This week in language news there is a lot of talk about Shakespeare performances this summer, some from new companies and some from well established ones.
There’s a review of the opening of the Oregon Shakespeare festival, with an admirable lineup of plays, including an all female Two Gentlemen of Verona. The reviewer gives the cast of Richard III this praise, “Like all actors at OSF, Donohue and his cast have mastered the diction and articulation of Shakespeare’s language.”
Gentlemen of the Shade, a new play paying tribute to Orson Well’s film Chimes at Midnight was just published this week. Like Chimes at Midnight, this play tells Falstaff’s story through Henry IV parts 1 and 2. Richard Forsyth writes, “The story elevates Falstaff from a comic rascal, to someone proposing a different philosophy to that of Henry IV, and trying to persuade Prince Hal to adopt that view. […]This conflict is resolved by the death of the two old men, and Prince Hal’s choice between his two fathers and their philosophies.” Read more or download it on the Players Shakespeare website.
The Telegraph highlights Erica Whyman’s work with the RSC, including her artistic debt of gratitude to Buzz Goodbody. “I don’t want a walled-up feminist enclave,” Whyman says, “but I hope we can redress a certain male bias in the RSC, running a dialogue with the company’s larger-scale work.” Midsummer Mischief Festival seems like a good place to start.
If you are interested in Shakespeare of the future, check out the American Shakespeare Center Theater Camp blog. You can drool over the workshops and rehearsal processes, and see a bit of what life is like in one of the finest theater camps in the US.
That’s all for now! Hope you’re enjoying some Shakespeare this summer!