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Tue Mar 30, 2004 from telegraph.co.uk
Northern Ballet's Dream
Ismene Brown reviews Northern Ballet's current offering of A Midsummer Night's Dream and finds it 'a child-friendly working of Shakespeare's loving comedy, with spectacular train sets'. The reworking of the play is set in a touring dance company 'on the road to an engagement in Edinburgh', and the fairies' human counterparts share character-based similarities with their supernatural alter-egos [more]

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Sun Mar 28, 2004 from scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com
Shakespeare and Chaucer - The Faceless Bards
Peter Ackroyd has just completed a Biography of Chaucer and is currently writing a Biography of Shakespeare. He says that, "Of all writers, with the possible exception of Shakespeare, [Chaucer is] the most self-effacing, the most anonymous. There is very little personal stuff about him. In fact, the only personal stuff appears in his poetry".
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Sat Mar 27, 2004 from guardian.co.uk
Vanessa Redgrave Returns to the RSC
After the successful return of Dame Judi Dench to the Royal Shakespeare Company in All's Well That Ends Well, still running strongly at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End, another much-treasured veteran has been tempted back to perform with the company. Vanessa Redgrave will play Hecuba in a new production of Euripides' play, to be directed by Laurence Boswell [more]

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Sat Mar 27, 2004 from icwales.icnetwork.co.uk
Shakespeare and Rotundity
"Fatness in Shakespeare's universe is a sign of trustworthiness, of honesty," says Catrin Pascoe of the Western Mail [more]

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Sat Mar 27, 2004 from telegraph.co.uk
Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company
Charles Spencer, Theatre Critic of the Daily Telegraph, reviews Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company by the company's former Literary Manager, Colin Chambers [more]

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Fri Mar 26, 2004 from iccoventry.icnetwork.co.uk
King Duncan Caught in Traffic
William Wilkinson, director of Macbeth at the Loft Theatre in Leamington Spa, valiantly took to the stage with virtually no notice last night, when the ill-fated actor playing Duncan was stuck in a traffic jam at the Longbridge Roundabout near Warwick [more]

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Fri Mar 26, 2004 from iccheshireonline.icnetwork.co.uk
Profile of Barrie Rutter
Barrie Rutter, Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides and currently playing Shylock in his touring production of The Merchant of Venice, is interviewed about his approach to staging Shakespeare, shortly before the show opens at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool early next week [more]

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Thu Mar 25, 2004 from guardian.co.uk
Shakespeare and Gardening
Towards the end of his book review of Rebecca Bushnell's Green Desire: Imagining Early Modern English Gardens, Colin Burrows explains the importance of flowers and gardening to The Winter's Tale and Richard II, before suggesting we might learn more about gardening from Shakespeare than professional horticulturalists [more]

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Thu Mar 25, 2004 from timesonline.co.uk
RSC Macbeth Not Foul Enough
Victoria Segal finds the current RSC Macbeth too fair and craves more foulness, although she feels the production soars towards its closing moments [more]

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Tue Mar 23, 2004 BSA Announcement
Shakespeare Across Ages and Stages -- A BSA Workshop
The BSA presents a one-day workshop on teaching Shakespeare in and across higher and secondary education.

Date: 1 May 2004. Venue: Bloomsbury Theatre, London.

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This lively and varied event is an opportunity for all those involved in teaching Shakespeare to hear the views of teachers and practitioners, to debate current issues, to see live performances and to network with professionals across several sectors. Speakers include Ann Thompson, editor of the Arden Hamlet and Helen Nicholson author of Learning to teach Drama 11-18. Morning sessions will focus on specific plays and afternoon sessions on issues and resources for supporting teachers.

There is a substantial discount for BSA members. Click here for [more]

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