Thursday, March 4, 2021

Revisit Lincoln Center Theater’s King Lear Starring Christopher Plummer by Marc J. Franklin

The production of the Shakespearean drama opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theater March 4, 2004.

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Friday, February 5, 2021

Tony Winner & Hollywood Legend Christopher Plummer Dies at 91 by Lindsey Sullivan

Christopher Plummer, the astonishlingly versatile actor whose career spanned seven decades, has died at the age of 91. According to The New York Times, his family confirmed that the award-…

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Christopher Plummer’s Robust Final Act Crowned a Noble Career by Jesse Green

At home in the footlights, he knew the power of charm and every trick of the stage trade. But even after a celebrated “King Lear,” there was more to play.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021

The Wizard and The Bard: Andre De Shields In Conversation About Shakespeare’s King Lear by Tremaine A. Price

In a special and intimate conversation hosted by Red Bull Theater’s Associate Artistic Director, David Winkelstein, Tony Award winner Andre De Shields (Hadestown) speaks candidly about his…

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Saturday, January 30, 2021

New from Red Bull Theater: Exploring ‘King Lear’ with André De Shields and a call for ‘Restoration’ new short-play entries by Deb Miller

This Monday’s installment of Red Bull Theater’s ongoing RemarkaBULL Podversation series, Exploring King Lear with André De Shields, considers Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of ca. 1605…

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Monday, January 25, 2021

BroadwayHD Becomes Streaming Home for RSC by Barry Gordin

The iconic works of The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) will now stream on BroadwayHD beginning today. January 25, 2021:  BroadwayHD, the premier streaming service for live theater, ann…

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‘Hamlet,’ ‘King Lear’ highlights, as Royal Shakespeare Company finds streaming home on BroadwayHD by Naman Ramachandran

Nine RSC titles will debut on BroadwayHD in January, with 20 more productions set to arrive in February and March.

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Red Bull Theater Presents a REMARKABLE PODVERSATION With André De Shields

RED BULL THEATER today announced that its offerings will continue on Monday, February 1st at 7:30 PM with a RemarkaBULL Podversation: Tony Award-winning Actor ANDRÉ DE SHIELDS will join h…

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Friday, January 15, 2021

Why Trump has made Shakespeare matter more than ever in DC by Sophia Howes

There is something inherently Shakespearean about DC. It’s easy to picture Lincoln wandering the corridors of the White House reciting his favorite passages. In his journal, John Adams onc…

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

I’m not writing my ‘King Lear’ in quarantine, and I’m ok with that by Kelly Conrad

Kelly Conrad always used to say she was busy, and thought that meant she was growing. But the pandemic forced her to revisit her tumultuous relationship with productivity.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Source Story For ‘King Lear’ Had A Happy Ending. Why Did Shakespeare Make It A Tragedy? by Artsjournal1

Basically, because of all the plagues everyone had been through, says Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Greg Doran. “There is a big change in tone in his later work. Academics ha…

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Sunday, December 13, 2020

The week in theatre: Nine Lessons and Carols; A Christmas Carol; The Ballad of Corona V; The Dumb Waiter – review by Susannah Clapp

Almeida; Bridge; Big House; Hampstead, LondonAs theatres ease into the new normal, the Almeida and Big House celebrate connection and isolation, while Nicholas Hytner’s A Christmas Carol d…

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Monday, November 9, 2020

Andrew Scott and Ruth Wilson to Star in Film Adaptation of Tony-Winning Play Oslo by Caitlin Moynihan

Olivier winner Andrew Scott and Tony nominee Ruth Wilson will lead the upcoming film adaptation of J.T. Rogers' Oslo, according to Deadline. The previously announced movie was written by Rog…

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Saturday, October 17, 2020

Tony Nominee Anthony Chisholm, Acclaimed for August Wilson Plays, Dies at 77 by Lindsey Sullivan

Anthony Chisholm, who received a 2007 Tony Award nomination for his performance in August Wilson's Radio Golf and had a longtime collaboration with the prolific playwright, died on October 1…

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

New Series From Off-Broadway's Bedlam to Offer a Shakespeare Mash-Up by Logan Culwell-Block

The streaming series will combine plot points and characters from King Lear, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, and more.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

