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Brandon Robshaw's groan of despair is surely only defensible if Shakespeare is taught as an academic subject, and the teacher fails to respond to the drama of the plays ("Why it's time to give the Bard the heave-ho!", 24 April, EDUCATION & CAREERS). The man was an actor, for heaven's sake – and the plays should be taught up on the feet not lumpenly over a desk. Everything makes more sense if you're standing up and speaking the stuff.

The Merchant of Venice, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-upon-avon

It's not the word that instinctively comes to mind but, technically, The Merchant of Venice is a comedy. Tim Carroll's version for the Royal Shakespeare Company reminds us that the play is about three loving couples, that it contains a lot of romantic mischief, and that it ends happily – at least, for everyone nice.

Paul Scofield, an actor for all seasons, dies aged 86

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You write the reviews: The Histories, Courtyard Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

The word "event" is over-used and too easily applied, but it is the only suitable way to describe this staging of Shakespeare's history plays in chronological order at Stratford (it moves to London early next month). The cycle comprised Richard II, Henry IV Part 1 and 2, Henry V and all three instalments of Henry VI, before concluding with Shakespeare's second-longest play, Richard III.

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