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Schools don’t need to bin Shakespeare – but it’s time for us to teach him differently

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Apparently Shakespeare is the latest victim of the culture wars, with some fearing the Bard is about to be thrown out of classrooms across England in the name of decolonisation. Wokeness has already culled the dead wh...

Julius Caesar review – the revolution is rerouted in scattered Shakespeare

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The Globe’s audience serve as the easily swayed mob in Diane Page’s production of Shakespeare’s story of stolen power. A willing crowd, we’ll repeat whatever is chanted to us, happy to swap sides if we feel it will pl...

New evidence suggests Shakespeare may have stolen the plot of Cymbeline

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A rare 16th-century book offers “compelling evidence” that William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline was inspired by a now-lost play by Sir Thomas North, an Elizabethan courtier and writer, new research claims. A 1533 edition o...

Much Ado About Nothing review – a lavish vision of space-age Shakespeare

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The first and last word on this RSC production has to be on its dazzling design. Set in a high-concept Messina inspired by Afrofuturism and sci-fi, it comes with a wardrobe and stage set that will have any audience me...

Youth theatre group’s Juliet & Romeo gives Shakespeare back his slang

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A young, majority-black theatre company’s rewriting of Shakespeare will “change the face of classical theatre” by bringing the bard’s work back to the “slang” in which it was born, Sir Mark Rylance has said. Rylance, ...

Extremist told to read classics by UK judge ‘enjoyed Shakespeare more than Austen’

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A former student who was told to read classic literature after being convicted of a terrorism offence has told the sentencing judge he “enjoyed Shakespeare more than Jane Austen”. Ben John, who downloaded almost 70,00...

Be reassured: the world is not as divided as we might think

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Today’s widely accepted narrative is that we live in historically divided times. Voters are routinely described as “polarised”, while analysts compete to identify the essential schism of the age, whether this is metro...

The Tempest review – stirring all-female Shakespeare on the cusp of Cop26

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The short-term forecast is for a storm – or maybe a squally shower – of Cop26-inspired Tempests. On 7 November, BBC Radio 3 is fielding a soft-spoken Ian McDiarmid as Prospero in Shakespeare’s island reverie and here ...

Poem of the week: Sonnet 65 by William Shakespeare

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Sonnet 65 Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless seaBut sad mortality o’er-sways their power,How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea,Whose action is no stronger than a flower?O, how shall summer’s honey ...

Boris Johnson offered to pay for help writing Shakespeare biography, says scholar

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One of the UK’s most eminent Shakespeare scholars has revealed that they were approached by a representative of Boris Johnson to help him write his very delayed biography of the Bard. The book, titled Shakespeare: The...

How Prescot’s Shakespeare theatre plays into Merseyside regeneration

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Levelling up Britain’s unbalanced economy comes in many guises and in Prescot, a town on the edge of Knowsley on Merseyside, it comes in the form of a replica cockpit-in-court theatre. Shakespeare is reported to have ...

Shakespeare Theatre Company to host Britney Spears musical

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Broadway producers and Washington DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company are teaming up to host the world premiere of Britney Spears Once Upon a One More Time, a musical wrought from the pop star’s songbook, the Washington ...

Italians defend Dante from claims he was ‘light years’ behind Shakespeare

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Italian political and cultural leaders have sprung to the defence of their much-revered poet Dante Alighieri after a German newspaper downplayed his importance to the Italian language and said he was “light years” awa...

Dream review – the RSC’s hi-tech Shakespeare only goes so far

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At 7pm on Tuesday more than 7,000 people were watching. At a later performance – 2am on Wednesday – questions were coming into the post-show Q&A from as far away as Melbourne. The Royal Shakespeare Company reckons...