As Schools Remain Virtual, Teaching Artists Learn To Adapt

by Rotimi Agbabiaka During a typical school year, Elizabeth Carter begins her day by commuting from her home in Berkeley to the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts…

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Friday, September 11, 2020

As Diana Rigg's understudy, I never tired of watching her | Margaret Drabbe by Margaret Drabble

At the Royal Shakespeare Company, the star’s comic timing was faultless – and her conversation was racy and rich Diana Rigg and I began as walk-ons together in the RSC, and she went on t…

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Ronald Harwood's The Dresser: an actor's life in all its grot and glory by Michael Billington

Harwood’s witty tribute to actors’ endurance, with its echoes of King Lear, is likely to be his permanent claim on posterity I last saw Ronald Harwood, who has died aged 85, at Harold Pi…

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Exercises In Imagination: How Bay Area Actors Craft Their Performances on Virtual Stages

by Jean Schiffman When Leigh Rondon-Davis first directed on a Zoom platform (Eleanor Burgess?s two-hander The Niceties at Shotgun Players), the actors were asking questions …

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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Bard in the Yard: Shakespeare fanfic brought straight to thy garden by Kate Wyver

This interactive solo performed by Lucy Aarden as the Stratford playwright is irresistible – even the chickens love it ‘Ovid wrote The Metamorphoses in quarantine. What are you doing wit…

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Archive on Stage: Enacting Life, Performing Politics by Vassili Schedrin

Solomon Mikhoels, the beloved star of the Soviet Yiddish theater, was once asked how long he worked on the role of King Lear. Mikhoels’s reply was: 45 years. Mikhoels explained that he pla…

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Philip Winchester Joins Playbill's Stream Stealers August 11 to Talk About Upcoming Rogue, Starring Megan Fox by Playbill Staff

The Strike Back and One Chicago star has deep roots in the theatre, co-starring opposite Ian McKellan in King Lear.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

Brent Carver, Tony Winner for Kiss of the Spider Woman, Dies at 68 by Caitlin Moynihan

Brent Carver, who took home the Tony for his leading turn in 1993's Kiss of the Spider Woman, died on August 4 at the age of 68. The actor passed away in his hometown of Cranbrook, BC in Can…

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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Bay Area summer theater season has gone online — here’s a roundup by Randy McMullen

From Shakespeare's "King Lear" to a moon-landing-themed new play to the S.F. Mime Troupe, here are Bay Area theater shows you can enjoy at home.

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Ian McKellen's Hamlet, aged 81: it's madness but there's method in it by Susannah Clapp

Eyebrows were raised over the casting for the young Prince of Denmark, but it could give the play new life At first it seems preposterous. Aged 81, Ian McKellen has announced he is to play H…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

BWW Interview: NY Classical Theatre's Stephen Burdman Gets Ready to Present a Different Kind of KING LEAR

On Thursday, June 25 (8pm EDT), NY Classical Theatre, New York City's all-free Off-Broadway Equity theatre company, will present a free virtual zoom reading of William Shakespeare's King Lea…

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Ian Holm, British film's best supporting actor by Jasper Rees

From King Lear to Bilbo Baggins - remembering the great film actor who vanquished stage fright Ian Holm was once in his local cinema on High Street Kensington, enquiring at the ticket office…

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Actor Ian Holm, Who Played King Lear To Bilbo Baggins, Has Died by Anastasia Tsioulcas

With a grounding in classical theater, Ian Holm became beloved by movie fans around the world, especially in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and "The Hobbit." He died Friday at age 88.

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Ian Holm, star of Lord of the Rings, Alien and Chariots of Fire, dies aged 88 by Andrew Pulver

The versatile actor went from the RSC and Harold Pinter to international movie stardom with roles as the hobbit Bilbo Baggins and an android in Alien Ian Holm: a life in pictures Peter Brad…

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A Midsummer Night’s Zoom: isolation dramas reframe Shakespeare by Chris Wiegand

Romeo and Juliet become online daters unable to meet in a new project that celebrates freelance creatives When the UK went into lockdown in March, a tempest of tweets shared the heartening (…

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

BEST OF THE DECADE: 10 Favorite Broadway Play Revivals by JK

Yesterday, we began our series about the "Best" of the last decade, from the 2010-2011 season, through the just ended 2019-2020 season. Today, Mike and I name what we considered to be the 10…

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