21st April 2021
Uneasy lies the head …
Luke Taylor SJ recommends the BBC’s adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays, The Hollow Crown, and invites us to use the drama as a lens through which to think about our place in history.
21st April 2016
Shakespeare: ‘The undiscovered country’
Early London audiences, whose ‘appetite for sermons was insatiable’, would have heard in the words of Shakespeare’s plays plenty of allusions to and echoes of biblical ideas, writes Gerard Kilroy.
19th April 2016
Words, words and holy words in Shakespeare
David Crystal explains why counting the number of words in Shakespeare’s canon can’t be an exact science. But we can identify the semantic field of which Shakespeare made most use: religious language.
20th October 2015
In Macbeth, Shakespeare not only explores the instability of the political and social order, but taps into the fears that this is no mere human struggle.
25th March 2015
Richard III: ‘every tale condemns me for a villain’
Jane Hellings asks how kindly Richard III has been treated by popular history and wonders what the Catholic king would make of his Protestant burial.
13th June 2013
Much Ado About Nothing
The original text transfers with surprising ease to the 21st century, and while the gravitas that comes with a period setting might be missing, the breeziness that we find in its place is charming.
9th March 2012
Coriolanus is an extended character study of a war hero re-encountering the city for which he has fought, the shifting opinions of the people first electing him Consul and then banishing him.
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