Happy Birthday*, both of us!

cakespeare olivia zampi the bakery lounge
image:  Olivia Zampi, The Bakery Lounge

*well aware, of course, that we don’t know Shakespeare’s exact date of birth.  Today’s as good as any other, I guess.

Subject to the above, Shakespeare would have hit 455 today.  Rather more reliably, WordPress tells me that The Boar’s Head is three today, my first post coinciding with the Shakespeare400 celebrations.  They seem half a lifetime away – remember them?

A few facts and figures from the blog:

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Richard III on screen

the great debate

Will the  real Richard III please stand up?

The differences between our screen Shakespeares can be easily as great as those between Thomas More‘s view of him pitched against Sir Horace Walpole in the fascinating book, The Great Debate.

This essay explores how Shakespeare’s script has been interpreted to portray our tragic hero …

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QotW (#71): 11 March 2019

Antony Sher as Richard, RSC, 1984
the ‘bottled spider’

It’s nearly a year (where has the time gone?) since I last picked up a book and decided I’d love to get down the pub for a session with the author (and bear in mind I’m still not drinking: day 70 today).  Imagine me, Anthony Sher and Michael Bogadanov setting the Shakespearean world to rights over a few scoops …

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