As COVID restrictions ease, Ian McKellen’s take on Hamlet reminds us of how theatres dealt with similar situations during the bard’s time.
When the future is clearly changing but we can’t focus on tomorrow, should we just keep dancing? Pamela Rabe anchors the absurdity of The Cherry Orchard.
The founder of the Bell Shakespeare Company has written a book gleaning leadership wisdom from the bard. But figures such as Richard III and Julius Caesar are hardly ones to emulate.
Addressed to a ‘fair youth’ and later, ‘a dark lady’, the sonnets are less well known than Shakespeare’s plays. A journey into them is an unsettling and beguiling literary adventure.
Neil Armfield’s production of the Benjamin Britten opera is a triumph of sure-footed direction, subtle vocal shadings, brilliant comic timing and orchestral precision.
Do you see a fearsome predator? A fragile icon of impending extinction? What these arctic giants have stood for in art has continually evolved.
We might be separated but poems can help bridge the gap and express the sadness of being apart this Valentine’s Day.
They can seem daunting to write but are wonderful to receive so here are a handful of tips to write your own love poem.
It was the film that put the gangsta in Shakespeare: loud, brash, and brimming with pistols and gold chains.
Shakespeare understood that our fate depends on fostering the humility and empathy that dethrones money and transforms it into something we use to advance the common good.
The role of witches in society relates directly to the role of women in society. And during times of social upheaval and changes, witches represent access to women’s power.
Rolling Stone gave this modern adaptation of Twelfth Night one star – but She’s The Man is actually an intelligent and nuanced look at the performance of gender.
You might think he’s the hero of his own story but the murder happy Hamlet is really an unconscionable brute.
A classics scholar and poet turns to Greek mythology, especially the story of Oedipus the King, to explain the drama – or perhaps tragedy – that is taking place in the highest office in the land.
Puritans were often depicted as fools until they had a shot at government, and then the humour got darker.
From ‘islands of pain’ to the ‘peril of exposure,’ writers have captured the fear, emptiness and despair that characterize life during the current pandemic, writes a poet and English scholar.
From cholera outbreaks to public health actions, war metaphors have long been used to describe diseases, to show what we fear and to explain our world to ourselves.
New technology is helping archaeologists uncover details of the playwright’s home, workplaces and his final resting place.
The Bard’s plays have an unfair reputation for being hard. You’re probably reading them in the wrong way.
Plague ravaged England repeatedly during Shakespeare’s lifetime. The playwright translated the experience of sickness and restoration in many ways on the stage.