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Shakespeare Plays

Happy Birthday, Bill!

Louis Fantasia | Posted 06.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Louis Fantasia

For Shakespeare's 450th birthday bash, Britweek -- the week-long celebration of all things British in LA -- has lined up a phenomenal cast of actors, both British and American for an evening of "Shakespeare, Music & Love!"

Knighthood for Shakespeare

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 06.21.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

April 23 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. On his birthday, I call for a posthumous knighthood for the flower of the English language.

'Much Ado About Nothing' Is A Must-See

AP | By JENNIFER FARRAR | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK -- William Shakespeare's comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" benefits from a lighthearted approach and an evenly-matched pair of verbal jousters ...

Can Shakespeare Help You Score This Valentine's Day?

Amy Helmes | Posted 04.09.2013 | Books
Amy Helmes

Want to spice things up this Valentine's Day? Forget flowers and chocolate -- a soliloquy just might do the trick. After all, William Shakespeare isn't known as the "Bawdy Bard" for nothing.

Shakespeare Is Hot Again

Lesleyann Coker | Posted 03.24.2013 | Books
Lesleyann Coker

A slew of current projects -- ranging from young adult novels to television to a rumored Anne Hathaway film -- aim to make Shakespeare accessible to a contemporary audience.

Why Watch Shakespeare: All the Stage's a World

Frank H. Wu | Posted 01.27.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

This year I finished a project I began more than half a lifetime ago. I finally watched every one of William Shakespeare's 38 plays performed in a theatre.

Should Shakespeare Be Modernized?

A.J. Hartley | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
A.J. Hartley

I mean, Shakespeare's words were pretty good the first time around. Why bother trying to reinvent a fast and elegant wheel?

Olivier's Blackface Othello

Ben Arogundade | Posted 07.30.2012 | Books
Ben Arogundade

In the 1965 movie Olivier remained meticulous about the aesthetic preparation that would transform him into the Moor. Despite his studious approach, American critics balked at his blackface portrayal.

Globe to Globe: Shakespeare and Going Beyond Understanding

Beth Burns | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Beth Burns

My concerns about missing the most perfect turns of the English language were largely unfounded. The plays are so good, that in the hands of passionate performers they go beyond the need to comprehend the words to get their meaning.

Quoting Shakespeare

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.23.2012 | Home
Arianna Huffington

The following bit of Shakespearean amusement was concocted by my great friend Bernard Levin. I've decided to post it here so that and all of you can have it to download, print out, e-mail, link to... and enjoy.

Name That Play! Put Your Shakespeare Knowledge To The Test

Posted 04.23.2012 | Home

On this day, April 23, the reported would-be 448th birthday (and death day) of the one and only William Shakespeare, we celebrate The Bard's legacy wi...

How Spielberg and Shakespeare Found Their Groove

Todd Klick | Posted 05.18.2012 | Arts
Todd Klick

What, you may ask, does a famous English playwright -- who gained acclaim in London in the early 1600s -- have in common with an American film director who directed his first blockbuster in the 1970s?

The Man Who Impersonated Shakespeare

Kathryn James | Posted 04.25.2012 | Books
Kathryn James

The known biographical facts about the glover's son from the small midland English market town of Stratford-upon-Avon frustrate our desire for a robust biography of the author of the works that have become, as Arthur Murphy wrote in 1753, "a lay bible."

Shakespeare Is Shakespeare

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jonathan Hobratsch

In an effort to do my academic duty to save young minds from going astray, I present to you ten of the most obvious reasons that William Shakespeare is the author of the works of William Shakespeare.

PHOTOS: 13 Adorable Pet Costumes...From Books!

Madeleine Crum | Posted 12.30.2011 | Books

For one day each year, overzealous pet-lovers can be forgiven for outfitting their animals. While dogs donning winter vests and hoodies may elicit mor...

The Shakespeare Authorship Question

John Orloff | Posted 10.30.2011 | Entertainment
John Orloff

I hate to use the word "lies," but children are, indeed, being taught at best a number of half-truths about William Shakespeare.

Arts Lust: Shakespearean Storms on Stage and Page

Allan M. Jalon | Posted 11.09.2011 | Books
Allan M. Jalon

John Reed's All the World's a Grave turned out to be a fabulously imaginative reinvention of existing Shakespearean plays into a completely new one, like a chemistry experiment re-linking polymers into new fabric.

10 Dysfunctional Family Memoirs And One Shakespeare Play (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Dreading going home for the holidays? So are a lot of people, and we imagine some of these writers wouldn't be looking forward to it either. Here ...

Shakespeare Plays Not By Shakespeare, Says German Scholar

Telegraph | Allan Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A German academic claims to have uncovered the most conclusive evidence to date that the works of William Shakespeare were in fact written by Edward d...