Shakespeare

How the music of Bach can teach us how to die

28 November 2017 15:35

Imagine if we had access to over a hundred Shakespeare plays in which the Bard was at or near the…

Netflix was wrong to fire Kevin Spacey

5 November 2017 15:10

Being, as ever, years late to the party, my wife and I were only midway through season one of House…

Books Podcast: Taking Hamlet around the world

8 May 2017 13:59

This week’s Books Podcast turns to perhaps the greatest work of the greatest writer in English history. Yup: it’s Hamlet…

The obsession with diversity in theatre risks spoiling Shakespeare

19 February 2017 10:00

Twelfth Night launched at the National Theatre this week, with Malvolio turned into Malvolia. ‘We’ve definitely upped the gender-bendedness of…

Larkin, Keats and Hardy can all be summed up in a word – but not Shakespeare

5 November 2016 9:00

What can be said in a word? A lot, if you are a poet. Poets annex familiar words and empower…

Emma Rice was never as radical as she thought she was

26 October 2016 13:32

Towards the end of Emma Rice’s recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of the mechanicals decides to give…

Exit Emma Rice, and does anyone care?

25 October 2016 19:47

The exit of Emma Rice from her position as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe is a happy day for Shakespeare…

Is Michael Gove the Brutus to Boris Johnson’s Caesar?

30 June 2016 16:16

Boris Johnson managed to surprise commentariats and colleagues alike today when he used his supposed leadership launch to announce that…

Are Shakespeare’s musings on money still relevant today?

25 April 2016 9:39

You may this weekend have attended one of hundreds of events around the country to celebrate the 400th anniversary of…

The Spectator podcast: Obama’s Brexit overreach

23 April 2016 8:30

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The Spectator podcast: Obama’s Brexit overreach

21 April 2016 7:54

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Are theatre audiences getting out of hand?

10 March 2016 17:46

Laurence Fox has this week joined an increasing band of actors hitting back at misbehaving audience members who seem to…

PMQs sketch: A wet performance from Jeremy Corbyn

6 January 2016 16:21

Corybn gave his wettest ever performance at PMQs. The party leaders had different theories about the authorship of the floods.…

What’s the point of the Met’s new Otello?

22 October 2015 17:04

The new production of Verdi’s Otello at the Met, with set designs by Ed Devlin, did make me wonder, as…

Fine producers who don’t employ disabled actors and actors will just learn how to fake disability

12 June 2015 14:45

Jenny Sealey, director of Graeae Theatre Company, has had a brainwave. Fine producers who don’t employ disabled actors. She’s particularly…

‘Trigger warnings’ are tools for censorship. They have no place in academia

26 May 2015 18:02

I get defensive when feminists are accused of being prudes. There’s nothing prudish in critiquing a monotonously promiscuous culture; in…

There’s one obvious reason why this image could only be of Shakespeare

24 May 2015 10:56

Professor Stanley Wells writes that the newly identified picture of Shakespeare on the title page of Gerard’s Herball (1597) is ‘obviously…

This ‘new image of Shakespeare’ is obviously not Shakespeare – but I’ll tell you who it might be

22 May 2015 13:39

In its issue dated 20 May, Country Life has published a long article by the botanical historian Mark Griffiths claiming…

Treasure Island is a boys’ book. There’s no need for a feminist twist

11 December 2014 17:34

When Robert Louis Stevenson wrote Treasure Island he declared triumphantly that if it wasn’t a winner with boys, then he…

Spectator books of the year: Roger Lewis on hating Sheridan Morley

17 November 2014 11:47

Sheridan Morley was an old enemy of mine, so I was thrilled to see him brilliantly denounced and called to…