John Bell, pictured here in 2006, is the latest to write a book on Shakespeare and leadership.
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.
Giovanni Cariani, Portrait of Two Young Men. The bulk of the sonnets are addressed to a young man known as the ‘fair youth’.
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.
Caliban implores his fellow island dwellers to listen to the noises in “The Tempest.”
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Scholars have scoured the works of the great playwright for clues about his faith. A scholar of theology and Shakespeare’s works says it isn’t as simple as that.
It was the film that put the gangsta in Shakespeare: loud, brash, and brimming with pistols and gold chains.
Looking closer at the Spanish writer’s life work shows that social and cultural prejudices have kept us from seeing the full picture
Madeleine MacMahon as ‘Sebastianne’ in a live production of The Tempest by Creation Theatre from 2019.
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We can’t go to the theatre but some creative theatre groups are bringing it to us, via Zoom.
Waxwork of Shakespeare by Madame Tussauds in Berlin.
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New technology is helping archaeologists uncover details of the playwright's home, workplaces and his final resting place.
Martin’s Droeshout portrait of William Shakespeare (1623)
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The Bard's plays have an unfair reputation for being hard. You're probably reading them in the wrong way.
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Memoirs of the morning after: because literature tells us the hangover is about so much more than physical symptoms.
Children watch a performance of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe.
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Study uncovers what inner-city teenagers really thing about Hamlet et al.
RIchard Burbage: actor, theatre owner and entrepreneur. Born, January 5 1558, died March 12 1619.
All of Shakespeare’s major male roles were written for Richard Burbage who died in the 1619s.
A United Nations staff member pays tribute to Kofi Annan during a ceremony at the European headquarters of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Kofi Annan and John McCain’s positive eulogies could be because both men seized moments of human dignity and decency.
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Kofi Annan’s tenure began after the reintroduction of two important international security lexicons – peacebuilding and human security.
Francesco Francia, Madonna and Saints (detail).
How would a Jacobean servant react to a trumpet flourish?
John Fead, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, 1851.
The first recorded performance of the theatre company that Shakespeare co-founded was at a playhouse south of the Thames, but was lost to historians for centuries. Now we know where it lies.
William Shakespeare is a sometimes controversial figure in South Africa’s school system.
Most other African countries have a less fractious or problematic relationship to Shakespeare than South Africa does.
The really remarkable thing about Greig’s Malvolia is not that she is a woman. It is that Greig has completely re-conceived Shakespeare’s character.
Virtual reality model of the west wall of the guild chapel, Stratford on Avon.
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Due to recent restoration, the paintings are clearer than they have ever been over the last 600 years.
Anita Francis, ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare,’ book sculpture, 2014. By permission of the artist.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
People hold up face masks with Shakespeare’s portrait during celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of his death this year. It was a completely different story when he died.
This year, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death has been marked by a flood of events around the world. But why did his exit cause so little public grief at the time, in and beyond the country of his birth?