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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.

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?

Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe features action, even humour

The Scottish play has had more productions in London alone than most plays will ever receive anywhere. But providing the director provides a fresh approach while serving the text audiences will support Shakespeare's great tragedy.

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.

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.

Captain Kirk tweets Canadian Astronaut

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, on board the Space Station, received a tweet from William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek.

Video: 'Tempest — The Civilization Blaster' season 2 promo

The promotional video for the second season for the currently airing Japanese anime series called "Tempest: The Civilization Blaster" has been made available. The series continues on January 10, 2013.

What's On At The British Museum next month?

London - The British Museum may no longer be home to the British Library, but it is still a vibrant centre of education, learning and culture.

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.

Remains of Shakespeare's Curtain Theatre found

London - The AP is reporting that archaeologists in London have found remains of a theatre where some of William Shakespeare's plays were first performed.

Op-Ed: Would Shakespeare be employable today?

What would William Shakespeare be able to do workwise if he were alive today? Or Irving Berlin for that matter? And why are our masters so concerned about the chimera of full employment?

Shakespeare in Somali and 36 other languages

London - William Shakespeare died on St George's Day 1616, but he has never been busier as a Shakespeare festival opens with performances of his plays in 37 languages.

Original A Midsummer Night's Dream now on DVD Special

Shakespeare devotees currently have A Midsummer Night's Dream available in its original 16th century pronunciation on DVD. Paul Meier, director of this project, told Digital Journal that a radio drama, in post production, will be released soon.

New film questions the film 'Anonymous' claims

The film 'Anonymous' claims that William Shakespeare was a fraud. It's not a new claim but one that has its share of controversy resulting in a reduction of showings. A new film by Ted Bacino out of Canada will look at the issue as well.

Op-Ed: Anonymous — Roland Emmerich asks 'Who wrote Shakespeare?'

Based on the controversial theory on “who was the hidden genius?” behind the works of William Shakespeare, the film Anonymous deals on centuries old intrigue whether Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) is actually the bard of Avon.

Shakespeare's 'Tempest' meant to be a musical, researcher says

Everybody knows William Shakespeare, the great Bard of tragedies, comedies, sonnets, romances and poetry. But was The Tempest a musical?

Researcher intends to find the true cause of Shakespeare’s death

Johannesburg - A South African anthropologist has requested the approval of the Church of England to exhume the remains of the poet who died in 1616 in order to explore the cause of his death using advanced technology.

Six previously unknown works of William Shakespeare discovered

A British academic claims he has discovered six previously unknown works of William Shakespeare. He has published the new works in his new book.
 

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