William Shakespeare News

Date Of Birth:
April 23, 1564
Date Of Death:
April 23, 1616 (52)
Birth Place:
Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, ENGLAND
THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: Happy 450th Birthday, William Shakespeare!
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 24, 2014

Today we are turning our attention to the world's most famous playwright on the 450th anniversary of his birth this week - the incomparable Bard himself, William Shakespeare. (more...)

Joseph Haj and PlayMakers Rep to Take PERICLES to Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Feb-Nov 2015
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Joseph Haj, producing artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, is leading a team of artists from PlayMakers to mount a production of William Shakespeare's "Pericles" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). (more...)

Stratford Festival to Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday All Season with KING LEAR, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and More, 5/26-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Stratford Festival is celebrating the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare all season long, with five Shakespeare productions on its stages and a series of more than 20 special events at the Forum. (more...)

Theatre Pro Rata's TWELFTH NIGHT to Open 6/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

On June 6th, 2014 Theatre Pro Rata will open Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, performing in Twin Cities metro area parks. (more...)

SPRING AWAKENING, TWELFTH NIGHT & More Set for The Studio at LBP's 2014 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Long Beach Playhouse continues to grow its reputation for outstanding productions and season offerings that are eclectic in their range and flawless in their execution. The 2014 Studio season exemplifies this focus on play selections that are both intellectually stimulating and entertaining. (more...)

2014 Drama League Award Nominations Announced - Shows, Stars & More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 23, 2014

Co-Hosts Judith Light and Christopher Sieber announced the nominations for the 2014 Drama League Awards, including Distinguished Production of a Play, Distinguished Production of a Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and the much coveted Distinguished Performance Award. The 2014 Drama League Nomination announcement begins the month of celebrations leading up to the 80th Annual Drama League Awards, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis Times Square (1535 Broadway) on Friday, May 16, 2014 at noon hosted by Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (more...)

Shakespeare: One in eight Americans (79%) recognize 'To be or not to be'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

NEW YORK, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ 450 years since the birth of William Shakespeare, more than half (53%) of Americans surveyed in the latest YouGov Omnibus survey think that Shakespeare is one of the greatest playwrights of all time.  Shakespeare's prodigious ability to pen memorable words and phrases is the reason 72% thinks him one of the greats. (more...)

Ian Bartholomew, Anna Carteret Among Cast of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE World Premiere Production
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love. The announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - CASA VALENTINA Opens, Drama League Noms, Shakespeare's Birthday and More!
by Jessica Showers - Apr 23, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: the 2014 Drama League nominations will be announced, CASA VALENTINA opens on Broadway tonight, and it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday! (more...)

Carteret And More Announced For SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Opening July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love. The announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. (more...)

Celebrate the Bard's 450th Birthday at DRUNK SHAKESPEARE With Deals thru 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2014

The Drunk Shakespeare Society is celebrating William Shakespeare's 450th birthday all this week at DRUNK SHAKESPEARE. For all performances through Saturday, April 26, a free beer is included with the purchase of a $25 ticket, using the code BARDBEER. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at Oregon Shakespeare Festival
by Evan Henerson - Apr 22, 2014

The throw-everything-against-the-wall-and-pray-for-laughs approach to low comedy is a staple of live theater, and certainly, of William Shakespeare's plays. None play would seem to invite a shtick-fest - beg for one even - than the hugely ridiculous THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. At the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, alas, Kent Gash's free-for-all staging of Errors exposes the play's lameness rather than celebrates its lunacy. For ninety non-breezy minutes, every actor on that stage is mugging (or frugging) his or her collective buns off. Some of the players are quite deft and, indeed, the production has its share of laughs. Too often, though, the jokes don't land, the pace slows and the endeavor is dead in the water. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MAY VIOLETS SPRING: Elseworld Elsinore
by Duncan Pflaster - Apr 22, 2014

Dare Lab presents the new verse play 'May Violets Spring' in which James Parenti cleverly rewrites Hamlet to make Ophelia a central and active character. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Host Free Screening of Joss Whedon's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in the Park, 4/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday with Orlando Shakespeare Theater's free screening of Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing, a modern retelling about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a clever way with words. The Bard's beloved comedy comes to life in this black and white masterpiece.Much Ado About Nothing runs 109 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some sexuality and brief drug use. (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson, Alexandra Silber and More Star in San Francisco Symphony's New Live Recording of WEST SIDE STORY; Set for Digital Release 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will release a new live recording of the first-ever concert performances of Leonard Bernstein's complete score for the musical West Side Story featuring a stellar Broadway cast including Cheyenne Jackson and Alexandra Silber, and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, on June 10, 2014. (more...)

BWW Roundup: Top-20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 21, 2014

Is network news appointment television for you? I didn't think so. Are you constantly angered that ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT only talks about theatre when a Hollywood star joins a cast or someone falls 30 feet to the stage floor? Me too. Well, I have an alternative that just might satisfy your news and theatre cravings; podcasting. Isn't that just what hipsters do between their shift at Starbucks and another trip to the thrift shop? Well, yes and no. I'm sure there is a barista in Portland who is currently recording a missive bemoaning mass media's attempt to co-opt the indie subculture, but most people who do podcasts well are incredibly informed and passionate about their specific topics. (more...)

Underling Productions to Present THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN, 5/21-25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Underling Productions presents The Two Noble Kinsmen by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare at Theatre 54 in Shetler Studios (244 W. 54th Street, 12th Floor). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Actors' NET of Bucks County's JULIUS CAESAR, Begin. 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is getting a modern look at the Heritage Center Theatre as the Actors' NET of Bucks County stages this classic play about power and corruption. (more...)

CINDERELLA, MATILDA & More to Give Out Shakespeare Sonnets, 4/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

In celebration of William Shakespeare's 450th birthday on April 23, 2014, the Broadway League has announced a series of joint activities with World Book Night U.S, a non-profit campaign to give printed books to light or non-readers. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Shakespeare Theatre Company's HENRY IV, PART 2 is a Fine Production of an Uninspired Play
by Benjamin Tomchik - Apr 21, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's revival of Henry IV, Part 2 is a fine production filled with terrific acting and some wonderful ensemble moments. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop the play from failing to achieve the dramatic excellence of its prequel. (more...)

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