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Shakespeare Saturday: A Shakes Bibliography

Hey, guys! Welcome to Shakespeare Saturday. A’s new show opened today and she’s a tad knackered, so I’m stepping in to write today’s blog. I…actually have nothing in the tank today. 560 more words

2nd October 1660. Are You Phlegmatic or Choleric?

The balance of the ‘Four Bodily Humours’ was once thought necessary for a happy and healthy life.

The word ‘humour’ relates to its Classical definition, and was not to have its modern usage until the 18th century. 368 more words


Shakespeare Saturday: A Bardy Muse

Greetings, readers, you beloved people. (You are, you know? Beloved. You should communicate with us more. We won’t bite. Well…if A goes too method with one of her roles, she might, but I’m safe!) Welcome to Shakespeare Saturday! 1,557 more words

Volpone at the Swan Theatre, Stratford

The RSC use the Swan Theatre primarily to show the works of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, presumably to help us see Shakespeare’s work in context.  That’s a laudable aim, and one which the director of this play, Trevor Nunn, was instrumental in establishing.  615 more words


Review – Volpone, Royal Shakespeare Company at the Swan Theatre, Stratford, 5th September 2015

For the third weekend in a row, we met up with Lord Liverpool and the Countess of Cockfosters for an afternoon of culture and drama. It was the Countess who was particularly keen on seeing this production, immersed as she is in all things literary and old, and that’s not just her husband. 2,005 more words

Chris Sparkle

A few months ago, I wrote a disgruntled blog post about the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse winter 2015/16 season. My problem was that the Globe abandoned their commitment towards the wider corpus of Renaissance drama to stage a succession of Shakespeare shows.

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Drink to me only with...... The immortal love song

The song “Drink to me only with thine eyes” was written by Ben Jonson in his poem “Song to Celia” in the year 1616, yes exactly 400 years ago. 193 more words