Welcome back! Lori Ann here. I hope you enjoyed Rory’s piece last week…I sure did. We will be sharing the duties here in the world of the stage, and I’m thrilled to have him. I just hope he’s not funnier than I am…

Enough of that. Let’s get on with the show!

On Stage

Shakespeare’s Globe up for eight Tony Awards! The first foray onto Broadway for Shakespeare’s Globe theatre has proved a success after it was nominated for eight Tony Awards.

Mark Rylance as Lady Olivia

Mark Rylance as Lady Olivia in Shakespeare’s Globe Broadway production of Twelfth Night

A window in Kevin Spacey’s world.  NOW: In the Wings on a World Stage, A Window Into Kevin Spacey’s Richard III. The 90-minute film follows twenty British and American actors on a whirlwind ten month international tour of Richard III and will be available for digital download beginning May 2. I will be downloading it as soon as I can.

In celebration of its 30th Free Shakespeare in Zilker Park, The City of Austin, Austin Parks and Recreation Department and Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theatre, in coordination with Austin Shakespeare, present As You Like It. The show brings new actors and company alumni together in a RenFaire-style As You Like It. Performances run 8 pm Thurs-Sun., from May 1 – May 25, with a preview on April 30.

Cutting Edge Theater will present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) in Slidell, 747 Robert Blvd. The show runs May 2-17, Friday and Saturday nights, at 8 p.m. There is no show on May 16. 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Shakespeare Theatre Company stages a combined Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 into a compelling story, Henry IV, about Prince Hal. Check it out!

450th Birthday

Over the past three years, the Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble (ICSE) has engaged students in the appreciation of the wit and wisdom of “The Bard,” enriching their lives with productions at George Washington Prep High School of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble — in partnership with Britweek, Bafta LA, The Music Center, LA County Parks and Recreation and the LAUSD — will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of company Artistic Director,Dr. Melanie Andrews.

On With the Show | Speak the Speech shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare On with the show! Speak the Speech presents Shakespearean happenings going on all around us for the week of May 1.

Inner City Shakespeare presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Upon entering the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia, it is easy to find oneself transported. Surely, being surrounded by cuneiform tablets, ancient Bibles, and all manner of seminal literary works is enough to remind each of us that we are standing on the shoulders of giants, but if a reminder was necessary, the Free Library has provided it by way of a special exhibit surrounding one of history’s most compelling playwrights and poets: William Shakespeare. 2014 will see many events to celebrate the 450th birthday…stop by!

To celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, students in the drama department at the University of Virginia hosted a four-day BARD Fest to honor the great playwright’s famous works. One of the week’s events, Will Talks, featured 10-minute lectures on Shakespeare from five University professors. The lectures offered historical information without losing the audience in 16th century jargon.

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