Macbeth (The Shakespeare Project)

“Blood will have blood.” When you’re performing in a restored Victorian theatre, the temptation to bring a bit of a gothic flavour to a production of The Scottish Play is understandable. The Shakespeare Project‘s inaugural production is currently in the middle of its run – they are performing Macbeth at the historic Salomons Estate near Tunbridge Wells […]

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The Shakespeare Project’s Macbeth: “What choices does he make to cross that line?”

A couple of weeks ago, The Shakespeare Project confirmed full casting for their forthcoming production of Macbeth, which is due to run at Salomons Estate in Tunbridge Wells throughout November. Leading the cast are artistic director Peter Basham (Macbeth), Louise Jameson (Queen Duncan) and Aaron Sidwell (Macduff). With the venue set and rehearsals on the […]

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Macbeth (Antic Disposition)

“O nation miserable, with an untitled tyrant bloody-scepter’d, when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again?” The Scottish Play continues to prove a relevant text, as Britain finds itself a new unelected leader, seemingly intent on removing democracy and setting the country on a path to modern-day Horrors. This time round it’s Antic Disposition taking […]

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A Midsummer Night’s Droll

With the sheer volume of theatre available to us these days, it’s hard to imagine that it could ever be outlawed. But at the height of Puritanism, theatre was indeed banned – and from around 1642 you could only find elite actors in plays abroad, and the part-time actors returned to focus on their livelihoods. […]

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#MindTheBard: round-up

Well then. I think it’s safe to say that this particular challenge week didn’t go according to plan! I did do a Shakespeare thing every day, to be fair, and this was the first challenge week to head outside of London for the last couple of shows – so that’s an achievement. I was on […]

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#MindTheBard: A Summer of Dreams

“What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?” A plethora of productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, that’s what! Yes, every year it seems that one or other of Shakespeare’s plays is the one to get your teeth into, and this summer that honour appears to have fallen on the much-loved comedy with fairies and mechanicals. At […]

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Day 7: Playing Shakespeare

William Shakespeare continues to be one of the most influential figures in literature & the arts, with his birthplace Stratford-upon-Avon a popular tourist destination (as well as the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company). He has reached out into our daily lives, as many words & phrases that he included in his works still figure […]

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