It's Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' but not as you know it

Stage Apr 30, 2019

It's Shakespeare's 'Hamlet,' but not as you know it

by Nobuko Tanaka

With praise for his "Hamlet" with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 still ringing in his ears — and the plum job of artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington D.C. awaiting him in August — Simon Godwin is an undoubted darling ...

In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

Books / Reviews Apr 23, 2016

In search of Japan's own Shakespeare

by Damian Flanagan

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: William ...

Man's portrait identified as that of young Shakespeare

World 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 ear ...

'Coriolanus' comes home — to Kyoto

Stage Jan 23, 2013

'Coriolanus' comes home — to Kyoto

by Nobuko Tanaka

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 Globe ...