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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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’...

  9. 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...

  10. June 24, 2014

    Macbeth, former Staatsoper rehearsal hall, Berlin – review

    This is not Shakespeare, not Verdi, and not Berlin’s Staatsoper as we know it. In the dusty ruins of what was once a...

  11. June 17, 2014

    Much Ado About Nothing, Delacorte Theater, New York – review

    I always leave an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing happy: the only question is how happy. In the case of the...

  12. June 15, 2014

    Mr Burns, Almeida Theatre, London – review

    “Worst. Post-apocalyptic dystopia. Ever,” as The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy might say. We don’t know what disaster has struck...

  13. June 6, 2014

    Star Trek inspires minister to plead for new arts frontiers

    Sajid Javid, the new culture secretary, quoted from Star Trek as the former investment banker implored the arts sector to...

  14. May 29, 2014

    Antony and Cleopatra

    Eve Best made a lovely Beatrice here in Much Ado About Nothing and now she takes on another great Shakespeare character who...

  15. May 7, 2014

    Arden of Faversham, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon – review

    The stage is littered with maneki-neko, those golden, Oriental, waving cat figurines; as we enter, the title character’s...

  16. May 2, 2014

    ‘Titus Andronicus’, Shakespeare’s Globe, London – review

    The atmosphere is pretty edgy even before the killing starts in Lucy Bailey’s excellent production of Shakespeare’s goriest...

  17. April 25, 2014

    Much ado and many a marketing bash

    In case you haven’t noticed, it is Shakespeare’s birthday this week. Well, technically, that should be the anniversary of...

  18. beyondbrics

    April 23, 2014

    India elections: daily wrap

    India is currently enjoying two of its favourite things – cricket and politics. And on beyondbrics today we look at which of...

  19. April 18, 2014

    The Roaring Girl, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

    As a kind of subplot to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current long-term Complete Works project, deputy artistic director...

  20. April 18, 2014

    Why Shakespeare was also a savvy property investor and developer

    In 2011, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao paid a visit to a long, timber-framed Tudor house on Henley Street in...

  21. April 14, 2014

    No winners in UK’s battle of the bards

    Is there no modern issue on which William Shakespeare does not have something to say? Daniel Hannan, a UK Conservative...

  22. October 10, 2013

    Romeo & Juliet – film review

    Romeo & Juliet is the second film this week (after The Fifth Estate) in which someone called Julian puts the world on...

  23. September 27, 2013

    A walk with the FT: The Stratford-upon-Avon route

    As I turn into the churchyard of Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon, a figure strides to meet me down the path. Greg Doran,...

  24. September 13, 2013

    Interview: Michael Blakemore

    Feuds and power struggles often make great drama: just ask William Shakespeare. But sometimes the friction isn’t only on the...

  25. FT Alphaville

    April 3, 2013

    Further reading

    Eslewhere on Wednesday, - Charter rates plunging again? - Silver is acting more like a base metal. - A shift away from RORO....

  26. January 31, 2013

    Credit due on key strokes of genius

    There is a chance some of us have been underestimating Scott Brown, the former and possible future US senator from...

  27. August 3, 2012

    Anyone seen Shakespeare?

    Too much culture is not a thought I’ve ever knowingly entertained before. But in London’s Olympic year, the creators of the...

  28. July 13, 2012

    To kill, or not to kill?

    After the student uprising of 1976 in Soweto, an event that rekindled the spirit of black resistance against apartheid,...

  29. June 11, 2012

    Ups and downs of British identity

    One British institution is up, another down: the monarchy’s diamond jubilee triumph came at the expense of the pasting taken...

  30. 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...

  31. March 9, 2012

    A kingdom for a house

    Stratford-upon-Avon is best known as the place where William Shakespeare was born and brought up some 400 years ago, but its...

  32. March 1, 2012

    Time to do our duty by Nelson

    From Mr Lester May. Sir, The Bank of England has issued 14 different banknotes since 1980 and one of each of the four...

  33. February 27, 2012

    Scottish rain and English thirst

    When shall we three meet again? In thunder, lightning, or in rain? (William Shakespeare, Macbeth) In Shakespeare’s time,...

  34. November 19, 2011

    Correction: Sharing roots with Shakespeare

    ● John Harvard and William Shakespeare shared roots in the same street in Stratford-upon-Avon. They did not live a few...

  35. November 11, 2011

    Harvard and the Bard

    Just imagine that you are a well-to-do Elizabethan butcher and Puritan sympathiser living in Stratford-upon-Avon. After...

  36. September 6, 2011

    Shakespeare takes centre stage in Cultural Olympiad

    Shakespeare’s famous feuding rivals, the Montagues and Capulets, are to play out their frustrations as Sunnis and Shias when...

  37. August 25, 2011

    Film releases: August 25

    Whenever I see the name Anne Hathaway on a poster, I have a waking nightmare. It is not that she may one day play a role...

  38. June 24, 2011

    Trade tops agenda of Wen visit to UK

    When China’s premier Wen Jiabao arrives in Birmingham on Saturday, there will be two highlights to his visit. He will first...

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