Even outside of the Henry IV trilogy, the king cuts a tragic figure in English royal history. The son of the much loved Henry V, the boy became King of England before he was even a year old following the tragic death of his father. He not only inherited the throne of England but also […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: Henry VI, Part 1 Review"
We touch on one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays this week via King John. Whilst he’s one of England’s more famous kings for both his role in the Robin Hood mythos and as the king that signed the Magna Carta, I’d argue that because the play is largely forgotten he’s one of the few historical […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: King John Review"
Never one to shy away from famous lovers, one of Shakespeare’s most famous set of lovers comes straight from the history pages. The historical time period during which Marc Anthony and Queen Cleopatra lived was so long ago that many interpretations and evocations of their characters have come our way, creating such depictions that make it […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: Anthony & Cleopatra"
As You Like It is another great example of Shakespeare taking his gender swapping plot device to the fore once more with the much beloved As You Like It. One of the Bard’s more well known comedies, the play is a great example of potentially serious and deadly circumstances all managing to turn out well […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: As You Like It Review"
I return to another Richard with Shakespeare’s Richard III. Old King Richard has been in the public consciousness of late, with headlines surrounding the discovery of his body and reconstructions in both history and popular media in terms of a accurate portrayal. Off the bat I think it’s pretty clear to say that Shakespeare’s portrayal […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: Richard III Review"
I know I’m tackling a big one here. Macbeth, the famous Scottish play is probably one of the Bard’s best known works – which is saying something for sure. There are so many different angles to the play and how you can look at it that I know I can’t cover all the bases and […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: Macbeth Review"
I’m a little ashamed to say that what I remember the most about The Taming of the Shrew isn’t actually the play itself, but the musical My Fair Lady. For those unfamiliar with the plot setup, the play centres around an ‘uncouth’ young lady, and a man’s determination to make her a more perfect woman […]Read more "The Shakespeare Series: The Taming of the Shrew Review"