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BWW Review: Kingsmen's TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Proves Honor Has Value and Chivalry isn't DeadBWW Review: Kingsmen's TWO NOBLE KINSMEN Proves Honor Has Value and Chivalry isn't Dead
by Ellen Dostal - July 6, 2018

It contains possibly the last words William Shakespeare ever wrote and chances are you've never seen a production of it. THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN was written around 1613 but not published until 1634, and is attributed to both Shakespeare and John Fletcher, the man who would succeed him as resident playwright for the King's Men (named for the company's benefactor, King James I). Kingsmen Shakespeare Company's production is the perfect opportunity to see it for the first time. (more...)
BWW Review: Pinter Plus Shakespeare Equals AN EVENING OF BETRAYALBWW Review: Pinter Plus Shakespeare Equals AN EVENING OF BETRAYAL
by Ellen Dostal - June 19, 2018

As its inaugural production, new classical theatre company The 6th Act, led by co-artistic directors Matthew Leavitt and Liza Seneca, presents two playwrights united by a common theme in AN EVENING OF BETRAYAL. Act One is Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL, which tells its story of marital infidelity from end to beginning, and a condensed version of William Shakespeare's OTHELLO, also told in reverse, makes up Act Two (more...)
BWW Review: An Irresistible Tom Hanks Goes for the Gusto as Falstaff in HENRY IVBWW Review: An Irresistible Tom Hanks Goes for the Gusto as Falstaff in HENRY IV
by Ellen Dostal - June 11, 2018

Director Daniel Sullivan's adaptation of HENRY IV, Parts 1 & 2 may only be playing in the Japanese Garden on the VA campus for another three weeks but it is bound to rank as one of the summer's most talked-about events. Why? Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles has saved up a secret weapon for the production, one few can resist. (more...)
BWW Review: Politics and Power Clash in Theatricum Botanicum's CORIOLANUSBWW Review: Politics and Power Clash in Theatricum Botanicum's CORIOLANUS
by Ellen Dostal - June 7, 2018

Theatricum Botanicum takes on Shakespeare's stinging drama CORIOLANUS this summer on its outdoor stage in Topanga Canyon and offers an intriguing look at the cynicism of politics and power. The work includes a massive cast of 45. Some are seasoned veterans and many are young actors in the early stages of their careers, including a sweet Geer granddaughter (Quinnlyn Scheppner). Together they bring forth the early days of Rome when democracy was in its infancy and mob mentality could turn the tide in the blink of an eye. (more...)
BWW Review: MACBETH. His Story. Her Tragedy. Our Misfortune.BWW Review: MACBETH. His Story. Her Tragedy. Our Misfortune.
by Ellen Dostal - April 12, 2018

This adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy has been reconceptualized to connect with the modern day #MeToo movement by offering an alternative explanation for one of its leading character's actions. It is built on the notion that all of the women are victims of sexual abuse - most specifically, Lady Macbeth - who, in this version, has been raped by King Duncan while her husband is off fighting the war. (more...)
Eighth Edition of the Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa Brings the Bard to the Artscape and Baxter Stages in April and MayEighth Edition of the Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa Brings the Bard to the Artscape and Baxter Stages in April and May
by BWW News Desk - April 3, 2018

The eighth Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa (SSF SA) is taking place in Cape Town this April and May. The Shakespeare Schools Festival is Educape's flagship initiative, an education program that is aimed at improving language and social skills through the performing arts. (more...)
BWW Review: A Noise Within's HENRY V Zeroes in on the Steely Aspects of WarBWW Review: A Noise Within's HENRY V Zeroes in on the Steely Aspects of War
by Ellen Dostal - February 16, 2018

