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British Council readies global initiative to celebrate Shakespeare's life and work

Saturday, April 25th 2015 - 10:40 UTC
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“Shakespeare Lives” is a global initiative celebrating Shakespeare’s life on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, and an invitation to the world to join in the celebrations by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of the great master directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools. Read full article


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  • Voice

    Who isn't influenced by the great Bard...seen countless references to his quotes even on here...
    You Canker Blossoms.....

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 11:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    The Immortal Bard.

    I see at least one of his plays at the Globe in Stratford-upon-Avon every year. But I also see others throughout the year at various locations around the country, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and so on.

    I'm going to the Globe in August to see The Merchant Of Venice in August, and would encourage everyone to try and see at least one of Shakespeare's plays at there by the RSC.

    It is simply magical and breath taking.

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 12:39 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    We wasted weeks at my English school learning quotes from that faggotty fuck when we could have been learning something more useful for everyday life.

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 01:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Skip

    Gay's an insult?

    Argentinean education!

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    1 Thanks for your blessings, Antonio.

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 03:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    You obviously missed the point then! His works encompass humanity in all aspects of life. What is more useful than that ?
    Your interpersonal skills can't be up to much.

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 04:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton


    To be [bad] or not to be [bad]
    that is the question,

    and the answer is,
    the Falkland's , the falklands
    my country for the falklands...

    so they,

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 06:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    “I see at least one of his plays at the Globe in Stratford-upon-Avon every year. ”

    Before you tell Porkies make sure you know what you are talking about..


    It's in London...............GOTCHA...Ya Cuckoo.....

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 07:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    8 Antonio

    Ahh, true to form...

    the tiresome Sr. Know it All


    “The same is true of Antonio in comparison with another great Shakespearean villain: the title character of his play Richard III. Richard, like Iago, is shameless in his evil. He is intelligent, articulate, clever, and totally unprincipled. Again, Antonio seems a “piker” compared to Richard III. In The Tempest, Shakespeare created a villain who pales in comparison with some of the villains he had earlier created”

    Or should we call you “Caliban”?

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 07:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Porto Margaret

    Here are a few flawless lines that Bill composed....

    Hide not thy poison with such sugar'd words. [Henry VI, Part 2]

    Thou speak'st false. [Macbeth]

    I was searching for a fool when I found you. [As you like it]

    Thou crusty batch of nature. [Troilus and Cressida]

    all unerringly apt for Cristina Fernandez and her minions.

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 09:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Thine forward Voice, now, is to speak well of thine friend...
    Thine backward Voice is to utter foul speeches and to detract.
    The Tempest.

    ....damn ...I didn't think that one through...

    Apr 25th, 2015 - 10:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Voice = Much Ado About Nothing.



    Apr 26th, 2015 - 01:47 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    11 Antonio

    “get thee to a nunnery”

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 02:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • HansNiesund


    As ever with Nipper, each post is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 11:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @8 Voice

    Oh look who's woken up.

    Yes you are quite right, the Globe is in London, and the RSC theatre is in Stratford.

    But I am not a liar, I made a mistake. OMG I'm human and I can make mistakes! At least I'm honest enough to admit it, you never have, you just prevaricate and try to distract, and when that doesn't work you insult people.

    But I still see 1 play at the RSC theatre every year, and others in various other places around the country. So making a mistake doesn't actually detract from the fact that I love watching Shakespeare on the stage.

    Here is (a probably incomplete list) of his plays I have seen in the last two years:

    Henry V - Liverpool
    Julius Caesar - Manchester (this was RSC and had an all black cast - exceptionally good in its interpretation).
    Twelfth night - Liverpool
    Macbeth - Liverpool & Stratford
    Richard II - Stratford
    Much Ado About Nothing - Globe (but this might've been more than 2 years ago)

    Now, if you were a gentleman, you would apologise for calling me a liar, but I won't hold my breath.

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 12:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    You have not experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original argentian:)

    to misquote startrek

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 12:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Sooo....have you ever been in his house in Stratford...?
    They do plays in the back garden all dressed up in period costume, but you have to time it right...
    Don't say you have if you haven't...because I have and I'll test you....

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @17 I have been to his home in Stratford but there was no play when I was there. The Royal Shakespeare Company do a grand job taking his plays to the masses.

    Shakespeare was an unashamed Tudor propagandist but a genius with the English language. I don't understand people that cannot appreciate great works.

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Yep poor old Richard III... how dare he sully the House of York...may he finally rest in peace with the respect he deserves...
    White Rose forever.....

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 03:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Of course he was an unashamed Tudor propagandist as his living and LIFE depended on it.. He slanted history to favour the Tudors.

    When the first Stuart King came on the throne in 1603, he wrote Macbeth.
    The witch's scenes are thought to be for James I's benefit, as he considered himself an expert, having written a treatise on the subject
    The allusions in their speeches would be well understood by him as he conducted the North Berwick witch trials, personally questioning the accused.
    So the play was bound to be a success in the Royal Court.

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 03:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    @17 Voice

    Yes I went, but was disappointed. It costs an arm and leg to get in, and there isn't much there except the gift shop.

    It's worth paying once, but I wouldn't pay to go in a second time. You can, of course access the gift shop without going into the house.

    I preferred Anne Hathaway's cottage, but its still expensive.

    Oh, I'm still waiting on your apology. Come on, be a man and apologise.

    @18 Elaine

    Maybe his was, but living in those times it would've been suicide to be anything else. The problem often lies with people who confuse fiction - namely Shakespeare's plays - with historical facts.

    People do the same, even now, with historical TV shows such as the Tudors, Wolf Hall etc... Whilst based loosely on some facts during a specified period in history, the writers take quite a bit of artistic license to make it more appealing to the masses.

    But regardless of his political bias, he is considered a genius because of his plays and sonnets.

    I would love to be able to see all of his plays, and as a member of the RSC I get advanced notice of the plays they are putting on. Membership costs £40 a year. That is why I'm seeing the Merchant of Venice this year. Apparently it's been decades since the RSC last did it!

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 03:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Everyone_needs_ResveratrolL

    Anglos will be Anglos

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 04:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @21 I appreciate entirely the political climate Shakespeare lived in. Shakespeare is rather an enigma. Have you read Bill Bryson's book about him? You might find it very interesting and humorous.

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 05:05 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Anything by Bill Bryson is amusing and informative. He discusses serious points and then throws in something that makes you weak with laughter.
    I think the last one I read was the Thunderbolt Kid.

    Apr 26th, 2015 - 09:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Heisenbergcontext

    When those lists of 'which historical figure(s) would you most wish to invite to dinner' appear, Shakespeare is always on my list.

    I'd loved to know what ( or whom ) inspired his sonnets in Romeo & Juliet, and his entire cannon is evidence that despite all our subsequent accumulation of knowledge and technological accomplishments...we haven't gotten any smarter since his departure from this earthly plane.

    Apr 27th, 2015 - 10:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    “The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.”

    King Henry VI, Part 2, spoken by 'Dick'.

    Works for me!

    Apr 27th, 2015 - 12:36 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    @24 Yes, I've been a fan since his first book, 'The Lost Continent'.

    Apr 27th, 2015 - 02:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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