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Hiddleston and Rylance, The Dead Go Social, and Shakespeare Comes to Furman | Bard in Multimedia

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Hello all and welcome to another edition of Bard in Multimedia-the place where we look at Shakespeare in all his digital and print glory. Deborah is off this week, so I Steven will be the one to help through this weeek’s multimedia news, This week we have the RSC appearing at Furman University-at least digitally, Shakespeare getting Social and much more. So without further ado let us dive right in:

Shakespeare Has Facebook:

First Folio

Social Media has given Shakespeare a new lease on life at least digitally speaking. Shakespeare has become one of a number of dead celebrities with a posthumous facebook page. According to this article Shakespeare joins the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, and even Marilyn Monroe who all have Facebook accounts set up by their estates. It also seems to be a way for fans of each of the aforementioned celebrities to interact with them on some level as most of these pages will post daily status updates, funny pictures and witty quotes as is the case with Shakespeare’s page. So when you are Facebook next time be sure to look up Shakespeare’s official Facebook page.


Royal Shakespeare Company to come to Furman University:

David Tennant as Richard II in RSC’s Richard II

The Royal Shakespeare Company will be making an appearance at Furman University-digitally at least. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be holding screenings of the RSC’ s plays at the  Burgiss Theater in the Trone Student Center over  the next three months. Starting this past weekend with Richard II starting David Tennant of Doctor Who fame and continuing on into April five plays in all will be shown. Other plays that are planned on being shown include Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Much Ado About Nothing. If you want more information please see here.


Globe TV Brings us Muse of Fire:

Tom Hiddleston

Globe TV the new video streaming service that allows everyone to enjoy Shakespeare’s plays through the use of the internet has come out with a new resource for anyone who has a passion for Shakespeare. Muse of Fire is a documentary/interview series in which actor such as Sir Ian McKellan, Dame Judi Dench, Tom Hiddleston, and Ewan McGregor ,along with Mark Rylance give interviews about Shakespeare. Topics include Rylance on why hearing Shakespeare is better then seeing it and Hiddleston on his feelings on what it was like to see a Shakespeare play for the first time. For more information and to see other interviews. please visit here and here.

Shakespeare’s Globe to Screen Offers up  A Midsummer Night’s Dream:

The Globe Theatre’s Globe to Screen initiative which is a project to give access to Shakespeare  people across the globe via movie theaters and cinemas with filmed version of their live plays has a new offering for any lover of Shakespeare perusal. The Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream hit US movie theaters this past weekend. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole the production was shot in 2013. A Midsummer Night’s Dream tells the story of 4 people each in love with a different person in group and what happens  when they enter the forest home of Titania and Oberon, Queen and King of the Fairies respectively. For more information please visit here and here. Also below you can see a clip of the production as a teaser:




Well that’s all for this week. What did you think of A Midsummer Night’s Dream debuting as part of The Globe’s Globe to Screen initiative? Or how about the showings of the various plays at Furman University? Are you going to try and find Shakespeare on Facebook? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. You an also follow us on Tumblr, Pinterest, and Google +  we would love to hear from you!  Also if you have any Shakespeare news you would like us to report on please email us at See you all next week!!

Author Steven

Steven has been with The Shakespeare Standard since its inception in 2009. He has had an interest in Shakespeare since acting in A Midsummer Night's Dream in college. You can reach him directly at He currently works as an editor for Foolery with the column of MEMEnto Merry.

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