Welcome back to Speak the Speech! Lori Ann here with some exciting news on the Shakespeare front. As the country rebounds from a crazy bout of cold weather, stages are heating up all over with more work from our favorite Bard.
Richard II turns in some stellar performances! Cincinnati Shakespeare has produced a strong production that shows how things really have not changed in 400 years. In Cincinnati? Check it out and report back.
Shakespeare’s Closet: Want to see what goes on behind the scenes? Bell Shakespeare in Australia is allowing audience to do just that. Watch the masters at work as they prepare for their production of Henry 4. Available for viewing through Feb. 23.
The experts have left DeSalles, but the inspiration gained stays with them as they all head home to plan the next Shakespeare festival. See a glimpse behind the scenes at the Shakespeare Theatre Association’s annual conference.
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre takes on the Bard with a modern twist. Check out their upcoming Julius Caesar, opening Feb. 5 in the Courtyard Theatre.
Slapstick Shakespeare? Yes, if it is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged.) Sioux Empire Community Theatre’s production opens tonight, and is sure to be a riotous ride for all involved. Bring your sense of humor and take a walk through all 37 plays.
Join American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA for a reception and early premier of the PBS series, Shakespeare Uncovered, featuring the installment that includes ASC. ASC is the only American company featured in the six-part series. This documentary takes a closer look at the company and theatre that make up a very important part of Shakespeare in America.
Wednesdays with Will kicks off this spring at University of Colorado. Spring into Shakespeare is a collaboration between CU and The Colorado Shakespeare Festival and it will take on a variety of topics. The first event began on the 16th and will continue through May 1.
State sponsored Shakespeare Festival? That is what Sen. Thomas Norment, R-Williamsburg wishes to do. His bill would designate the Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg the official festival of the state. Since history denotes the first Shakespearean performance to have taken place in Williamsburg, it seems fitting for the 35 year old company to have the honors. It is also presented in hopes of helping increase tourism to the area. The bill is currently awaiting a vote.
Anne Hathaway (no, not Shakespeare’s wife) to star in a new adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew with a modern twist. The film will be set in modern day Italy and will be produced by Debra Hayward, most recently of Les Mis.
London Theatre Awards recognizes Shakespeare’s Globe for it remarkable Globe-to-Globe series, a presentation of all 37 plays from international companies, all in their native languages. Simon Russell Beale also won for his portrayal of Timon in Timon of Athens at the National Theatre. I had the opportunity to see this in film version, and it was one of the most compelling pieces of theatre I’ve seen.
Steamy all-male Romeo & Juliet will be found in Arlington, VA at the Signature Theatre in Feb. This it the first time this script, which saw major edits for it’s West End production, will be seen in the US. Even in the first week of rehearsal, more edits have been made…come see what they are up to!
Audience-friendly Shakespeare for the Masses goes back to the beginning…with Hamlet. Hamlet has the honor of being the first production for the “quick, painless and free” company – with the first production coming in at 2.5 hours. This version, newly edited by the founders, comes in at just 1 hour…
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