Shakespeare on the Road » Paul Prescott celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on a road trip to 14 Shakespeare festivals all around North America in one remarkable summer Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:23:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Actors’ Voices from the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:01:23 +0000 Greg Vinkler on Falstaff’s self-awareness and on being visited by the fat knight in a dream…

Kevin Gudahl on Brutus and the dilemmas of contemporary politics…

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Nathaniel McIntyre of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival shares his two favourite lines of Duke Senior Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:22:17 +0000

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Emily Landham of the Nashville Shakespeare Festival on the wonderful, wise and wayward Rosalind… Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:13:34 +0000

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Stratford Festival actor Carmen Grant shares a powerful line from King John… Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:54:35 +0000

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Interview with Laura Pogson Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:57:46 +0000 20140822_171022

Laura Pogson recalls how her parents had ‘theatre guests’ staying in their home in the early days of the Festival. Her brothers were ushers and allowed her to sneak into the tent for the opening night and she remembers sitting on the steps as Alec Guinness stepped forward to speak ‘Now is the winter of our discontent.’

In recalling the early days of the Festival, she remembers Tyrone Guthrie’s words of advice, hearing something memorable about Glenn Gould, and the original tent being literally torn to pieces…


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Passing by Niagara en route to Stratford, Ontario Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:08:04 +0000 Niagara


‘The fame of our great dramatist fills the civilized world. Among the poets he is what the cataract of Niagara is among waterfalls.’

William Cullen Bryant, On the unveiling of Shakespeare’s Statue in Central Park May 22 1872

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Another thought for another day in New England… Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:50:51 +0000 Plymouth Rock

‘The Pilgrims came to Plymouth in 1620. The plays of Shakespeare were not published until three years later. Had they been published earlier, our forefathers, or the most poetical among them, might have stayed at home to read them’.

Ralph Waldo Emerson in the Atlantic Monthly (1904)

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Thought for a day in New England… Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:37:12 +0000 emerson.ralph

‘Shakespeare is as much out of the category of eminent authors, as he is out of the crowd. He is inconceivably wise; the others, conceivably. A good reader can, in a sort, nestle into Plato’s brain, and think from thence; but not into Shakespeare’s. We are still out of doors. For executive faculty, for creation, Shakespeare is unique. No man can imagine it better. He was the farthest reach of subtlety compatible with an individual self – the subtlest of authors, and only just within the possibility of authorship.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men (1850)

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Amerinda Shakespeare Ensemble Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:05:15 +0000 On the evening of Wednesday 13th August, we were privileged to attend a one-off workshop by the Amerinda Shakespeare Ensemble at Theatre Row on 42nd St. After the workshop, we talked with Diane Fraher, founder and director of Amerinda, the only organisation of its kind for native people, and Madeline Sayet, resident director and director of the Amerinda Shakespeare Ensemble. Here they discuss the dilemmas posed by working with Shakespeare, the overlaps between the oral culture of native Americans and that of early modern England, and – with an eye to the Wooster Group’s current production of Troilus and Cressida – how far there is still to go in terms of white culture’s representation of native Americans…

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Debra Ann Byrd Fri, 15 Aug 2014 16:13:35 +0000 The Harlem Shakespeare Festival is now celebrating its second anniversary but would not exist at all if it weren’t for the energy, passion and vision of Debra Ann Byrd, its Artistic Director. I once heard Lisa Wolpe describe Debra Ann as a thing of ‘fabulosity’ – for some sense of what that might mean, listen to the interview we captured earlier this week in Harlem…

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