William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing At Selfridges

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

The Faction theatre company and Selfridges have come together to create a production that makes the work of William Shakespeare very accessible and engaging. Elements including fashion, social media and tabloids are effectively incorporated to provide parallels to modern times.

The Properties Of Shakespeare

Hugo Clark | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hugo Clark

Did Shakespeare gain experience of the real estate world during his lost years (1588 - 1592) through some sort of commercial or legal apprenticeship, or did he draw on first-hand knowledge gained once he started to make his way in London as a writer? What we do know is that Shakespeare had first-hand experience of a particularly combative lease renewal which threatened the very source of his own prosperity.

Why the Bard Changed My Songwriting Life

Becca Stevens | Posted 11.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Becca Stevens

I was born into a musical family in North Carolina. Music ushered me into life quite literally because my dad was playing the Irish fiddle in the delivery room when I was born. I began singing in our family band The Tune Mammals at the age of 2. When my dad gave me my first guitar lesson at the age of 12, I immediately started making up my own songs. I never took to the piano, but when I picked up the guitar, I found a vehicle to express my inner voice as a songwriter.

All The Story of The Night Told Over...

Caragh Little | Posted 07.06.2016 | 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.

You're Quoting Shakespeare Every Day - Without Even Knowing It!

Bill Coles | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

Not to lay it on with a trowel, but... when we talk of towers of strength; or sea changes; or pounds of flesh; or pomp and circumstance; or the dogs of war - or even the Queen's English, then it's Shakespeare!

Much Ado About Nothing

Adam Lee-Potter | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Lee-Potter

I'm not alone. A new report by the British Council reveals that 34% of the UK can't stand the Bard. So why don't more of us say so? This silent suffering has become middle England's last taboo. The world might think we adore Shakespeare, our supposed national icon. But we don't: you can have him.

Assessing Shakespeare at 400 and Making Sure He Didn't Cheat on His Homework

Iain Aitch | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Iain Aitch

It seems remarkable that one man's legacy can still be having such a cultural impact on a nation 400 years after his death. But Shakespeare is no ordinary literary figure, with his work still being seen as a benchmark of the written word across the globe.

Shakespeare Or Fakespeare? See If You Can Recognise The Words Invented By The Bard

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK

Although the exact date of William Shakespeare’s death is not recorded, it’s traditionally accepted as 23 April, 1616, meaning it was 400 years ag...

Shakespeare: A Wonderfully Filthy Bugger

Lewis Ironside | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lewis Ironside

Perhaps it's because he was also responsible for so much of our literary history that we consider him mandatory for our offsprings' education, but surely no writer in the English language has ever written such beautifully obscene poems, plays and passages.

'Now Bid Me Run, and I Will Strive With Things Impossible'

Conrad Bird | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Politics
Conrad Bird

This year the GREAT Britain campaign, which promotes the best of Britain across the world, is celebrating Shakespeare's 400th Anniversary. Shakespear...

'Countryfile' Secure HUGE Name For Shakespeare Special

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

Dame Judi Dench is set to star in a very special edition of 'Countryfile' this weekend, as the show celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakes...

PMQs: Watch David Cameron Make Painful Shakespeare 'Jokes'

The Huffington Post UK | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has received disappointing reviews after deploying William Shakespeare-based puns to embarrass Jeremy Corbyn over his protracted “reve...

Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Stars in Hamlet, Barbican Centre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Benedict's Hamlet is sarcastic, mean, aloof to his girlfriend and vicious to his mother. He also hams up the supposed mental illness for all its worth, causing much laughter in the auditorium as his Hamlet mocks himself up as a toy soldier brought to life just to confuse and baffle those around him.

Historian Claims To Have Discovered Contemporary Portrait Of Shakespeare

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK

Questions surround the life of William Shakespeare, the most famous playwright the world has ever produced: was he really the author of the plays; did...

If Shakespearean Insults Were Motivational Posters

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK Comedy

'Tis April - the month in which we commemorate both the Bard's birth and death. And several hundred years later, the great William Shakespeare continu...

'Accidence Will Happen' - A Brilliant New Grammar Book for Anyone Who Loves English

Bill Coles | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bill Coles

What is so insufferable about the sticklers is that they will brook no argument. They primly purse their mouths. They stop you mid-anecdote and then they trot out this mealy-mouthed line that they have been using for decades and decades: "I think you mean 'fewer' rather than 'less."

The Merchant of Venice Goes to Vegas at Almeida Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Shakespeare's classic tale becomes The Merchant of the Venetian as director Rupert Goold replaces the play's traditional setting of Venice with the casino floors and glitzy lights of Las Vegas, complete with Elvis impersonators, Vegas showgirls and even Cirque de Soleil-style gymnasts.

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.

Rare First Folio Of Shakespeare Discovered In French Library

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK

An extremely rare First Folio of the plays of Williams Shakespeare has been uncovered in France, having sat undisturbed for more than 400 years in the...

All-Female Henry IV Takes Over at Donmar Warehouse

Victoria Sadler | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I &II have been compressed and transformed into a two-hour prison drama with an all-female cast in this bold production at the Donmar Warehouse.

'Thou Art As Loathsome As A Toad': If Shakespearean Insults Were Used Today

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Comedy

Anglophenia's Siobhan Thompson has already shown the world how to insult someone like a Brit. Now, she's taking it one stage further - and taking i...

The Ramifications of Disliking a Shakespeare Play

Ioan Marc Jones | Posted 29.10.2014 | 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 22.09.2014 | 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 11.09.2014 | 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 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.