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What It Is Like Directing A Shakespearean Masterpiece

Phillip Othen | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Entertainment

Perhaps it’s always a good time to put on Shakespeare’s Rome plays, as themes of power, betrayal and leadership are never out of vogue. But in the...

In The Shadow Of A Giant

Grainne Gillis | Posted 13.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Grainne Gillis

I was thinking about Sir Peter the other day and did a Google of him - I was sorry to learn he had dementia. I've sung a great deal for dementia sufferers over the last few years, and the thought of that brilliant mind adrift caused me some sadness

Royal Shakespeare Company Founder Sir Peter Hall Dies, Aged 86

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Entertainment

Sir Peter Hall, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former Nation Theatre director, has died at the aged of 86. The Nation Theatre announced...

Writing The Earthworks

Tom Morton-Smith | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Tom Morton-Smith

There's a sweet-spot I'm always looking for when I'm writing, and I don't always find it, but it's when I stop writing the characters' lines and they just start talking of their own accord. The characters just lift off the page and every word becomes somehow inevitable because that's simply how those characters talk - that's how those characters respond to the given situation.

Cotton Knickers, Faux Fur

Buhle Ngaba | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK Entertainment
Buhle Ngaba

I am an actress and the truest things I know are a stage, faux fur, black literature and cotton knickers. It really isn't a lie when I say I wasn't trying to be an author. It happened by the virtue of a forgetful mind ,a spilt cup of tea, some magic and five pieces of paper. With this haphazard spell, I broke the internet on a Wednesday afternoon. Literally.

We Can't Afford Five More Years of BP-Sponsored Culture

Dr Chris Garrard | Posted 03.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
Dr Chris Garrard

We should not accept corporate sponsorship or privatisation in the arts as a given, and be short-changed on the values that should be at the heart of our art-making. Starting today, it's time we made these museums and galleries properly accountable to the public, and not to BP.

All The Story of The Night Told Over...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Caragh Little

This was a special production, too, in that the parts of Shakespeare's 'Mechanicals', the working men of Athens who stage the play-within-a-play at Theseus and Hippolyta's wedding feast, were played by actors from local amateur dramatic groups in each region visited by the tour, and the parts of fairy attendants being played by local schoolchildren.

Theatre Review: Oppenheimer, Vaudeville Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Oppenheimer is a powerful, intelligent, huge scope of a play that examines J. Robert Oppenheimer, the man at the centre of the Manhattan Project, and the professional and personal cost he paid to create the atomic bomb.

How I Came to Write 'Oppenheimer'

Tom Morton-Smith | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tom Morton-Smith

The threat of nuclear annihilation seemed an ever present theme in the culture I absorbed growing up - it was there in the origin stories of the Daleks and the Incredible Hulk, it was there in Raymond Briggs' When the Wind Blows, it was there in Threads.

The Darker Side of Valentines

Professor Martin White | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Professor Martin White

Just as we do today, lovers in Ford's day, and in his plays, saw the heart as the symbol of love, but also as the core of our being, where we hold our most profound feelings.

Review: Henry IV Parts One and Two, Royal Shakespeare Company

Victoria Sadler | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Anthony Sher is the star casting as Falstaff and, of course, he is superb. Everything about his performance is superb - the delivery, the warmth, Falstaff's arrogance and his manipulation of those around him, and that great speech on the eve of war on the perversity of honour is moving and powerful.

The Overnight Success of the Bard

Ben Crystal | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Crystal

It's understood that he started as an actor, learning his craft as an unknown. What he did next was extremely canny, and something somewhat outside the realms of possibility for writers, producers, or actors in this modern world.

Shakespeare Institute Students Wow Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

If you could ask Shakespeare one thing, what would it be? Building on this question, the MA Shakespeare and Creativity students at the Shakespeare Ins...

As You Like It in Review: RSC Has Got a New Peggy Ashcroft?

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

Maria Aberg has done it again. The way she could make an incredibly tasteful use of balloons and confetti in King John last year, she has now succeeded in creating an enchanted forest of Arden with boots, blankets and beams.

David Tennant Brings The Bard To A Screen Near You

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

David Tennant's face will be beamed into schools across the UK later in the year, when the Royal Shakespeare Company streams its production of Richard...

Phil Daniels: New Movie 'Vinyl' Takes On the Music Business

Jason Holmes | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

The stars and director of new British film Vinyl chat to Jason Holmes about how pulling together on a small-budget film makes for some tidy work.

RSC's African Caesar - A Production With Flying Colours

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 20.02.2013 | Home
Annie Martirosyan

It is a wonder how natural Shakespeare's timeless language gushes from the mouths of the "black Romans" in semi-modernised costumes. If Julius Caesar were the only play the phenomenal Gregory Doran had ever directed, he would still contend for the title of the best Shakespeare director ever.

RSC Boss: 'Theatre Is A Sexist World'

PA | Posted 11.07.2012 | Home

The Royal Shakespeare Company's outgoing artistic director has warned against deeper cuts to the arts and lamented the unequal footing for women in Br...

Black Actor White Script?

David McAlmont | Posted 16.07.2012 | UK Entertainment
David McAlmont

Award winning actor and writer Cyril Nri and I are cogitating thus because an actor we know, one decorated by Her Majesty for services to British acting and star of a hit US series, has had his remarks, regarding slim-pickings for black actors, turned into this broadsheet headline, "David Harewood: as a black actor there are very few roles for me in Britain".

Patrick Stewart Frightened By 'Crazy' Co-Stars

PA | Posted 09.06.2012 | Home

Star Trek actor Sir Patrick Stewart has revealed that he is frightened of performing fight scenes on stage - because of previous bad experiences with ...

Audiences Walk Out Of RSC Play Depicting Gang Rape, Fellatio And Torture

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 24.12.2011 | UK

Scenes of rape, torture and nudity have forced up to 80 theatre-goers to walk out of a Royal Shakespeare Company production. A dwarf performing fel...

Review of the RSC's Cardenio: Shakespeare Lost and Found, or Fletcher Restored?

Lesel Dawson | Posted 01.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Lesel Dawson

The RSC's Cardenio, currently playing at the The Swan in Stratford-upon-Avon, is a brilliant and audacious attempt to reimagine a lost Shakespearean p...

'Unprecedented' Global Shakespeare Gathering Planned For 2012 | Posted 05.11.2011 | UK Entertainment

An "unprecedented gathering" of global performers and artists is to be revealed later today as part of the World Shakespeare Festival....