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    1. December 22, 2014

      The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK — review

      Cicely Bumtrinket. It seemed as well to open the review with a joke (the name of a very minor and unsurprisingly flatulent...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Leicester skeleton confirmed as Richard III

      Britain’s most celebrated forensic case has been closed. A thorough scientific and historical investigation has concluded...

    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,...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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,...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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)...

    19. 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...

    20. 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,...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. April 12, 2008

      The Histories

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

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. February 23, 2008

      Bush family values

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

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