All Is True

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Johanna Leggatt Monday, 06 May 2019
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There is a scene in Kenneth Branagh’s British film, All is True, where the earl of Southampton (Ian McKellen) tells William Shakespeare (Branagh) that The Bard has lived ‘a small life’. As the Southampton points out snidely, there have been no scandals in Shakespeare’s backstory, no drunken gallivanting on the Continent or tempers flaring in taverns over misconstrued sonnets. Yet, as uncontroversial as Shakespeare’s life may have been – first as a hard-working actor, playwright, and theatre proprietor in London and later as a retiree in Stratford-upon-Avon – his life after death has been positively eventful. Under Branagh’s direction, Shakespeare’s rather unremarkable domestic set-up – a dutiful wife and two daughters – has been freighted with dramatic tension and subjected to great embellishment on screen.

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Johanna Leggatt

Johanna Leggatt

Johanna Leggatt is a Melbourne-based writer and journalist. She has a master of arts from the University of Queensland and was a former online health editor on London’s The Daily Telegraph and sub-editor on The Guardian. She has also previously reported on court cases for Australian Associated Press (AAP) and was a news and features journalist on The Sun-Herald in Sydney.

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    Thanks, Caroline. Incredibly, these things happen. ABR

    Thursday, 09 May 2019 14:21 posted by Peter Rose
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    It is a pity that Johanna Leggatt doesn't seem to know the difference between incredulous and incredible. Sorry to be a pedant, but if arts journalists can't write proper English - and, tragically, in a piece about Shakespeare - what chance the rest of us?

    Thursday, 09 May 2019 12:34 posted by Caroline Lurie

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