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Donald Trump and Shakespeare

18 June 2017

A scene from the New York production of Julius Caesar Shakespeare’s fascination with politics can be seen in many of his plays, not only those directly based on British history....

Before Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Institute

11 June 2017

A summer of great events for those interested in Shakespeare and his theatrical background is just getting under way. From 12-30 June 2017 the fifth play-reading marathon will be held...

The power of poetry

25 May 2017

In the last few months I’ve been finding it hard to concentrate on Shakespeare: it’s all seemed trivial compared with the important issues that confront us like deciding...

Bram and the Guv’nor: Henry Irving and his manager onstage together

16 May 2017

Henry Irving as Hamlet Through his novel Dracula and the numerous adaptations of it, writer Bram Stoker is probably now better known than the man who was his “Guv’nor”,...