Reinventing Shakespeare: Why His Stories Are Timeless

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I often wonder what Shakespeare would think of his legacy. It would be difficult to imagine what ambitions he had when he began his writing career. Eternal fame, legendary status was, perhaps, not on his bucket list. To say Shakespeare has become immortal through his sonnets and plays would be a slight on the truth. [….]

Celebrating Shakespeare: A Review of ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare

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Hamlet, as a work of literature, is a stunning enigma.  One of the most readable of William Shakespeare’s plays, it is also the one which perhaps demands the most talented of actors to bring it to life.  While it may feel straightforward, it is just as complicated and convoluted as any of the Bard’s other [….]

Shakespeare and the Original Pronunciation

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Check out this very cool clip on the original pronunciations of Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. From Open University: An introduction by David and Ben Crystal to the ‘Original Pronunciation’ production of Shakespeare and what they reveal about the history of the English language.

Celebrating Shakespeare: Who Wrote Shakespeare’s Plays, Anyway?

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It’s April and for those of us at LitStack who happen to love Shakespeare, that means a month of honoring his legacy. We kick off the month leading to what would have been his 454th birthday, by presenting to you (again) Sharon’s post on the much-debated theory of Shakespeare’s authorship. Enjoy!! Anyone who has delved [….]

The Artist and Shakespeare: Performing and Understanding Shakespeare

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Performing and Understanding Shakespeare The first performance of a Shakespeare play was Henry VI Part II, staged sometime between 1590 and 1591 — over 400 years ago.  That’s 400 years of star-crossed lovers, betrayed monarchs, foiled (or terribly successful) villains, wise fools, fantasy, music, laughter, tragedy, and mayhem.  It would be another two or three [….]

‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Takes On Shakespeare

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From The Huffington Post: William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is one of the most adapted plays of all time, but none of the other versions included so many of television’s most favored names. For instance, this new version of “Romeo and Juliet” — the trailer for which you can watch above — stars Brody and [….]

Celebrating Shakespeare: A Review of The Taming of the Shrew

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“And where two raging fires meet together They do consume the thing that feeds their fury.”  Few lines capture the essence of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew better than these words. Spoken by the brash Petruchio, they reveal his confidence in his ability to transform the sharp-tongued Katherina Minola into his agreeable, compliant wife. [….]

A New Stage for Shakespeare

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From The Dispatch.com: OSU study introduces autistic children to the Bard to improve their social skills Shakespeare’s The Tempest isn’t the most realistic play, with a plot involving a magic-induced storm and a character who is half-devil. But the fantastic tale and exaggerated emotions, some people think, can help children with autism in everyday life. [….]