By the time Shakespeare gets to the last of his history plays concerning the Wars of the Roses, HENRY V, the party boy who would be king has become a man. Gone are the indiscretions of youth seen in the earlier HENRY IV plays, which follow young Prince Hal on his escapades with Falstaff and the Eastcheap gang. When HENRY V opens, it is the responsibilities of a monarch that now weigh heavily on the new king's head, amid increasing tensions with France. (more...)
BWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast RepertoryBWW Review: SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE Stage Adaptation Romances at South Coast Repertory
by Michael Quintos - February 1, 2018

Witty, enchanting, and joyously self-referential, the original film version of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE fantasizes a story involving a young, virile William Shakespeare in his prime, who quells a bout of writer's block by secretly romancing an engaged lady named Viola---which apparently becomes the inspiration for the Bard's infamous star-crossed tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet.' The plot of the film remains fairly intact in Lee Hall's mostly delightful if slightly diluted stage adaptation, now continuing performances in a gorgeous-looking new regional production at Orange County's Tony Award-winning theater South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa through February 10, 2018. This spunky love letter to the theater is chockfull of stagecraft-insider amusements and fun-to-find Shakespearean Easter Eggs that both aficionados and casual fans will appreciate. But, shockingly, despite the spectacular production values and the beguiling, gusto-bathed performances of its large ensemble cast, this stage adaptation somehow loses some of the inescapable romanticism that is so much more prevalent in the original film. (more...)
Fiasco's TWELFTH NIGHT Opens Tonight at Classic Stage CompanyFiasco's TWELFTH NIGHT Opens Tonight at Classic Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - December 14, 2017

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Doyle and Executive Producer Jeff Griffin, presents Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through Saturday, January 6. The official press opening is tonight, December 14. (more...)
A Shakespeare Gift for the Holidays: SHAKESPEARE HIS WIFE AND THE DOG at The Broad StageA Shakespeare Gift for the Holidays: SHAKESPEARE HIS WIFE AND THE DOG at The Broad Stage
by Ellen Dostal - December 13, 2017

Here's a holiday gift Shakespeare fans will love Discount Tickets for SHAKESPEARE HIS WIFE AND THE DOG, coming to the Broad Stage January 18 28, 2018. This new comedy by Philip Whitchurch runs an hour and 3 minutes with no intermission and it looks terrific! (more...)
Photo Flash: Michael Urie and More in Rehearsal for HAMLET at D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre CompanyPhoto Flash: Michael Urie and More in Rehearsal for HAMLET at D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - December 12, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) presents Hamlet, directed by STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn and featuring acclaimed actor Michael Urie as the tortured Danish prince. Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedy will run January 16-February 25, 2018 at Sidney Harman Hall. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at Urie and the company in rehearsal below! (more...)
Hamlet Isn't Dead Presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Starting TonightHamlet Isn't Dead Presents THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Starting Tonight
by BWW News Desk - December 9, 2017

Hamlet Isn't Dead will present William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, tonight, December 9, through December 16, 2017. (more...)
Photo Flash: The Public's Mobile Unit 'WINTER'S TALE' Celebrates Opening NightPhoto Flash: The Public's Mobile Unit 'WINTER'S TALE' Celebrates Opening Night
by BWW News Desk - December 1, 2017

The Public Theater opened the MOBILE UNIT's production of THE WINTER'S TALE last night, November 30, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the festivities below! (more...)
Fiasco's TWELFTH NIGHT Begins Tonight at Classic Stage CompanyFiasco's TWELFTH NIGHT Begins Tonight at Classic Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - November 29, 2017

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Doyle and Executive Producer Jeff Griffin, presents Fiasco Theater's Twelfth Night, by William Shakespeare, beginning performances tonight, November 29 at CSC (136 East 13th Street) for a limited engagement through Saturday, January 6. The official press opening is Thursday, December 14. (more...)
Photo Flash: James Earl Jones, Sam Waterston and F. Murray Abraham Chat KING LEAR at The Public TheaterPhoto Flash: James Earl Jones, Sam Waterston and F. Murray Abraham Chat KING LEAR at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - November 28, 2017

