The genius and the soul

This is the year of Shakespeare and as part of what I call the Seminal Papers Series I want to make some brief considerations on two books by Jonathan Bate, who I believe is one of the most knowledgeable and prominent Shakespearean scholars of our times. On the top of it, Bate is a gifted … More The genius and the soul

Review: Cymbeline

There is nothing disastrously wrong with the RSC production of Cymbeline and yet you leave the theatre with the sensation that it could certainly have been done better. First of all, it is the irritating feeling that some of the changes were made for the sake of changing. Yes, I am referring to the gender … More Review: Cymbeline

Shakespeare 400

It is perhaps difficult for some people to understand why we are making such a big fuss of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. A friend of mine from the Middle-East asked me with a look of incredulity and amusement, ‘Are you celebrating 400 years after he died? What’s the point?’ My first reaction was … More Shakespeare 400