Ten Reasons We Need a Feminist Macbeth in the 21st Century

Sally O'Reilly | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sally O'Reilly

Macbeth is up there with Shakespeare's complex alpha males: ambitious, ruthless, dangerous. So it may seem surprising that director Justin Kurzel puts women and children at the centre of the action in his adaptation of the tragedy.

Hello Sweet Art: The Culture of My Dreams

Jessie Thompson | Posted 10.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

I'm not saying I have a gift but I have correctly predicted the winner of the Great British Bake Off four years in a row. Does this mean I should be given Paul Hollywood's job? They've asked but I told them it was important that the judging maintained its gender balance.

The 12 Must-Sees At The London Film Festival

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Entertainment

After 59 years, the BFI London Film Festival has earned itself a spot, alongside Toronto, Cannes and Sundance as one of the world's most fertile soils...

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Power Couples?

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Entertainment

With Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard bringing Shakespeare's most complicated power couple to the screen this week in Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth'...

Something Wicked This Way Comes - On the (Virtual) Set of Macbeth

Roger Crow | Posted 30.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Director Kit Monkman, one of the brains behind critically acclaimed school drama The Knife That Killed Me, is currently at work in East Yorkshire on his interpretation of this timeless classic.

FIRST LOOK: Michael Fassbender On Fine Form As 'Macbeth'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

The first trailer for the stunning new screen version of 'Macbeth' has appeared, showing Michael Fassbender in spellbinding form as the demonised Scot...

'Double, Double, Toil and Trouble': The Weird Sisters in Costumes?!

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

When writing the play 'Macbeth', however, Shakespeare did not make the Weird Sisters appear clearly feminine or masculine. An alternate analysis of costuming in Shakespeare explains that instead of simply filling in checklists of gender codes, Shakespeare's characters were dressed in different costume elements that mattered to a variety of degrees.

The Hex Factor: The Top Ten Best Witches

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK

SEE ALSO: The Top Ten Vampires Who Definitely Don't Suck Whether she's zipping past a full moon atop a broomstick, threatening Judy Garland or prof...

William Shakespeare's 'As You Like It', Harrogate

James Willstrop | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
James Willstrop

The story is dominated by the relationship between Rosalind, arguably Shakespeare's most memorable, and perhaps most comedic female character, and Orlando. Their journey to courtship effectuates a witty if far-fetched series of circumstances.

VOTE: Should Fassbender Play Macbeth?

PA | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Entertainment

Michael Fassbender is "attached" to play Macbeth in an upcoming film, according to reports. The Shame star could be headed for the title role of th...

Oxford Professors Bust 30 Great Myths About Shakespeare

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

This is a good book by trustworthy Shakespeareans. Not especially reader-friendly in style but quite comprehensive, well-grounded, objective and informed. The individual myths, structured into moderate-length essays (thus you do not have to read them in order), can be excellent for discussions in the classroom or lecture-room.

James McAvoy Halts Macbeth To Confront Audience Member

The Huffington Post UK | Matthew Tucker | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Entertainment

Theatre rage - it happens to the best of us. You may not have experienced it in the stalls of your local ‘am-dram’, but we all know the veil of...

Matthew Tucker

James McAvoy's Macbeth (REVIEW) | Matthew Tucker | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

Don't mention The Scottish Play. The theatrical superstition to never utter Shakespeare's Macbeth inside a theatre has been cast aside by direc...

James McAvoy Shines in Jamie Lloyd's Triumphant Macbeth

Alex Andreou | Posted 27.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Alex Andreou

It would be a cliché to say that James McAvoy inhabited the part; also inaccurate. It's much closer to the truth to say that he was possessed by it. Every beautifully rolled Scottish word, sounded like it had just occurred to him and issued forth that moment for the first time.

Minimum Pricing: Not Just a Scottish Play

Ayo Akintola | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK Politics
Ayo Akintola

When I heard about the beginning of the consultation on minimum pricing for alcohol, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Is it good or bad? All is not as straightforward as it seems.

Abridge Too Far: Or, How I Changed Oliver Jeffers' Mind About Peter Pan

Jane Graham | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Jane Graham

Peter Pan is a great book which has been particularly badly served by the abridging brigade, but there are many others. The more I consider it, the more malevolent the practise seems.

Shakespeare on Toast: The Scottish Play-Guy Fawkes, Will's Rhymes and Other Bardic Delights

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

I particularly appreciate Crystal's frankness and open-mindedness - he never claims every line Shakespeare wrote is sacred. Nor does he blindly accept all of Shakespeare's plays as equally brilliant.

Plans For The Bard's Big Birthday

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.01.2013 | Home

Thousands of children are to be given the chance to stage a Shakespeare play in a theatre to mark the 450th anniversary of the Bard's birth in 2014. ...