The 2017 Fall line-up of PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE continued last night, November 27th, with PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE TALKS: EYELESS RAGE-ANGER IN KING LEAR, a conversation about anger-noble, destructive, cleansing, and clarifying-in Shakespeare's tragedy of ungoverned rage and its consequences, King Lear. BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)
The Fern Shakespeare Company to Present Shakespeare's THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONAThe Fern Shakespeare Company to Present Shakespeare's THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
by BWW News Desk - November 23, 2017

Love, and a bit with a dog. Is all really fair in love and war? Shakespeare tackles this age old question in his first comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. (more...)
BWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyBWW Review: TWELFTH NIGHT at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Pamela Roberts - November 23, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's TWELFTH NIGHT is a fresh look at a familiar story a bit darker with less over-the-top mirth. It is well worth revisiting Shakespeare's comedy for a new take on the familiar story. (more...)
Icarus Theatre Collective to Take THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH on TourIcarus Theatre Collective to Take THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH on Tour
by BWW News Desk - November 22, 2017

Icarus Theatre Collective, with Millenium Forum, Derry, present The Tragedy of Macbeth - Shakespeare for the Game of Thrones generation. An international tour will run January - April 2018. Scroll down for dates! (more...)
Child's Play NY to Host Series of Shakespeare WorkshopsChild's Play NY to Host Series of Shakespeare Workshops
by BWW News Desk - November 20, 2017

Child's Play NY announces a new series of workshops that use Shakespeare plays to illuminate Social Emotional Learning (SEL). This new program marks the first production featuring Child's Play NY's impressive roster of classically trained teaching artists. (more...)
'RIP VAN WINKLE' Premiere, THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Headline Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 2018 Season'RIP VAN WINKLE' Premiere, THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD Headline Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - November 13, 2017

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has announced the complete lineup for the 2018 summer season. (more...)
Hamlet Isn't Dead to Present THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSORHamlet Isn't Dead to Present THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
by BWW News Desk - November 10, 2017

Hamlet Isn't Dead will present William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, December 9-16, 2017. (more...)
AS YOU LIKE IT Headlines Shakespeare & Company's 2018 Shakespeare LineupAS YOU LIKE IT Headlines Shakespeare & Company's 2018 Shakespeare Lineup
by BWW News Desk - November 8, 2017

Shakespeare & Company has announced its Shakespeare lineup for the 2018 summer season. Under the direction of Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Managing Director Adam Davis, the season will include three Shakespeare plays: Macbeth directed by Melia Bensussen, As You Like It directed by Allyn Burrows, and Love's Labor's Lost directed by Kelly Galvin. Season FLEXPasses go on sale this afternoon. (more...)
Michael Urie-Led HAMLET Finds Full Cast at Shakespeare Theatre CompanyMichael Urie-Led HAMLET Finds Full Cast at Shakespeare Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - November 7, 2017

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) announces the cast and creative team for Hamlet, directed by STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn and featuring acclaimed actor Michael Urie as the tortured Danish prince. Shakespeare's most celebrated tragedy will run January 16-February 25, 2018 at Sidney Harman Hall. (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at Devil You Know's MACBETH at The Bussey Building in PeckhamPhoto Flash: First Look at Devil You Know's MACBETH at The Bussey Building in Peckham
by BWW News Desk - November 3, 2017

Devil You Know Theatre Company presents a thrilling new version of one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, charting the bloody rise and downfall of the legendary warrior Macbeth. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)
Photo Flash: First Look at ROMEO AND JULIET at Westport Country PlayhousePhoto Flash: First Look at ROMEO AND JULIET at Westport Country Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - November 2, 2017

'Romeo and Juliet,' William Shakespeare's classic love story, with a cast of 20, period costuming, sword fights, and scenic design by a Tony Award winner, will be directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Mark Lamos at Westport Country Playhouse, now through November 19. This is the first time the beloved play has been produced in the history of the Playhouse's 87 seasons. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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