grand projet of staging Shakespeare's eight consecutive history plays was gradually brought to fruition over...

  33. April 5, 2008

    The Misfits

    HEROES: From Alexander The Great To Mae West by Paul Johnson Weidenfeld & Nicolson £20, 287 pages FT bookshop price: £16...

  34. March 1, 2008

    A lot to like about leeks

    For the uninitiated, mutton cawl is a stew, not dissimilar to Irish stew, to which a great deal of leeks are added towards...

  35. March 1, 2008

    A lot to like about leeks

    For the uninitiated, mutton cawl is a stew, not dissimilar to Irish stew, to which a great deal of leeks are added towards...

  36. February 23, 2008

    Bush family values

    The Bush Tragedy By Jacob Weisberg Random House $26, 271 pages Bob Woodward, the ultimate Washington establishment figure,...

  37. November 24, 2007

    Audio Books: Agincourt

    Audio Books Agincourt by Juliet Barker Hachette Audio £16.99, 6 hours The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 was perhaps the most...

  38. November 24, 2007

    Agincourt

    Agincourt By Juliet Barker Hachette Audio £16.99, 6 hours The Battle of Agincourt in 1415 was perhaps the most important...

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