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An annual festival celebrating all things Shakespeare is back in Tring for its 66th year this summer – this time with two Sunday matinees added to the programme.
The open air event, which runs from August 5-16, kicks off with perhaps what some may say is the playwright’s finest comedy, Twelfth Night.
David Bottomley is curating a project to collect memoirs of people who knew and worked with his late mother, Margaret Harrison, a Yorkshire woman who won the national competition to design costumes for the 1964 Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival of Twelfth Night.
He would be interested to hear from anyone who was involved in the Pendley Shakespeare Festival production of Twelfth Night in 1964, for which she designed and made the costumes, directed by Dorian Williams and organised by John Holifield. (more...)
What was Shakespeare like? Woodland has been deforested and barrels of ink spilled on this aspect of Shakespeare’s biography, so, as a bit of fun, let’s add to the eternal saga. There are two characters that Shakespeare named William and they are both in comedies; As You like It and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
You know those moments when a character seems to step off the page or outside the scene they’re in and know an awful lot more than they should? There are technical names for it, like metatheatre and breaking the fourth wall, but they are routinely startling. They creep up on you. And they are part of what makes unravelling Shakespeare about as complex as getting to the bottom of a strand of DNA. Here are five of the best.
1. Fabian in Twelfth Night:
‘If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.’ (III.iv)