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    1. June 18, 2015

      London is too great a city for any politician to shape it

      Shakespeare, Chaucer, Newton, William Blake, TS Eliot, Ezra Pound. Peter Ackroyd has committed his life to the documentation...

    2. June 17, 2015

      The Tempest, Delacorte Theater, New York — review

      It is surprising that the Public Theater has decided to bring back The Tempest to its Central Park space so soon after Lear...

    1. June 16, 2015

      Lego wins trademark case over minifigures

      The Lego minifigure — used to represent everybody from Darth Vader and Batman to William Shakespeare and Homer Simpson — is...

    2. June 7, 2015

      King John, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — review

      James Dacre’s fine, zesty staging of Shakespeare’s more rarely performed history play opens with much pomp and ceremony....

    3. May 25, 2015

      Cannes Film Festival: winners and losers

      The Palme d’Or, not for the first time, took us all by surprise. A French film tipped by almost no one, Jacques Audiard’s...

    4. May 4, 2015

      The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — review

      After Shylock fails to win his pound of flesh, he disappears. Then a long scene ensues in which the young lovers kiss and...

    5. May 1, 2015

      Yukio Ninagawa conquers Elsinore

      The actors shuffle uneasily: a large troupe of them, several dozen, each standing behind a tartan-patterned wheelchair in...

    6. April 26, 2015

      Roméo et Juliette, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Coliseum, London — review

      The poison-pushing Friar Laurence is a pivotal figure in Shakespeare but his role is usually a small one. Jean-Christophe...

    7. April 23, 2015

      Something Rotten!, St James Theatre, New York — review

      “God, I hate Shakespeare” sings Nick Bottom, a playwright at the centre of the new musical Something Rotten!. Given that the...

    8. April 19, 2015

      Measure for Measure, Silk Street Theatre, London — review

      What makes a good leader? It’s a question that preoccupies Shakespeare in much of his work, never more so than in this...

    9. April 5, 2015

      Death of a Salesman, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon — review

      Last year at the end of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Henry IV Part 2, Falstaff crumbled into despair after his surrogate...

    10. April 1, 2015

      Cameras roll on a virtual reality future

      I just flew at a hundred feet across Icelandic tundra in a harness strapped under a helicopter. If I lifted my head up, I...

    11. March 27, 2015

      The Jew of Malta, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon — review

      “How sweet the bells ring now the nuns are dead!” Christopher Marlowe’s protagonist Barabas is not exactly sweetness and...

    12. March 13, 2015

      ‘I learn my Shakespeare lines using illustrations’

      The idea of illustrating scripts came out of a highly pressurised situation when I had to learn 11 pages of Shakespeare...

    13. March 6, 2015

      King Lear, Viaduct Theatre, Halifax — review

      One particular moment in the opening “division of the kingdoms” scene in Jonathan Miller’s new staging acts as a shining...

    14. March 5, 2015

      Rasta Thomas, Romeo and Juliet, Peacock Theatre, London — review

      It could have been worse I suppose. No one took off all their clothes and sat on my lap, no one sang and it wasn’t on ice...

    15. February 26, 2015

      The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel — film review

      The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel proves much the same as the first: these are bemusing, even scary times in actorly...

    16. February 12, 2015

      Jefferson’s Garden, Palace Theatre, Watford, UK — review

      How do you write a successful history play? For her sprightly new drama Timberlake Wertenbaker takes her lead from a certain...

    17. February 8, 2015

      Macbeth, The Vaults, London — review

      “How is’t with me when every noise appals me?” cries Macbeth as the horror of his murderous act begins to take its toll. In...

    18. January 13, 2015

      Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown — review

      At one point in the swirling mayhem of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, a character catches sight of what she...

    19. January 9, 2015

      The List: Looking back at versions of Orpheus

      Orfeo, the Royal Opera House’s new production of Monteverdi’s 1607 opera L’Orfeo, is the latest of many retellings of this...

    20. FT Alphaville

      January 9, 2015

      Econo-yakking (observations from the AEA conference)

      The annual conference hosted by the American Economics Association offers so many panels and paper discussions, on such a...

    21. January 7, 2015

      La Nuit des rois, Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry, Ivry-sur-Seine, France — review

      A new production of Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night: the small and enterprising Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry got a head start...

    22. December 12, 2014

      My London: Lincoln’s Inn Fields, by Claire Tomalin

      In the 1960s and 1970s I worked at the New Statesman in a narrow, steep-staired office building at 10 Great Turnstile, the...

    23. December 11, 2014

      ECB fails to woo Europe’s banks

      Neither a borrower nor a lender be, said Shakespeare. Europe’s banks seem to be listening to the counsel of his Polonius,...

    24. November 2, 2014

      The Fairy Queen, Middle Temple Hall, London – review

      Thanks to its connections with Shakespeare (the premiere of Twelfth Night is recorded as having taken place there in 1602),...

    25. October 28, 2014

      Hamlet, Opera Southwest, Journal Theatre, Albuquerque, New Mexico – review

      Verdi’s last operas, Otello and Falstaff, with librettos by Arrigo Boito, reached the summit of Italian opera. But they were...

    26. October 13, 2014

      YouGov’s data products profits match those from custom research

      YouGov has reached a milestone in its plan to become a “true internet company”, as the market research group reported that...

    27. October 3, 2014

      ‘Henry IV’, Donmar Warehouse, London

      Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Julius Caesar in 2012 was a revelation, shedding new light on a great Shakespeare play. Now she...

    28. September 12, 2014

      Sofie Gråbøl, queen of Scots

      Our national addiction to the box set has had one particularly strange side effect. After hours spent in front of The...

    29. September 5, 2014

      The cross-gender casting of great Shakespearean characters

      When Sarah Bernhardt played Hamlet in Paris in the late 1890s, her performance gave rise to a duel. It’s doubtful whether...

    30. August 22, 2014

      More theatre reviews and previews

      Shakespeare in Love, Noël Coward Theatre, London Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s droll faux-history made a popular 1998 film...

    31. August 21, 2014

      Erasing Borders, Downtown Dance Festival, New York – review

      For the final number in Erasing Borders’ outdoor show (the indoor edition takes place on September 5-6), Srishti Dance of...

    32. August 1, 2014

      More theatre reviews and previews

      Shakespeare in Love, Noël Coward Theatre, London Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman’s popular 1998 film script seems even more at...

    33. July 23, 2014

      Shakespeare in Love, Noël Coward Theatre, London – review

      It’s 1593 and William Shakespeare is composing his masterpiece Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter. At least, he is in...

    34. July 23, 2014

      Two Gentlemen of Verona, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK – review

      Ah, the excesses of youth. It may be heresy to express outright dislike of any Shakespeare play, but let’s say that Two...

    35. July 18, 2014

      ‘Shakespeare in Love’, London

      Here’s a play drawn from a film drawn from a play drawn from an Italian tale the layers are almost as complex as those in...

    36. July 9, 2014

      Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, London – review

      Queen Anne is strangled with a telephone cord, Clarence is drowned in a fish tank, Rivers has a hypodermic needle plunged...

    37. July 2, 2014

      Wonderland, Hampstead Theatre, London – review

      Hard hats off, first of all, to writer Beth Steel and director Edward Hall for marking the 30th anniversary of the miners’...

    38. July 1, 2014

      Wolf Hall and how to be a fixer fit for a king

      The best drama to be found on the London stage right now is a pair of connected plays about Henry VIII: Wolf Hall and Bring...

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