William Shakespeare

David McInnis reviews How the Classics Made Shakespeare by Jonathan Bate

David McInnis
26 July 2019

Ben Jonson famously derided Shakespeare’s grasp of ‘small Latin and less Greek’, and vocal sceptics in our own time refuse to believe that a grammar-school education was sufficient t More

David McInnis reviews Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power by Stephen Greenblatt

David McInnis
25 February 2019

In 2017, Oskar Eustis directed the Public Theater production of Julius Caesar – a play that pivots on the assassination of a political leader – in Central Park with a lead act More

Brian McFarlane reviews 'Performing Hamlet: Actors in the modern age' by Jonathan Croall

Brian McFarlane
26 December 2018

'It is arguably the most famous play on the planet’, writes Jonathan Croall in his introduction to this absorbing study of how the play and its eponym have gripped the imagination across More

Twelfth Night (Melbourne Theatre Company) ★★★★

Tim Byrne
19 November 2018

Twelfth Night was probably composed in 1601, and certainly no later than 1602. Hamlet has a more doubtful provenance, possibly written before 1601 but also certainly no l More

David McInnis reviews 'Shakespeare’s Library: Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature' by Stuart Kells

David McInnis
26 September 2018

The search for Shakespeare’s library (the books ostensibly owned by Shakespeare but dispersed without a trace after his death) is driven largely by the hope that marginalia, notes, and d More

David McInnis reviews 'Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness' by Rhodri Lewis

David McInnis
28 December 2017

There have been more than 600 publications on Hamlet in the last five years alone. Uniquely amongst Shakespeare’s plays, Hamlet even has an entire journal devoted to it More

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Dunbar' by Edward St Aubyn

Lisa Gorton
20 December 2017

‘Leir the sonne of Baldud, was admitted ruler over the Britaines, in the year of the world 3105’ (Holinshed’s Chronicles, 1577). Shakespeare’s play King Lear is s More

Robert S. White reviews 'How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and succession in the history plays' by Peter Lake

Robert S. White
26 October 2017

Sir Philip Sidney in the 1580s proclaimed the superiority of the creative maker of ‘poesy’ over the moralising philosopher and historian – ‘the historian wanting the precept, is so More

Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Decca)

Andrew Fuhrmann
24 January 2017

It was a job worthy of William himself: not only the ambitious scale of the project, but the speed with which it was completed. In just seven years, between 1958 and 1964, Argo Records, wi More

David McInnis reviews 'The One King Lear' by Brian Vickers

David McInnis
26 September 2016

Shakespeare's King Lear exists in two significantly different versions, the quarto (Q) published in 1608 and the folio (F) of 1623. Scholars typically believe that the play was ...

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