For the last week or so, the flow of email from the Shakespeare Institute has increased. This has allayed my irrational fears that I had not, in fact, signed up for a post-graduate degree, but had in fact been scammed. I knew Juliet wouldn’t let me down. (Juliet is the Administrator for The Shakespeare Institute,… Read More Reality Sets In
I think it would be fair to sat that, in a contemporary context, The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most controversial. It is flat-out anti-semitic, which is of course 100% unacceptable in today’s world, but was pervasive and indeed acceptable in the Elizabethan era… I heard an estimate that in the late 1500s, there were… Read More Seven Plays in Eight Days: Friday Matinee – Merchant of Venice
Sometimes, there’s just not much that can be said about a play, and this year’s Othello at Stratford is one of these cases. it is, in a word, brilliant. Period. The design is stunning – painted all in red, two enormous walls and a square raked rotating playing space dominate the stage. The lighting is… Read More Seven Plays in Eight days: Thursday – Othello
You will notice that the title of the series has changed: I’ve added another performance to the roster. I was at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario, participating in the Teaching Shakespeare School, and we got a good deal on additional shows, so I got a ticket to Measure for Measure on Friday night. But… Read More Seven Plays in Eight Days: Wednesday – Romeo and Juliet
As much as I love seeing Shakespeare in High Park, I invariably leave there with a sore back. I trekked to High Park again last night, this time to see Canadian Stage’s Macbeth, with two different friends. We showed up around 7, and this time, we were forced to sit off to the side of… Read More Six Plays in Eight Days: Sunday – Macbeth
Since last we met, a few things have happened. The most relevant (and exciting, and intimidating…) to this blog being: I’ve been accepted into the University of Birmingham Shakespeare Institute’s Masters of Arts in Shakespeare and Education program, which I will start in September 2013. I’m very excited about this , but nervous too –… Read More Making a Personal Statement
In 2008, the RSC mounted a production of Hamlet with David Tennant as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Claudius. This was at the height of his run as the Doctor in the iconic Doctor Who on BBC, but I had heard of it because of my undying love for Patrick Stewart. I was late to… Read More Why David Tennant is the best Hamlet. Ever.