Teaching Shakespeare to international students

Thanks to the British Shakespeare Association for publishing this short article in the latest issue of Teaching Shakespeare.  Attitudes to Shakespeare in the field of teaching English as a foreign/second language have historically oscillated from given him a prominent position in the diffusion of the English language overseas (Eagleton, 2008) to an almost total rejection … More Teaching Shakespeare to international students

Hamlet – RADA

I was not one of the happy few to get a ticket in the ballot. Fortunately, Michael Billington was. Here are his views on the new Branagh’s revival of Hamlet starring Tom Hiddleston for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Billington is, in my opinion, one of the most knowledgeable, conscientious, and reliable contemporary Shakespearean … More Hamlet – RADA

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

While we may battle for a priceless ticket to watch Branagh’s new production of Hamlet  with Tom Hiddleston at the RADA, it is in fact the comparatively undervalued amateur theatre that keeps drama alive. The Curve Young Company and Community Production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Leicester may lack great performances but it is … More A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Monstrous Little Voices

This little book was an unexpected finding and a lovely gift from my son. It is based on the same principle that led Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman to create Shakespeare in Love. In a certain way, it is also a literary manifestation of a concept that Marvel has brought into the movies by creating … More Monstrous Little Voices

For all time

In the preface of the First Folio, Ben Jonson, who was Shakespeare’s rival poet and dramatist, wrote arguably the most famous eulogy to his late friend: ‘Soul of the age! The applause, delight, the wonder of our stage (…) He was not of an age but for all time!’ An elevating discourse on Shakespeare in … More For all time