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“We shall be call'd purgers, not murderers” - the assassination of Julius Caesar

“How many ages hence
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
In states unborn and accents yet unknown!”

Such are the words given to Cassius, a leading figure in the death of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare, in a play which has endowed the events of the Ides of March in 44BC with superstitious portents and masterful rhetoric, questions of political mortality and fate versus free will, and perhaps the most famous last words of the Classical world. 1,668 more words


Richard Thompson at Gawsworth Hall: Mock Tudor? No, the real thing

I Can’t Wake Up To Save My Life

On Wednesday I drove across Cheshire, through the fields and lanes of my childhood, to Gawsworth Hall, a Tudor half-timbered manor-house just south of Macclesfield. 2,302 more words


The Faults In Foul Soul

I stared,  I glared to the love that float

I listened for its swing

I demanded for it to shift

But i did nothing

the beauty was too overwhelming… 101 more words


From Television World Theatre to the BBC Shakespeare: The fluctuating status of the classic play on BBC Television 1957-1985

In a recent lecture, Huw Weldon, managing director of BBC television said: ‘We feel that, like the theatre at large, we should be wanting if we did not ceaselessly recreate the classics – Shakespeare, Sheridan, Shaw and so on.’ (Dunkley, Chris, ‘Review’, …

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Summer Shakespeare

The great outdoors. City parks. Old trees. Damp leaves. Bugs. Cold weather. 100 degrees. Unstable lawn chairs that squeak with every slight adjustment, or a thin, thin towel on the rock hard ground. 593 more words

A Midsummer Night's Dream


“You have witchcraft in your lips.”

(William Shakespeare)

Henry V – Act 5, Scene 2

Haunting Things