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Shakespeare in Many Places | Bard in Multimedia

By October 20, 2014 One Comment

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Bard in Multimedia. Deborah is away this week so, I Steven, will be taking you through all the things going on with Bard in Multimedia this week. So without further ado let us jump right in:

Globe on Screen Coming to the US:

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen which brings Shakespeare’s plays to cinemas around the world is hitting US shores for the remainder of the year. Starting last month the events which will run through December 6th will be showing a filmed Globe Theatre production of King Lear. Currently the film is  showing at the Arts Emerson in Boston  until  October 23. The production will then move on to the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on October 30 and  The Broad Stage, Santa Monica November 4-16 2014. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit here. You can see the trailer for the film below:

 

 

Shakespeare is coming to Russia:

Shakespeare in Many Places | Bard in Multimedia shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard theshakespearestandard.com shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Steven explores multiple Shakespeare media projects in this week's Bard in Multimedia including The Empire Striketh Back and R and J (the web series).

Portrait of William Shakespeare

Victoria and Albert Museum is sending to Moscow two Shakespeare photography exhibits showing the history of Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Theatre starting in the 19th century to the modern day. The  two exhibits will be using an artistic style while focusing on both directing, costuming and other theatre conventions in each of the photographs. According to Yulia Litvinova, museum’s deputy director for PR and media communications, “At the V&A exhibition Russian visitors will be able to see the best pieces of artistic theatre photography of Shakespeare’s plays, since the 19-th century.” Entitled “Photographing Shakespeare: 150 years of Theatrical Photoshoot” and  “The Half: Actors Through Simon Annand’s Lens”. the exhibits will show a comparison of costuming and director interpretations in a visual context. Both exhibits will be on display from October 30 2014-January 15, 2015 at the Bakhrushin Theatre Museum in Moscow.

Star Wars Shakespeare Part Two:

Shakespeare in Many Places | Bard in Multimedia shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard theshakespearestandard.com shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Steven explores multiple Shakespeare media projects in this week's Bard in Multimedia including The Empire Striketh Back and R and J (the web series).

Wood cut illustration of AT ATs From Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Start Wars The Empire Striketh Back

Ian Doescher, the man behind William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Episode IV Verily A New Hope is back this week with the second installment of his take on if Star Wars was written by Shakespeare with William Shakespeare’s Star Wars Episode V The Empire Striketh Back. Complete with iambic pentameter, wood cut style illustrations, and pictures showing all the characters in ruffs it takes the original script of Empire Strikes Back and reworks with a Shakespearean twist.

Below is an excerpt of the one of the more memorable scenes in the movie between Princess Leia Organa a.k.a the then unknown sibling of Luke Skywalker and daughter of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader and Han Solo both from the original movie and with the Shakespeare twist to the scene:

“The original lines from the movie:

LEIA: ‘Why you stuck-up…half-witted…scruffy-looking…nerfherder!!’

HAN: ‘Who’s scruffy-looking?’

“And then Doescher’s version:

LEIA: ‘Thou arrogant half-wit,
Thou oversized child, thou friend of slime,
Thou man of scruffy looks, thou who herd’st nerfs,
Thou fool-born wimpled roughhewn waste of flesh!’

HAN: ‘What scruffy? Scruffy, how? Whose scruffiness?’

So if you interested and want to see how Shakespeare would have tackled Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back then go out and pick up a copy of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars The Empire Striketh Back.  It is also available on Amazon.

Royal Shakespeare Company Opening its Music Vault:

Shakespeare in Many Places | Bard in Multimedia shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard theshakespearestandard.com shakespeare plays list play shakespeare Steven explores multiple Shakespeare media projects in this week's Bard in Multimedia including The Empire Striketh Back and R and J (the web series).

A picture of William Shakespeare’s collected plays

Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company much like Disney will going back into its music vault and giving us a look at the original music various composer have for its production over the years. The RSC has started releasing CD’s of it music to the public. Music from all eras starting in the about 1910 to today will be available in CD form. Bruce O’Neill, head of music for the Royal Shakespeare company described the vault in a recent interview with NPR as “‘a bit like a bank vault. You’ve got these various rooms with, sort of, very thick doors with a big wheel on the front to let you in. And they’re all sort of organized along these shelves and categorized by date and by composer in some instances. Although they’re organized to a certain extent, some of them really haven’t actually been looked through since the production happened.'”  Hopefully more CD will be coming out soon.

Romeo and Juliet Comes to the Internet as a new Web Series:

Ready Set Go Theatre will soon be releasing a new web-series which will tell the story of Romeo and Juliet the two star-crossed teen lovers who find love with each other in spite of their famiies’ blood feud with one another. The series entitled R and J (the web series) which will total 10 episode will tell the tale of the love between Romeo and Juliet. It will be available starting October 31 2014 on both at the Ready Set Go Theatre’s website and on their YouTube channel. Below are some pictures for the series as well as the trailer:

 R and J (the web series) Trailer:

R and J (the web series) Capulet and Tybalt Pictures provided by Ready Set Go Theatre Mercutio and Benvolio Pictures provided by Ready Set Go Theatre

So if you are interested check it out starting on Halloween. Also, be sure to check back for more coverage on this project.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Well, that’s it for this week. What did you guys think of the new Romeo and Juliet web-series coming out? How about the two photography exhibits that will be opening up in Russia, or Ian Doescher’s newest take on William Shakespeare’s Star Wars? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow us on Tumblr, Pinterest, and Google+. See you all next week.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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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 faustmarlowe23@gmail.com. He currently works as an editor for Foolery with the column of MEMEnto Merry.

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