Category: Shakespeare

  • 10 Historical Figures Who Might Not Have Existed

    A new video from Alltime10s looks at some well known historical figures who may not have existed. Some of these (King Arthur) are somewhat obvious. They unfortunately chose to skip some of the best known. For example it is unlikely that there ever was a Jesus, there probably was no Moses, or an Exodus. In fact only…

  • Midsummer Night’s Dream, Starring the Beatles (1964)

    In April of 1964, just a month after their famous debute on the Ed Sullivan show the Beatles performed a sketch from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nights Dream as part of a one-hour Beatles television special. Britain, at the time, was celebrating the Bard’s 400th bithday. [via Open Culture]

  • Shakespeare In The City

    Episode 44 of This Is Toronto is now available! This latest edition features the Spur-of-the-Moment Shakespeare Collective, a group of Toronto actors who strive to make the works of William Shakespeare more accessible. www.thisistorontopodcast.blogspot.com NEXT EPISODE: Feb. 11, 2011

  • Use Your Imagination

    Finding connection in the messy days of March is a challenge. There’s a dirty order to the snowbanks lining Toronto streets, exacerbating the isolation winter brings. People are packed away under layers of sweaters, riding alone in cars, subways, and streetcars; they’re lost in their i-pods, glued to their Blackberries, stuck to television screens. Roads…

  • Hamlet (solo)

    Raoul Bhaneja is nothing if not audacious. The Toronto-based actor, writer, director and musician, recounts the time a former high school saw his one-man production of Hamlet. “One of my high school teachers came to to me afterwards, and as if he quoting Obama, he says, ‘the audacity… to do that!’. It was meant it…

  • no good reason

    Didactic art can be such a drag. Plays are, I find, particularly trying. All those people, working so hard, just to push through some simplistic, and frequently obvious message -without a whiff of subtlety, insight, or actual passion. Reminds me of those mini-plays we’d put on in elementary school: SMOKING IS BAD. DON’T STEAL. HELP…

  • a spicy soulpepper season to come

    There aren’t many Canadian companies that would have the balls to mix the likes of Neil Simon, William Shakespeare, and Caryl Churchill, all within one season. Even fewer who would add Chekhov, Congreve, Anouilh, and Stoppard. Cries of “it’ll scare people off”, and “it’s too weird”, comments like “there’s no consistency” and “there’s nothing to…