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First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Outstanding 'Merchant of Venice' Is Screened

David Finkle | Posted 08.23.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Shylock's inflexible insistence on the bond he made with Antonio for a pound of flesh were the 3,000 ducats not repaid -- that's to say, Shylock's unrelenting stance as a broader revenge on the Christians who've tormented him throughout life as a usurer -- is decidedly matched by his tormenters' virulent prejudice.

Wowed by Wolf Hall

Rob Taub | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts
Rob Taub

I found every aspect of the play compelling. The costumes are beautiful and the simple stark set helps all the more to feature the story and characters, portrayed by a remarkable ensemble of nearly two dozen actors.

Aisle View: Inside the Corridors of King Henry's Court

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

There's a rip-roaring, malevolently Machiavellian, viciously nasty, blood-letting saga of intrigue and incest on view just now. No, not in the cloistered cloakrooms of the U.S. House of Representatives; no incest there, presumably.

First Nighter: The Royal Shakespeare Company's Regal 'Love's Labour's Lost' and 'Love's Labour's Won'

David Finkle | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Both are surpassingly good treatments. I heartily recommend them, although I definitely question whether it's commercially wise to attach the Love's Labour's Won name to a script that would have more sway with potential patrons under its actual title.

Dunsinane at the Wallis Annenberg

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

What is ostensibly an excursion into the troubled history between Scotland and England bursts forth into a universal exploration of the tragedies of war and occupation and the poignant complexities of culture and politics.

Why Does London Need a New Concert Hall?

Tony Woodcock | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The press and media are all over this one and obviously excited at the prospect of luring back Rattle to his homeland. They also argue for something that London really needs. And this feeding frenzy, I fear, could obscure some rational and strategic thinking that needs to be put in place before anyone signs up for a project.

A Look Back at Broadway 2014

Cara Joy David | Posted 03.17.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

It's a little hard for me because I tend to think more in terms of Tony Awards seasons and less in terms of calendar years. That said, "favorite show" is not "favorite new show;" it is really "favorite show open in 2014," which is easier.

First Nighter: 'Tamburlaine Parts I and II,' 'Tristan & Yseult' Blood Spillage

David Finkle | Posted 01.28.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

The blood in Kneehigh's Tristan & Yseult is less than what's in Tamburlaine Parts I and II and is stylized. Emma Rice, the company founder and adapter here of the Cornish myth has something other than seeing red about which she wants to discourse.

War Zone Fresco

Steven Suskin | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Steven Suskin

New Yorkers have a rare chance, through August 10, to see a full-cast production of David Edgar's intriguing Pentecost.

First Nighter: 'Henry IV Part I' and 'Henry IV Part II' on Screen With Antony Sher

David Finkle | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

William Shakespeare historians have tried and failed to find a figure during the reigns of Henry IV and Henry V who might have been the inspiration for Sir John Falstaff, whom many of the playwright's advocates consider the preeminent Shakespeare character.

The Global Search for Education: To Be or Not to Be?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

If imagination be the food of disruption, is the Bard also to be considered worthy of a TriBeCa Disruptive innovation Award?

William Shakespeare at 450

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 06.22.2014 | Arts
Anne Margaret Daniel

How can any of us find the words to wish a happy 450th birthday to the single most significant, elegant, funny, wise and human writer ever to use the English language? That's what I, and countless others, have thought and think of Shakespeare.

Be The Person You Want Your Students to Be

American Teacher | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
American Teacher

I do everything the school requires of me but I supplement that with my passions. Listen, I don't expect anyone to duplicate what I do because I am a lunatic, but I think teachers get so busy with the system -- teaching that chapter or this book -- that they lose themselves.

Problems in England

Michael Kaiser | Posted 08.17.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Does the Arts Council "reduce from the bottom," zeroing out grants to the smallest grantees (effectively putting them out of business), or does it make drastic cuts to the largest organizations, which presumably have the easiest time raising private funds?

'Julius Caesar' Like You've Never Seen It Before

Leigh Silver | Posted 06.22.2013 | Arts
Leigh Silver

When you step into the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater for the Royal Shakespeare Company's unique production of "Julius Caesar," you encoun...

Victor Hugo and Abraham Lincoln

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.31.2013 | Entertainment
Norman MacAfee

In this film awards season, two works embody enduring pinnacles of idealism.

Royal Shakespeare Company Goes All Out This Year

AP | Posted 03.25.2013 | Arts

LONDON — "Doctor Who" star David Tennant is returning to the Royal Shakespeare Company this year to play a troubled king in "Richard II." Tenna...

Quoting Shakespeare Sparingly

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.22.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Quoting William Shakespeare is a little like breathing: every living person does it. "He's dead as a doornail," your roommate will say as she flips through the newspaper obits, never realizing she's just quoted part of a couplet from Henry VI.

Gregory Doran and Antony Sher: A Remembrance

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.07.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

It was exciting to read that Gregory Doran will become the new Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Greg is a wonderful director whose insightful productions have graced the stages of the Kennedy Center during my tenure.

'Romeo And Juliet,' Iraq Style

AP | Posted 04.25.2012 | Home

LONDON -- In a new staging of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," a Baghdad theater director has transformed the Montagues and Capulets into religious r...

There's A New Chief In Shakespeare Town

AP | Posted 05.22.2012 | Home

LONDON — The Royal Shakespeare Company says it has appointed Gregory Doran as its new artistic director. The company says Doran, who has direct...

'Matilda' Leads Race For London's Olivier Awards

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.15.2012 | Arts

LONDON — Broadway-bound show "Matilda The Musical" gained 10 nominations Thursday for British theater's Laurence Olivier Awards – includin...

Roald Dahl's 'Matilda' Is Heading To Broadway

AP | Posted 04.29.2012 | Home

NEW YORK — A musical about a girl with extraordinary powers is hoping to jump the Atlantic. The Royal Shakespeare Company said Tuesday it is pl...

Amy Lee

Does Shakespeare's Bleakest Play Work For Children?

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 12.26.2011 | Home

"So great is the suffering depicted in Shakespeare's 'King Lear' that one has trouble finding the words to write about it," begins the Folger Shakespe...

The Torture Of Playing King Lear

AP | By JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 10.11.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- On a "King Lear" day, the torture starts early in the morning for Greg Hicks. Even before the actor opens his eyes in his hotel room, the...