In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

Apr 23, 2016

In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

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April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare (1564-1616), the greatest dramatist of the English speaking world. The anniversary has a particular resonance here: Few countries in the world have embraced Shakespeare with Japan’s sustained passion. The Bard in Japan: ...

New Shakespeare First Folio discovered

Apr 7, 2016

New Shakespeare First Folio discovered

A new William Shakespeare First Folio, part of the original collection of 36 plays published in 1623, has been discovered on a Scottish island, the University of Oxford said Thursday. Emma Smith, professor of Shakespeare Studies at Oxford University, authenticated the First Folio as ...

Syria unsafe so Globe brings Bard to Calais refugee camp, stages 'Hamlet'

Feb 4, 2016

Syria unsafe so Globe brings Bard to Calais refugee camp, stages 'Hamlet'

The Globe theater company took “Hamlet” to Calais on Wednesday, bringing one of William Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies to an audience that almost certainly would rather see it in the famed playwright’s native country. Wednesday’s performance may be among the boldest shows by the Globe ...

Man's portrait identified as that of young Shakespeare

May 20, 2015

Man's portrait identified as that of young Shakespeare

A British magazine has published an image of a figure that it says is the first and only known demonstrably authentic portrait of William Shakespeare made in his lifetime. The picture, of a young, bearded man wearing a Roman-style laurel crown and holding an ...

'Coriolanus' comes home — to Kyoto

Jan 23, 2013

'Coriolanus' comes home — to Kyoto

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It’s a fair bet that many people at the Globe Theatre in London last May expected the Kyoto-based Chiten (Point) Company to present a stereotypically Japanese, samurai-style “Coriolanus,” complete with taiko drums and period armor. Instead, however, Japan’s contribution to the theater’s Globe to ...