William Shakespeare

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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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Queensland Ballet) ★★★1/2

Lee Christofis
04 April 2016

How appropriate that Queensland Ballet is playing A Midsummer Night's Dream in the 400th anniversary year of William Shakespeare's death. This is not the Royal Ballet's More

Romeo and Juliet (Bell Shakespeare) ★★★

Andrew Fuhrmann
18 April 2016

Everything, it seems, depends on Juliet: for nothing can be ill, if she be well cast. And if she not be well cast? The question is an idle one, because in Kelly Paterniti we have an excell More

James McNamara reviews '1606' by James Shapiro

James McNamara
26 November 2015

1606 was a rough year for England. In late 1605 the Gunpowder plotters nearly blew up the government; a Catholic rebellion in Warwickshire sharpened the country's fear. England's ports were closed and an army raised; bonfires lit the streets of London and guards manned the city gates. Later, the Tower drew its bridge and loaded cannons upon the (false) report of Kin ... More

Macbeth

Andrew Nette
30 September 2015

It has been said we get the versions of Shakespeare that mirror our times. If so, it is chilling to speculate what Australian director Justin Kurzel’s take on Macbeth, the story of a loyal warrior who succumbs to the temptation to commit regicide, says about the current state of the world.

Macbeth, Shakespeare’s darkest and bloodiest tale, ... More

John Rickard reviews 'Why Acting Matters' by David Thomson and 'Great Shakespeare Actors' by Stanley Wells

John Rickard
30 July 2015

Why Acting Matters has on its cover the face of an ape; well, actually it’s Andy Serkis playing Caesar, ‘the top ape’ in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014). The point of this rather unexpected image from a movie not discussed in the book is, the blurb tells us, that ‘acting is baked into our primate DNA’. These two books, however, by elder ... More

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