Articles tagged macbeth, shakespeare, patrick stewart, rupert goold, bbc shakespeare

‘Much Ado About Nothing’: Joss Whedon’s Backyard

As the title announces, these romantic games are more or less nothing. What becomes something, even as it is a lie, is the besmirching of Hero to the point that she appears to deserve, in this man's world, all manner of outcasting, even unto death.

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History as Fiction / Fiction as History: The Allure of the Historical Novel

Because history can be seen to be a malleable artifact, it’s a useful tool to employ when writing fiction. Because history is often chaotic, fiction can be the best way to approach it.

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The 10 Greatest Shakespeare Film Adaptations of All Time

While some want to question his authorship, there is no denying the lasting influence of William Shakespeare. These 10 titles prove that with accolades to spare.

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Shakespeare Bites Back: Stratford Takes on Hollywood

Eminent Shakespeare scholars present their argument in response to the upcoming release of Roland Emmerich's Anonymous.

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Rufus Wainwright: All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu

Much as we don't go to Las Vegas looking for a quaint bed-and-breakfast, we don't go to Rufus Wainwright looking for John Denver. It is drama we seek and drama we get -- emotional spectacle of the highest order.

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Between His Madness and Grief and Between Grief and His Grave—Ah, Poor Hamlet!

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet, starring David Tennant and Patrick Stewart, has been hailed as the definitive Hamlet for a new generation.

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Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare

For anyone who appreciates acting this is highly recommended; for anyone studying acting, it's essential. If everything this educational was this entertaining, everyone in the world would have a Ph.D.

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Star Trek captain and Shakespearean actor extraordinaire Patrick Stewart sees no point to Twitter, believing life can’t be condensed into snippets. He’s not

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So Long as Men Can Breathe by Clinton Heylin

It’s entirely refreshing to read about Shakespeare without the hushed tone of literary sanctity, while preserving the rigors of good research.

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4 Jul 2009 // 5:29 AM

Musicals top the Bard in a topsy-turvy year for Stratford

STRATFORD, Canada — Antoni Cimolino and Des McAnuff, the duopoly in charge of the beloved Stratford Shakespeare Festival, began their annual letter to patrons with a

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19 Jun 2009 // 4:18 AM

Anne Hathaway adds her star power to ‘Twelfth Night’

NEW YORK — What is it about “Twelfth Night” that turns New York into theater camp for movie stars in the summertime? Shakespeare created his mystical

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McKellen’s ‘King Lear’ comes to the most convenient theater in the world: your living room

Catching Ian McKellen’s tour-de-force performance at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis required connections, a small fortune or lots of luck. Now all you need

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William Shakespeare, the man, playwright and poet, has been portrayed onscreen since the dawn of motion pictures. But with the exception of Joseph Fiennes’ performance

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The Anton Chekhov Collection

A superbly acted, exhaustively complete summary of the great Russian’s dramas that provides real depth of insight into the plays and their possibilities.

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20 Aug 2007 // 4:48 AM

‘As You Like It,’ premiering Tuesday on HBO

In directing a new version of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” Kenneth Branagh fosters a giddy sort of freedom in his actors. Branagh’

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14 Aug 2007 // 3:03 AM

Kenneth Branagh takes Shakespeare to Japan for HBO

Irish actor Kenneth Branagh just cannot leave well enough alone. Not only is he an actor of note (he’s been dubbed the heir apparent

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16 May 2007 // 3:00 AM

Shakespeare the Thinker by A.D. Nuttall

To be or not to be a philosopher did not concern Shakespeare, so far as we know. And we know very little.

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The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

When the big firefight finally comes, it's delivered with such killer and off-kilter panache that Elmore Leonard would be envious.

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26 Mar 2007 // 3:18 AM

Cowabunga! ‘TMNT’ rules

All it took to conquer 300 indomitable Spartan warriors was four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. “TMNT,” the animated green guys’ return to the big screen after 14

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23 Mar 2007 // 4:27 AM

TMNT (2007)

The CGI allows the Turtles to have facial expressions, though here these mostly range from angsty to angstier.

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'Staircase' Is Gay in a Melancholy Way

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"Unfairly cast aside as tasteless during its time for its depiction of homosexuality, Staircase is a serious film in need of a second critical appraisal.

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