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    1. August 16, 2016

      Róisín Murphy, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — review

      Songs in Shakespeare are generally assigned to marginal characters, the types who flit around the edge of the action,...

    2. August 16, 2016

      BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall and Royal Albert Hall, London — review

      There is more to the BBC Proms’ tribute to Shakespeare in his 400th anniversary year than the familiar, heavyweight...

    1. August 14, 2016

      Shake, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival — review

      “What country, friends, is this?” Paris-based company Eat a Crocodile’s five-man version of Twelfth Night takes...

    2. August 1, 2016

      BBC Proms: Roméo et Juliette, Royal Albert Hall: ‘Inspired’

      For a passionate admirer of Shakespeare, Berlioz left some strangely variable tributes to the playwright. His opera...

    3. July 26, 2016

      Canon fodder: Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare

      If ever a (non-theological) writer has come close to being literally canonised, it’s Shakespeare. To be sure, he was a...

    4. July 25, 2016

      Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne, West Sussex, UK — review

      To mark the Shakespeare anniversary, Glyndebourne is offering two productions: the festival’s first ever staging of...

    5. June 28, 2016

      The Shadow King, Barbican, London: ‘Thoughtful and deft’

      Melbourne-based Malthouse Theatre’s 90-minute version of King Lear is one of the best free adaptations of a play I have...

    6. June 24, 2016

      Macbeth, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — ‘Patchy’

      There is a child at the heart of Iqbal Khan’s fascinating but uneven new staging of Macbeth. Not Fleance, Banquo’s son,...

    7. June 14, 2016

      The Taming of the Shrew, Central Park — ‘Exuberant theatricality’

      Towards the end of The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio starves and torments his new wife Katherina so as to “curb her...

    8. June 6, 2016

      The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — review

      The Taming of the Shrew, like The Merchant of Venice, has its problems for modern viewers amplified when staged at...

    9. May 27, 2016

      Romeo and Juliet, Garrick Theatre, London — ‘conventional presentation’

      Richard Madden is no stranger to Red Weddings. As Robb Stark in Game Of Thrones, he and most of his family were...

    10. May 22, 2016

      King John, Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames, UK — ‘Deft and compelling’

      Technicolor tunics, cheerful chain mail and suede boots with pointy toes — Mark Friend’s costumes for King John look...

    11. May 12, 2016

      The Complete Deaths, Theatre Royal, Brighton — ‘Daft, and thoughtful’

      Killing people is wrong. Unless you happen to be a playwright. Shakespeare despatches dozens of characters — some...

    12. May 11, 2016

      Cymbeline, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon — ‘Gutless’

      Cymbeline is all about Brexit — if you believe the programme for this RSC production. The issue is sovereignty: Britain...

    13. Westminster Blog

      May 11, 2016

      Gordon Brown quotes JFK as he throws weight behind Remain camp

      In the dying moments of the Scottish referendum campaign two years ago Gordon Brown electrified the unionist side with...

    14. May 8, 2016

      A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Globe, London — ‘Effervescent’

      Emma Rice, in her first production as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe (and only her second ever Shakespeare),...

    15. Nick Butler

      May 2, 2016

      Saudi Arabia — the dangers of a fanciful vision

      Saudi Arabia is in a mess. That conclusion seems to be common ground — the view of serious outside analysts and of the...

    16. April 27, 2016

      The Herbal Bed, Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK — ‘Complex and delicate’

      A Jacobean doctor’s wife is accused of adultery with a neighbour, and sues the slanderer in the ecclesiastical court....

    17. April 26, 2016

      Doctor Faustus, Duke of York’s Theatre, London — ‘Clumsy’

      The opening and closing phases of Christopher Marlowe’s play can stand proudly beside any other Elizabethan or Jacobean...

    18. April 25, 2016

      Shakespeare gala concert, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Coherent and swiftly paced’

      From the many references to music in the plays it seems reasonable to surmise that Shakespeare had more than “a...

    19. April 22, 2016

      Home and away: the Globe to Globe Hamlet project

      In July last year, Cambodia became the 117th country to host the Globe to Globe Hamlet tour, which set out two years...

    20. April 22, 2016

      Openings: Steeped in Shakespeare

      In an age hungry for every scrap of information about our heroes, it’s an irony that Shakespeare, for all the fame of...

    21. April 22, 2016

      Six homes with links to Shakespeare’s works

      Trafalgar Park, Downton, Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, £12m Where A five-minute drive from the village of Downton and seven...

    22. April 22, 2016

      ‘I made animated Shakespeare amid the Soviet collapse’

      Moscow in the early 1990s was a hairy place to make the first animated Shakespeare series. In August 1991, as the coup...

    23. April 15, 2016

      Travel updates: London, Paris and Stratford-upon-Avon

      London Work is underway to turn the UK’s largest piece of public sculpture into the world’s tallest and longest tubular...

    24. April 15, 2016

      Song of Myself, Radio 3; Poetry Please and An Excellent Dumb Discourse, Radio 4; and Bob Geldof on WB Yeats, BBC4

      Poetry read by actors can be famously problematic. The temptation to emote when less would be more has resulted in...

    25. April 13, 2016

      Songs in the key of Shakespeare

      The audience was chilly and damp. Inside the wooden rotunda, constructed for the occasion on the banks of the Avon, the...

    26. March 24, 2016

      Oxford Literary Festival: Shakespeare’s year

      In the summer of 1769, a delegation from the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire travelled to London to...

    27. March 24, 2016

      Shakespeare in art

      There is no balcony in the stage directions for Romeo and Juliet, no heath mentioned in King Lear, and barely a...

    28. March 9, 2016

      Golden Hours (As You Like It), Sadler’s Wells, London — ‘Punishingly glum’

      Say what you like about Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (and I often do), she thinks on a grand scale. Mozart, Mahler and...

    29. March 3, 2016

      Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare, Barbican, London

      The potential for wackiness is high. As part of the international “Shakespeare 400” celebrations — marking the...

    30. February 25, 2016

      A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon — ‘Tentative’

      To commemorate the quatercentenary of Shakespeare’s death, the RSC has staged a touring production of his best-loved...

    31. February 8, 2016

      The Winter’s Tale, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London — ‘A lovely, delicate staging’

      “Exit, pursued by . . . ” Well, from my vantage point in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, something large, looming and...

    32. February 2, 2016

      Shakespeare’s will shows he was seasoned property investor

      The 400-year-old quill strokes may be minuscule and faded but they are strikingly emphatic. “By me William Shakespeare”...

    33. February 1, 2016

      Magdalena Kožená, Wigmore Hall, London — ‘Delightful’

      As soon as this recital was announced, it became the hot ticket in Wigmore Hall’s song recital series — and not just...

    34. January 28, 2016

      LPO/Jurowski, Royal Festival Hall, London — ‘Ambitious’

      Imagine an experimental production of Hamlet. The “To be or not to be” monologue becomes a discussion for two. The...

    35. January 13, 2016

      Accounting rules: the lessor of two evils

      What’s in a name? That which we call debt by any other name would weigh as much. This bastardised Shakespeare is an...

    36. January 12, 2016

      Richard III, Odéon — Théâtre de l’Europe, Paris — ‘A whiff of postmodern nihilism’

      It’s not easy to follow Thomas Ostermeier. The German director’s production of Richard III for the Schaubühne was one...

    37. January 7, 2016

      Shakespeare’s Globe director opens the doors to gender parity

      When Emma Rice, the incoming artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, announced her inaugural London season this week,...

    38. FT Alphaville

      January 7, 2016

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Wednesday, - Bernanke on tantrums and hot money: How does Fed policy affect global financial stability? -...

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