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Review: T.O. gets up close and personal with top acting talent in ‘Tale’ Special

Toronto - “The Winter’s Tale” isn’t the favourite Shakespeare play of many, but the modern-dress version at Toronto’s Coal Mine Theatre — the inaugural production of Graham Abbey’s Groundling Theatre Company — makes it seem close to a masterpiece.

Review: David Fox owns the stage in otherwise routine 'King Lear' in T.O. Special

Toronto - As Edmund the bastard might put it, the wheel of David Fox’s association with Theatre Passe Muraille is come full-circle. A cast member of 1972’s legendary “The Farm Show”, Fox is back at the Toronto venue as the Bard’s greatest tragic hero.

Review: Fassbender is electrifying in Macbeth Special

The new adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth is an electrifying, battle-heavy movie complete with film noir-ish cinematography. The movie is highly recommended, especially for lovers of fine acting.

Shakespeare the stoner: Cannabis found in poet's tobacco pipes

Cape Town - Residue of marijuana found in excavated pipes from Shakespeare's garden sheds new light on the western world's most celebrated poet's source of inspiration.

Review: 'Comedy of Errors' takes simple approach in Toronto's High Park Special

Toronto - With an implausible plot about mistaken identity and bawdy puns, “The Comedy of Errors” may be the Shakespeare play that's closest to being a “Three's Company” episode. Thankfully, Canadian Stage's new production doesn't pretend it's much more.

Review: ‘Caesar’ in High Park makes bold choices; not all of them work Special

Toronto - There are moments in Canadian Stage’s new “Julius Caesar” that are so affecting and original, you’re tempted to ignore other moments when it misfires. Director Estelle Shook turns this classic into high spectacle, but not always to its benefit.

Shakespeare may have penned 'Double Falsehood' after all

Austin - A play published in 1728, allegedly wtitten by Lewis Theobald, called "Double Falsehood," has had scholars debating whether the "bard," William Shapespeare actually wrote it. New studies on the play do point to Shakespeare as the author.

The Canadian Opera Company balances old and new Special

Toronto - The Canadian Opera Company moves into daring territory with its 2015-2016 season, announced this past week. A mix of old favorites and new works dominates a season characterized by bold new choices and old favorites.

Rare first Shakespeare edition found in French library

Saint-omer - A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of an ancient port town in northern France.

Shakespeare's Globe launches on-demand video service

London - If you've ever had a hankering for some high Shakespearean drama but don't want to leave your home, Shakespeare's Globe has a solution — a new on-demand video service.

Sex, drink, food, and trouble: Verdi's Falstaff lives large Special

Toronto - Canadian opera singer Gerald Finley says the timing’s right to make his debut as one of opera’s biggest and most beloved party boys.

Review: CanStage tries to soften 'Titus Andronicus' brutality in Toronto Special

Toronto - Not that I'm a fan of Trigger Warnings, but if any Shakespeare play really needs to be preceded by one, it's “Titus Andronicus”. Murder, rape, mutilation, cannibalism, racism — this early Bard tragedy is a grim celebration of meaningless atrocity.

Review: Toronto's High Park is the perfect setting for 'As You Like It' Special

Toronto - Canadian Stage's annual Shakespeare in High Park has become a respected Toronto summer tradition, and this year, the Bard's pastoral comedy “As You Like It” is a fine match for the High Park Amphitheatre's outdoor setting and young audiences.

Howie B's 'Down With The Dawn' a portrait of loss and life Special

Scottish DJ/producer Howie B. is perhaps best-known for his work with U2, Bjork, Tricky, and Ry Cooder. But he's also a gifted artist in his own right. His latest album offers a wide range of sounds, and references deeply personal experiences.

Rights groups query wisdom of Hamlet tour in N. Korea

Seoul - Human rights groups have questioned the wisdom of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London taking a production of Hamlet to North Korea, but stopped short of calling for the plan to be scrapped.The Globe will perform the play in the secretive state in Sep...

Orlando Bloom debuts on Broadway

Orlando Bloom has begun his first role on Broadway, playing Romeo in a production of William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Casa Loma Special

Toronto - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) has returned to Toronto's Casa Loma by popular demand for a limited run July 18, 24 and 25.

Review: Toronto High Park production attempts to tame Shrew's misogyny Special

Toronto - “The Taming of the Shrew” remains one of Shakespeare's most problematic and debated comedies, in its endorsement of male-dominated gender politics from four centuries ago. Is it possible to adapt the text in a way that's acceptable in 2013?

Review: Toronto's 'Macbeth' in High Park lacks tragic feeling and scope Special

Toronto - Nothing undermines a Shakespeare play like a tragic hero who can't arouse your sympathy. And “Macbeth”, in which the title role is a murderous usurper, particularly requires a lead who can charm empathy from an audience, in order for it to work.

Frank Langella to play King Lear in new revival

Multi-Tony award winning actor Frank Langella is to play King Lear in the U.K. The play will part of the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Review: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a big deal Special

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy of comic and tragic events involving two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Shakespeare coming to Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik - Shakespeare is coming to Dubrovnik, Croatia this spring with two new plays produced by the Dubrovnik Shakespeare Festival.

Review: Toronto's Soulpepper fills Stoppard classic with energy, flair Special

Toronto - “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is a play in danger of becoming overly familiar, another “modern classic” ruined by time and too many revivals. It takes an energetic cast and vision to make Tom Stoppard's great tragicomedy seem new again.

New theatre to rise at site of Shakespeare playhouse

Shoreditch - During a London archaeological dig in 2008 the site of a theatre, once used by William Shakespeare, was discovered. Now planning permission has been granted which will result in a theatre being built on the site.

Review: Toronto's 'Dream' full of high energy, mixed performances Special

Toronto - Shakespeare in High Park marks its 30th season this year with the comedy that launched this annual Toronto tradition in 1983, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, but the new production takes many unusual risks – many of which pay off.

New play asks 'What if Shakespeare wrote Pulp Fiction?'

Chicago - Fans of Quentin Tarantino and Shakespeare rejoice: a new play being put on in Chicago is a mashup of "Pulp Fiction" and Shakespearean verse.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre gets large anonymous donation

London - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, located on London’s South Bank, has received a gift from an anonymous private donor of £1.5 million to help with structural development.

Review: ‘Anonymous’ explores Shakespeare's credibility

One half of 'Anonymous' takes aim at the authenticity of William Shakespeare; the other half is a period drama set in volatile Elizabethan England. Available on Blu-ray and DVD February 7, 2012.

Shakespeare's Words website attracts fans from 197 countries Special

Language expert, David Crystal, and Shakespearean actor Ben Crystal, report their internet site, Shakespeare's Words, now has users from every country in the world. “The site has become an entity in its own right,” says Ben Crystal.

Shakespeare's Words database powers iPhone app Special

Internationally famous linguist, Professor David Crystal, together with world-renowned Shakespearean actor and author, Ben Crystal, who built the website Shakespeare's Words, have now moved into App support for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod.
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World famous Shakespearian actor and author, Ben Crystal, playing Hamlet.
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