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Creative Casting of Revenge Tragedy: “Romeo and Juliet” meets “Game of Thrones”

8 July 2016

One of Shakespeare’s earliest revenge tragedies is Romeo and Juliet. I’m a big fan of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation, and was looking forward to seeing if Sir Kenneth...

Shakespeare’s Birthday Resolutions: 2016 edition!

20 April 2016

Happy birthday, Shakespeare! I know, I know, April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, but “Happy Deathday!” doesn’t have the same...

The Fassbender Macbeth and Shakespearean Riddles

14 January 2016

I finally got the chance to see the 2015 film adaptation of Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel and starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Based on the after-show rumblings,...

Creative casting: Benedict Cumberbatch as Hamlet

27 May 2015

The beauty of Shakespeare’s drama is its versatility: it has reached audiences throughout the ages as a product of its time, and as a perfect vessel to communicate the cultural...