Vumani Oedipus being staged at the Market Theatre in Johannesburg.
Is there value in reviving Western classics in post-colonial (South) Africa? Is this not perpetuating Western cultural imperialism?
Shakespeare's plays have kept “this glorious and well-foughten field” alive, championing its power as a myth of national unity and heroism.
Rokia Traoré’s poetic lyrics expand the themes of love, jealously and pride in Desdemona.
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The Melbourne Festival production of Desdemona, written by Toni Morrison and with music by Malian songstress Rokia Traore, puts the women of Shakespeare's Othello centre stage.
Macbeth: I’m not all bad. Honest.
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Shakespeare cast the Scottish king as the ultimate villain, but you shouldn't believe everything you see on stage or screen
The latest version of Macbeth is stunningly cinematic and vehemently Scottish.
Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth is beautiful, but fails to reach the dramatic depths of other adaptions.
The latest filmmaker to try his hand at Macbeth, Justin Kurzel has delivered a cinematic masterpiece, but shies away from the wicked depths of his villains.
What does telling the story of the long-running conflict in the Congo through the lens of Verdi’s Macbeth teach us? Owen Metsileng and Nobulumko Mngxek in Macbeth.
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Brett Bailey's Macbeth at Brisbane Festival is a powerful production that relocates Verdi's opera (based on Shakespeare’s play) to the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
English caricaturist Richard Newton’s 1798 cartoon depicts John Bull farting on the face of King George III.
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They're rude, crude and uncouth. So what makes farts so funny?
Benedict Cumberbatch and cast in rehearsal.
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What makes Hamlet the career defining role it is today?
Up in flames: the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare in 2014 was a smoke-filled celebration.
South African forensics may provide clues to the 400-year-old mystery of what was smoked in pipes found in Shakespeare's garden.
Actor Joseph Marcell plays the lead role in The Globe’s production of Shakespeare’s King Lear in Malta, Valletta. Shakespeare divides opinions and his texts often terrify learners.
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Is there a place for Shakespeare in African schools, or is his time long past?
From “Ha!” to “LOL,” laughter in text can take on a number of forms and meanings.
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Shakespeare didn't 'lol,' but he did 'ha, ha, he.'
Sport for Jove’s production of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice is now onstage in Sydney.
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Sport for Jove's The Merchant of Venice is a production of ourstanding clarity, making it ideal for students or perhaps even those who simply don’t often see Shakespeare in the theatre.
Bringing sexy back?
Obsessing about the bard's dashing good looks won't help us understand his works.
The pantheon of the Bard’s plays is now larger by one – or so the headlines would have you believe.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Double Falsehood was recently "found" and confirmed as being by Shakespeare. But that's not what the researchers behind the computational tests actually said. So what's up?
It’s not that Shakespeare needs to burn out – but it’s time for him to fade away.
When literary studies degrees focus almost entirely on the work of white, male writers, we do our students and the academy a great disservice.
A 1964 Soviet stamp depicts William Shakespeare.
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Centuries before the internet, Shakespeare became a global phenomenon.
Don’t let those pensive eyes deceive you.
This annual day of mass salivation is more than a little depressing.
Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Books and the ballot box have a long and winding history.
Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dickens: are there no new books to compare?
Do English texts stay the same over the decades because there are no good modern books? Or because the process of selecting new books is just too hard?