William Shakespeare

The Ramifications of Disliking a Shakespeare Play

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ioan Marc Jones

I was paradoxically condemned to be both pretentious and a philistine. I was both too smart and too dumb. I was, ultimately, just plain old wrong. My family's condemnations were, much like A Midsummer Night's Dream, rather bland and confusing.

How to Sleep Well

Rachel Kelly | Posted 24.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Kelly

Our bodies are cleverer than our minds. When we are truly tired, we will fall asleep. Sleeping is a natural action. You don't have to do anything to get to sleep. It is not humanly possible to stay awake forever. The one topic that mustn't be on one's list of worries is sleep itself. That is what can stop you from sleeping and make you ill, both physically and psychologically.

Review: Martin Freeman in Richard III, Trafalgar Studios

Victoria Sadler | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

I guess it comes down to how you like your Richard III. I prefer mine to be brooding with conspiracy and charisma, for me to be sickened and amused by him in equal measure.

The Overnight Success of the Bard

Ben Crystal | Posted 12.07.2014 | 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.

Richard III's 'Hunchback' Was Exaggerated By Shakespeare (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK

William Shakespeare made much of Richard III’s spinal deformity, calling him a “bunch-backed toad” but a new study has shown the king was hardly...

Why Was Shakespeare Performed Inside Broadmoor Hospital - A High-Security psychiatric unit?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dr Raj Persaud

Psychoanalysts, including Sigmund Freud himself, have interpreted a great deal of hidden meaning and deep insight into the human condition in Shakespeare's plays. For example, some psychoanalysts see special significance in the title of Hamlet, written in approximately 1601, given Shakespeare's own son, named Hamnet, died in 1596.

Shakespeare: A Hit, A Very Palpable Hit

John Worne | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
John Worne

There's the one thing that underpins all of this - as Hamlet said, 'the play's the thing'. The reason Shakespeare's words are our words, and his works are our children's school work, is the substance. Content is king.

What Shakespeare and Farage Have in Common

Bonnie Greer | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Politics
Bonnie Greer

So what if his 'loss of control' UKIP EU 2014 election posters offend some people? He'snot talking to them/me anyway. Like Shakespeare, Farage knows his audience. Meanwhile, Cameron, Miliband and Clegg have paid for guys from abroad to help them.

45 Phrases Coined By Shakespeare

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Comedy

SEE ALSO: 20 Great Shakespearean Insults Happy 450th birthday, William Shakespeare! You don't look a day over 449. And if you want to use this o...

Shakespeare's Cities: The Best of Shakespeare's Story Settings

Adam Bown | Posted 22.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Bown

Start at Rialto Bridge to re-live heated conversations from The Merchant of Venice and experience the views this tourist trap offers over the city's canals. Take a trip to the area known as the 'Jewish Ghetto' and see one of the city's stunning synagogues, like the Levantine Synagogue, where Al Pacino prayed in the role of Shylock in the 2004 film.

Theatre Review: King Lear, National Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

In this version of King Lear at the National Theatre, Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale have created a dark, violent depiction of the last days of a mad dictator.

Theatre Review: Tom Hiddleston Commands as Coriolanus

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Donmar's production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus is a vivid, dramatic production that brings out all the blood, bravery and heartbreak in this tragedy. And its leading man steals the show with a remarkable performance.

On Books and a Giant of a Man, Nelson Mandela

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

On books As I get older, I tend to read very old books. Centuries old. Modern writing has become something of a mystery to me and I eschew best seller...

Theatre Review: Jude Law Shines as Henry V

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Jude Law's performance as Henry V is unequivocally the best acting performance I've ever seen from him. His Henry is full of contradictions - his possessive belief that he is blessed by God masks him to the tyrant he is.

Remixing Othello to a Beat I Like

Naana Orleans-Amissah | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Naana Orleans-Amissah

I'd heard of the production before. They had performed in the UK last year as part of the Cultural Olympiad, and a friend who had seen it then, had said it had been the best thing on stage in that celebration.

There's Ill A-Brewing..

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education

A university's plans to sell a set of rare Shakespeare plays to raise money for research have been condemned as an "act of stupidity", with fears the ...

Wimbledon, Shakespeare, And Strawberries

Daniel Parker | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK Sport
Daniel Parker

It's time to dust off your racket and wrestle the tennis balls from your dog's mouth. Wimbledon 2013 is upon us! Wimbledon is now as much a feature of the British summer as barbecues, Henley Royal Regatta, and summer rain.

History? Culture? Send for the Bulldozers

James Ruddick | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
James Ruddick

Only in England could this happen: in a few days' time a judicial review will decide whether the countryside immediately surrounding Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon can be torn up to make way for a new housing estate. No, seriously.

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.

'Thou Mis-Shapen Dick!' 20 Great Shakespearean Insults

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Comedy

SEE ALSO: 45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare April 23rd isn't just St George's Day, of course. It's also the date of William Shakespeare's b...

National Shakespeare Night? The Queen says 'Ay!'

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 28.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

The 400 years have made it clear by now that we can never get enough of Shakespeare. And it is high time there was an official National Shakespeare Night.

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.

David Cameron is Richard III - With Apologies to the Bard

Robin Lustig | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Enter Richard III, who in this production closely resembles David Cameron.

Where Does Richard III's Skeleton Leave Shakespeare?

PA | Posted 06.04.2013 | Home

Today's confirmation that remains found beneath a car park in Leicester are those of the last Plantagenet king of England will not strip the mystery f...

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. ...