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Global Shakespeares Video and Performance Archive
The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is a collaborative project providing online access to performances of Shakespeare from many parts of the world as well as essays and metadata provided by scholars and educators in the field. The idea that Shakespeare is a global author has taken many forms since the building of the Globe playhouse. Our work honors the fact and demonstrates the diversity of the world-wide reception and production of Shakespeare’s plays in ways that we hope will nourish the remarkable array of new forms of cultural exchange that the digital age has made possible. Global Shakespeares is a participatory multi-centric networked model that offers wide access to international performances that are changing how we understand Shakespeare’s plays and the world.
The Mousetrap: Building a Better Shakespeare Podcast
The Mousetrap is a place for people to come together to share their love of the plays and poems of William Shakespeare. We are critical omnivores; there is nothing about which we cannot develop a reasoned opinion. But what we love most is sitting around with a glass of wine or a tumbler of bourbon and talking about the Bard. Or sometimes yelling about the Bard. Occasionally fighting about the Bard. And some of us know how to use swords!
But here at The Mousetrap we’re always civil, kind, and respectful, and we never type in all caps. We just want to share the joy and jealousy, the frustration and fascination as we investigate Shakespeare’s life and work. Anyone who wants to join in our exploration is welcome; We’re all here to learn.
The Globe's Twelfth Night
Shakespeare's Globe Twelfth Night and Richard III coming to Broadway!
Direct from a sold-out run in London’s West End, the critically-beloved, Shakespeare’s Globe productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III come to Broadway for a 16-week limited engagement. Previews begin October 15 and the shows open November 10, 2013. Two of The Bard’s finest plays are performed in repertory by a remarkable cast featuring two-time Tony Award® winner MARK RYLANCE (Jerusalem, Boeing-Boeing), Golden Globe nominee STEPHEN FRY (Wilde, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Tony Award nominee SAMUEL BARNETT (The History Boys).
These classics are presented in the custom of how Shakespeare's plays were originally staged, with an extraordinary all-male company playing male and female roles; actors participating in the pre-show ritual of dressing and preparing their make-up on stage, in front of the audience; music played live on traditional instruments; and lighting created almost exclusively by 100 on-stage candles, adding to the intimate and authentic atmosphere. This is delightfully funny, timeless Shakespeare at its absolute finest, and it is not to be missed!
The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare's History Plays comes to PBS
Shakespeare takes over New York this Fall!
Not only will we have the fabulous Twelfth Night / Richard III from the Globe Theatre on Broadway this fall, but we will also have Macbeth and Romeo & Juliet. Ethan Hawke and Ann Marie Duff will star in Jack O'Brien's production of Macbeth coming to the Lincoln Center Theatre this fall. Also this fall, Romeo & Juliet will return to Broadway in David Leveaux's production, starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad. We will also have Shakespeare here at NYU's Skirball Center with the National Theatre Live productions of Othello and Coriolanus. Shakespeare takes over New York City - I can't wait!
Shakespeare Uncovered on PBS
In a unique series of six films, Shakespeare Uncovered combines history, biograohy, iconic performances, new analysis, and the personal passions of its celebrated hosts - Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Irons, Derek jacobi, Trevor Nunn, Joely Richardson, and David Tennant - to tell the stories behind the stories if Shakespeare's greatest plays.
Visit the PBS Shakespeare Uncovered page to access full length videos of the series and other related resources.
Maximum Shakespeare from the New York Times
The New York Times is currently featuring Maximum Shakespeare: an online discussion of the playwright and his works. It features interviews with actors and discussions about the challenges they face in acting Shakespeare. It also has short videos of actors - currently featuring Orland Bloom and Samuel Barnett - speaking short speeches from the plays they are currently seen in. Here is the link to the artilces: "Players, Here’s the Drill: David Harewood and Orlando Bloom on Shakespearean Warm-Ups" and "What Makes a Great Shakespearean? Mark Rylance and Other Standouts Share Secrets of the Trade." Keep checking back as more content is added regularly.
New Resource: Database of Early English Playbooks (DEEP)
The Database of Early English Playbooks allows scholars and students to investigate the publishing, printing, and marketing of English Renaissance drama in ways not possible using any other print or electronic resource. An easy-to-use and highly customizable search engine of every playbook produced in England, Scotland, and Ireland from the beginning of printing through 1660, DEEP provides a wealth of information about the original playbooks, their title-pages, paratextual matter, advertising features, bibliographic details, and theatrical backgrounds.
New Resource! Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare
This database includes the complete text of 11 major editions of Shakespeare's works, from the First Folio to the Cambridge edition of 1863-66. It also includes 24 separate contemporary printings of individual plays, selected apocrypha and related works, and more than 100 adaptations, sequels, and burlesques from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. It is also an historical archive of Shakespeare editing. The major 18th- and 19th-century editions are included, providing a history of the scholarly foundations of the modern Shakespeare text.
Shakespeare Articles from the MLA Bibliography
Test your Hamlet knowledge
Can you name all the different words in Hamlet's 'To Be Or Not To Be' Soliloquy?
Sporcle games provide mentally stimulating diversions. Check the site for the many games featuring Shakespeare's plays and test your Shakespearean knowledge!