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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.

At the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, "UpRight" readings in surprise locations
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At the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, "UpRight" readings in surprise locations

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Ben Lauer

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s Pop-UpRight Shakespeare series brings lively, “upright,” on-your-feet staged readings of Shakespeare’s plays to surprise locations in and around Nashville.

Folger Finds: 19th-century actors in Shakespearean roles
Edmund Kean
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Folger Finds: 19th-century actors in Shakespearean roles

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Kristen Sieck

See portraits from the Folger collection of Edmund Kean as Richard III, Ellen Terry as Beatrice, Edwin Booth as Iago, and Fanny Kemble as Juliet.

Five ideas for a Shakespeare-themed Halloween costume
Touchstone in As You Like It
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Five ideas for a Shakespeare-themed Halloween costume

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We’ve got five great ideas for a Shakespeare-themed Halloween costume, from Hermione to Touchstone.

Elizabethan theater etiquette and audience expectations today
Imagining the audience at the Globe
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Elizabethan theater etiquette and audience expectations today

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Austin Tichenor

Austin Tichenor writes about the theater-going experience in Shakespeare’s time and how that contrasts with audience expectations today.

Play on! Q&A: Lillian Groag on translating 'Troilus and Cressida'
Troilus and Cressida
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Play on! Q&A: Lillian Groag on translating 'Troilus and Cressida'

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Lillian Groag writes about the challenges of translating one of Shakespeare’s more obscure plays, ‘Troilus and Cressida,’ for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play on! project.

Toil and trouble: Recipes and the witches in 'Macbeth'
recipes
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Toil and trouble: Recipes and the witches in 'Macbeth'

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David B. Goldstein

Shakespeare’s witches, like nearly all witches of Shakespeare’s time, have their roots in the kitchen more than in the study.

What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in September
Sarah Harlett as Richard III. Seattle Shakespeare Company's all-female production.
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What's onstage at Shakespeare theaters in September

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Ben Lauer

Find out what’s onstage at Shakespeare theaters across the United States in September.

Drawing Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Titania and Bottom
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Drawing Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Paul Glenshaw

Artist Paul Glenshaw takes a close look at Titania and Bottom as he draws the scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” depicted on a Folger bas-relief.

Excerpt - 'The Shakespeare Requirement' by Julie Schumacher
The Shakespeare Requirement cover image
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Excerpt - 'The Shakespeare Requirement' by Julie Schumacher

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In her new novel “The Shakespeare Requirement,” Julie Schumacher continues her satirical commentary on the humanities in academia.

Mary Baker and the legacy of Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Anne Hathway
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Mary Baker and the legacy of Anne Hathaway's Cottage

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This excerpt from a new book by Katherine West Scheil explores the 19th-century transformation of the Anne Hathaway Cottage into a tourist destination.

Quiz: Shakespeare's Macbeth? Or William Davenant's 17th-century adaptation?
Ian Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris as the tragically ambitious Macbeths. Photo by Brittany Diliberto.
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Quiz: Shakespeare's Macbeth? Or William Davenant's 17th-century adaptation?

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Take this quiz to see if you can identify lines from Shakespeare’s Macbeth or the Restoration-era version as adapted and amended by Sir William Davenant.

After Sarah Bernhardt: Frances de la Tour's 1979 performance as Hamlet
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After Sarah Bernhardt: Frances de la Tour's 1979 performance as Hamlet

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Jonathan Croall writes about Frances de la Tour’s 1979 performance as Hamlet, the first woman to do so on the English stage since Sarah Bernhardt.

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