See the RSC’s radical re-telling of Antony and Cleopatra in Stratford-upon-Avon
The three Jacobean plays will provide more roles for actresses
Shakespearean star Gwilym Lee is joining the cast of Midsomer Murders.
Dr David Bramwell, creator of the Cheeky Guides series, is also an expert "trickologist" and will be performing a comic lecture on the history of hoaxes, pranks and mischief at Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge at the Brighton Fringe in May. Here he shares three of his favourite lesser-known pranks.
The Reclaim Shakespeare Company plans to stage a protest against BP sponsorship at the British Museum this weekend
Thousands of children are to be given the chance to stage a Shakespeare play in a theatre to mark the 450th anniversary of the Bard's birth in 2014.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has become the latest cultural heavyweight to take aim at the Government over its education policy, saying funding arts in schools has produced “enormous returns” for the Treasury.
The Archbishop of York has inspected the final preparations for an event billed as Britain's biggest outdoor theatre production.
You think twice about even letting kids walk the dog round the block these days which is a shame. I don't know whether Swallows and Amazons [Hannon has written the music for a new stage version] was quite fanciful for the 1930s – to let children go off on their own for a fortnight – but it wouldn't happen now. There's a lot of interesting themes going on [in Arthur Ransome's book] – mores concerning what you can let children do. I don't how much has really changed and how much is media-induced paranoia.
When Peter Hall founded the RSC in 1961, one of his guiding principles was that Shakespeare should be presented in dynamic, mutually illuminating relation to new playwrights. Harold Pinter was the linchpin of this policy. So, as the company celebrates its 50th birthday, it's fitting that it should programme a major revival of one the classic Pinter plays premiered under its auspices – even if the Swan Theatre, with its thrust stage and stacked, horse-shoe-shaped seating is an awkward space for such an intrinsically proscenium arch drama as The Homecoming (1965).
Shylock lives it up in Las Vegas
One of Britain's best actresses is happiest when playing taboo roles – but would rather not suffer the awards shindigs that mark her success. Emily Dugan meets Juliet Stevenson
Just as the January sales come to an end – the Royal Shakespeare Company jumps into action with its own bargain basement.
Now that we know that the Royal Shakespeare Company will present their Stratford-upon-Avon productions in the Roundhouse from 2012, we can start to get used to the occupation with this taster season.
Top marks for the gifted schoolgirl
The Royal Court has commissioned its first festive children's show, from a writer who likes to shock. Andrew Johnson meets Anthony Neilson