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Shakespeare & Beyond

Shakespeare & Beyond

The Shakespeare & Beyond blog features a wide range of Shakespeare-related topics: the early modern period in which he lived, the ways his plays have been interpreted and staged over the past four centuries, the enduring power of his characters and language, and more.

A memorable Macbeth: Setting the Scottish play in 19th-century Haiti
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A memorable Macbeth: Setting the Scottish play in 19th-century Haiti

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Read about the 1936 “voodoo Macbeth” in this excerpt from The Playbook: A Story of Theater, Democracy, and the Making of a Culture War by James Shapiro.

“Without much shame retold”: Shakespeare’s sources transformed
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“Without much shame retold”: Shakespeare’s sources transformed

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor on how Shakespeare drew from the classics, history texts, folk tales, contemporary politics, and more.

How do Shakespeare’s characters react when they lose family or love?
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How do Shakespeare’s characters react when they lose family or love?

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Stephen Greenblatt explores this question in this excerpt from Second Chances: Shakespeare and Freud, a book co-authored with Adam Phillips.

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in May
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in May

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Ben Lauer

Find out what’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters across the country this month.

Worthy scaffold: The epic intimacy of William Shakespeare
a dramatic black and white image of a man and woman leaning with their faces close together
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Worthy scaffold: The epic intimacy of William Shakespeare

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor writes about movies that feel like plays and theater that feels cinematic.

Judi Dench's take on Viola in Shakespeare's Twelth Night
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Judi Dench's take on Viola in Shakespeare's Twelth Night

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What’s going through Viola’s head as she woos Olivia on Orsino’s behalf? Dame Judi Dench reflects on this key scene in this excerpt from her newly published book.

Up Close: Gods and mortals in Ovid's Metamorphoses
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Up Close: Gods and mortals in Ovid's Metamorphoses

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Esther French

How well do you know Greek and Roman myths? See if you can identify the mythological figures on the title page of this 1626 edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in April
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in April

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Ben Lauer

We take a look at what’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters across the United States.

“According to the scrip”: Shakespeare’s text from cue scripts to promptbooks and beyond
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“According to the scrip”: Shakespeare’s text from cue scripts to promptbooks and beyond

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Brittany N. Williams

Brittany N. Williams looks at cue scripts and their importance to actors in Shakespeare’s time.

“Murder most foul”: How Shakespeare connects Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth
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“Murder most foul”: How Shakespeare connects Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor explores the deep connections the president and his murderer share with William Shakespeare.

A ballad for Titus Andronicus
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A ballad for Titus Andronicus

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Listen to a ballad that was written around 1594 as a spin-off of Titus Andronicus, the revenge tragedy that’s considered one of Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most violent plays.

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in March
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in March

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Find out what’s happening at Shakespeare theaters across the US this month, including Caesar, Merchant, Macbeth, and more.

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