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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.

“Cast in darkness": Who should play Richard III?
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“Cast in darkness": Who should play Richard III?

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor argues for the importance of casting disabled actors as Richard III, spotlighting Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production with Katy Sullivan in the title role.

Q&A: Madeline Sayet on "Where We Belong," Shakespeare, and Indigenous writers
a woman, with her arms spread out, standing alone on a dark stage surrounded by many small lights
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Q&A: Madeline Sayet on "Where We Belong," Shakespeare, and Indigenous writers

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“Things don’t just happen. Everything around us was actually created intentionally at some point in time, right? So in order to break down systemic oppression, you really have to look at how things were constructed.”

The African Company and Black Shakespeare in 1820s New York
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The African Company and Black Shakespeare in 1820s New York

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Joyce Green MacDonald is the author of this excerpt from The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Race, a collection of essays edited by Patricia Akhimie.

What's Onstage at Shakespeare Theaters in February
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What's Onstage at Shakespeare Theaters in February

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Ben Lauer

See what’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters across the United States this month.

Riding double: Women on horseback and early modern courtship rituals
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Riding double: Women on horseback and early modern courtship rituals

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Patricia Akhimie

Patricia Akhimie examines the crucial role of women’s travels on horseback in the making of early modern marriage.

Re-thinking "Honest Iago"
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Re-thinking "Honest Iago"

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor grapples with the larger question of whether Iago deserves the sympathetic re-evaluation found in Iago: The Green Eyed Monster.

Garden of Love: Embroidered treasures from 17th-century England
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Garden of Love: Embroidered treasures from 17th-century England

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Rachel Pollack

The language of botanicals can be found in some of the smallest treasures to survive the 17th century, such as embroidered boxes.

Excerpt: "Shakespeare's House"
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Excerpt: "Shakespeare's House"

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“When it came to Elizabethan furniture, you could never be completely certain that it wasn’t bewitched,” writes Richard Schoch.

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

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Find out what’s on this month at Shakespeare theaters in Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco, Atlanta, South Bend, and more.

Shakes-year in Review: Shakespeare theaters look back at 2023
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Shakes-year in Review: Shakespeare theaters look back at 2023

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Ben Lauer

We asked our theater partners across the United States to share their highlights from 2023.

Birds of Shakespeare: The greylag goose
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Birds of Shakespeare: The greylag goose

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Missy Dunaway

Artist Missy Dunaway concludes her Birds of Shakespeare series with the greylag goose, the subject of Romeo and Mercutio’s rapid-fire puns in Romeo and Juliet.

How William Shakespeare invented the holiday romcom
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How William Shakespeare invented the holiday romcom

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor argues that today’s holiday romantic comedies are full of recognizably Shakespearean motifs.

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