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BWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey CharmsBWW Review: AS YOU LIKE IT at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Charms
by Marina Kennedy - September 18, 2019

The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey welcomes the fall season with a show that is a real crowd pleaser. William Shakespeare's treasured romantic comedy, 'As You Like It' is now being performed through September 29. The show features excellent direction with clever touches by Paul Mullins and a cast that is ideal in their roles. (more...)
UK's Shakespeare Rose Theatre Holds First Boot Camp in PH; MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Play for One Week, Sept. 17-22UK's Shakespeare Rose Theatre Holds First Boot Camp in PH; MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM Play for One Week, Sept. 17-22
by Carla Delgado - August 21, 2019

Shakespeare Rose Theatre, produced by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, recently held its first-ever Shakespeare boot camp at the Theatre at Solaire. This award-winning company from the United Kingdom (UK) makes its international debut in Manila by bringing two classic Shakespeare plays, 'Macbetha' and 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to the Filipino audience for a week, from September 17 to 22, 2019. (more...)
BWW Feature: Summer Shakespeare Spotlight. What to See Now!BWW Feature: Summer Shakespeare Spotlight. What to See Now!
by Ellen Dostal - July 12, 2019

Summer is the best time of year to get out and see a Shakespeare play, especially in Southern California. Whether it's under the stars, staged in a unique performance space, or revived in a traditional theater, you can't go wrong when it comes to the world's greatest writer. Here's what we've currently got on our radar. Go see a show! (more...)
Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida Brings Family-Friendly ROMEO AND JULIET to Pompano Beach Cultural CenterShakespeare Troupe of South Florida Brings Family-Friendly ROMEO AND JULIET to Pompano Beach Cultural Center
by David McKibbin - June 22, 2019

Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida presents a family-friendly adaptation of the Bard's most popular play, Romeo and Juliet at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center Friday, June 28 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (more...)
Shakespeare's Rose Theatre Announces Full Cast for Week-Long Performances in Manila, Sept. 17-22Shakespeare's Rose Theatre Announces Full Cast for Week-Long Performances in Manila, Sept. 17-22
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2019

Europe's first-ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre has announced its full cast and creative team for its week-long run of “Macbeth” and “A Midsummer Night's Dream” at the Theatre at Solaire in Paranaque City from September 17-22, 2019. (more...)
BWW Review: Independent Shakespeare Co.'s JULIUS CAESAR, a Political Crime Story Ripped from the HeadlinesBWW Review: Independent Shakespeare Co.'s JULIUS CAESAR, a Political Crime Story Ripped from the Headlines
by Ellen Dostal - April 15, 2019

Taking its cue from Orson Welles' 1937 Mercury Theatre production of JULIUS CAESAR, Independent Shakespeare Co. exercises its exceptional ability to adapt one of Shakespeare's massive works for an intimate indoor setting without giving up any of the play's scope or impact.  (more...)
Pop-up Shakespeare's Rose Theatre Brings MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Manila, 9/17-22Pop-up Shakespeare's Rose Theatre Brings MACBETH, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM to Manila, 9/17-22
by BWW News Desk - March 27, 2019

Europe's first-ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre, Shakespeare's Rose Theatre, makes its international debut in Manila. Two of William Shakespeare's most popular plays MACBETH and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, performed by an outstanding British cast, will play at The Theatre at Solaire from September 17 to 22, 2019. (more...)
BWW Review: A Modern Day OTHELLO Finds Humor Amid the Horror of RevengeBWW Review: A Modern Day OTHELLO Finds Humor Amid the Horror of Revenge
by Ellen Dostal - February 21, 2019

Never has the relationship between Iago and Roderigo in Shakespeare's OTHELLO stolen the show like it does in the current A Noise Within production, directed by Jessica Kubzansky. With an outwardly nonchalant Michael Manuel as the revenge seeking villain, and Jeremy Rabb, an actor who knows comedy like the back of his hand, as his unsuspecting lackey, the situational humor in Shakespeare's tragedy comes front and center. That's right, humor. (more...)
BWW Review: A WINTER'S TALE at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ is a Vibrant Holiday ProductionBWW Review: A WINTER'S TALE at The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ is a Vibrant Holiday Production
by Marina Kennedy - December 12, 2018

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is now presenting their marvelous season's finale, 'The Winter's Tale' by William Shakespeare. With splendid direction by the Theatre's Artistic Director, Bonnie Monte, and an outstanding cast of thespians, this vibrant tale has a clever blend of reality and fantasy that will charm audiences (more...)
BWW Review: Revenge is Never Sweet in Independent Shakespeare Co.'s TITUS ANDRONICUSBWW Review: Revenge is Never Sweet in Independent Shakespeare Co.'s TITUS ANDRONICUS
by Ellen Dostal - August 8, 2018

TITUS ANDRONICUS is one of Shakespeare's bloodiest tragedies. Characters are stabbed, beheaded, mutilated, raped, baked in a pie, and one is even buried up to his neck and left to die. At first glance it may not sound like an obvious choice for families who attend the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival, and it definitely isn't one for 'the youngest audience members' as the website says. But the play's extreme violence does present a unique opportunity for parents to talk to their teens about revenge and the futility of starting down its destructive path. (more...)
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...)

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