For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we’re looking at how theatre technology has changed since the very first performance of his wondrous play The Tempest to a modern version that uses a CGI Ariel.
The BBC is a hotly-debated topic right now, but with the launch of the BBC digital archive (accessible via eStream), we’ve been thinking about some of the great adaptations the BBC has produced over the years. Not least, their many, many adaptations of Shakespeare plays. We’ve already talked about The Hollow Crown (with the second… Continue reading DVD Review: ShakespeaRe-Told (2005)
You may have noticed that Shakespeare is everywhere right now, because April 23rd was the 400th anniversary of his death, which is supposedly also his birthday! If you hear Shakespeare and think dry, boring speeches, check out this week’s film for a rather different view on the greatest English playwright! If you like lush historical drama, tragic romance and fantastic costumes, try up… Continue reading DVD Review: Shakespeare in Love (1998)
What a year for William Shakespeare! The 23rd April 2016 will mark 400 years since the death of the greatest playwright in the English language, and by coincidence, a First Folio has recently been found in a Scottish stately home. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, printed in 1623. Without… Continue reading Shakespeare’s First Folio
With Valentine’s Day this month, it sometimes felt like we couldn’t get away from romance, but since it’s also the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death this year, we thought we’d have a look at a play that is sometimes considered the greatest love story of all time (as well as the most tragic). Romeo… Continue reading The Many Faces of Romeo & Juliet
The first Guinness Book of World Records was published on August 27th 1955. To celebrate its 60th anniversary, here are some of the most impressive book-themed records: The first ever Guinness Book of Records, now in its 60th year The record for Most portrayed literary human character in film and TV was awarded in 2012… Continue reading Guinness Book of World Records