Between the Covers 06/10/13

What's really going on in the world of books

University of London library director resigns over Shakespeare folio sale

The director of the University of London’s Senate House Library has announced that he is resigning, following reports of his relationship with an employee at the auction house through which he planned on selling rare Shakespeare folios.

The Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company sets out to make the Bard's plays more accessible to young people

Conservative Party conference: Attempts to make Shakespeare’s plays cool is ‘viciously racist’

Classic literature should be taught in its original form, youth worker tells the Tory faithful

Conservative Party conference: £10m fund to mark historic events, says Maria Miller

Money could be spent on events marking 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth.

Album review: Johnny Flynn, Country Mile (Transgressive)

It may open with expansive electric guitar and crashing drums, and the singer may protest he isn’t really “folk”, but Country Mile can’t help but confirm Flynn’s spot in the more interesting corner of the Mumfording folk-pop scene.

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Scene from The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Theatre review: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The role of Arturo Ui calls for bravura, high-definition acting and that's what it gets, in spades, from Henry Goodman in Jonathan Church's splendid production, which began life last year in the Minerva Studio at Chichester and has now transferred to the West End.  Brecht's blackly farcical "gangster spectacle" satirises Hitler's bloody rise to power by cutting him down to size as a ridiculous Chicago hoodlum who seizes control of the city’s greengrocery protection racket. In a tour de force of wild-eyed demonic intensity, the actor brilliantly charts the evolution of an absurd upstart into blood-freezing demagogue.

Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad are Romeo and Juliet

Orlando Bloom earns mixed reviews for his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet

New York critics split on the Lord of the Rings star's performance in David Leveaux's production of the Shakespeare classic

Food for thought: Kevin Macdonald, film director

Kevin Macdonald is a British film director. His How I Live Now is out on 4 October. He shares with Charlotte Cripps his current reading, watching and surfing...

Between the Covers 15/09/13

What's really going on in the world of books

Sebastian Faulks: 'I've hated all this Scando-porn serial killer stuff'

Cultural life: Sebastian Faulks, novelist

'I've hated all this Scando-porn serial killer stuff'

'The Roaring Girl' was last played at the RSC by Helen Mirren in 1983

Roaring girls: RSC to stage little-known plays with feisty female roles

The three Jacobean plays will provide more roles for actresses

Skilled ‘Shakespeare-translators’ like Margaret Atwood and Howard Jacobson should produce fascinating work

No doubt Shakespeare purists will be livid at the very idea of someone fiddling with the sacred texts. But I can’t wait to see what Atwood and Jacobson do with such glittering raw material. Atwood has form for reworking a classic, after all: The Penelopiad, her version of the Odyssey, which focused on Odysseus’s patiently waiting wife, is exquisite. And if you aren’t intimidated by Homer you can probably stand up to Shakespeare.

Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize in 2010

Howard Jacobson takes on ‘anti-Semitism’ in rewrite of Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'

Writer will re-examine  the characterisation of  Shakespeare’s Jewish money-lender Shylock

Can she take the crown? Liz Hurley has been cast as Queen Helena in a new drama about the British Royal Family

Another Queen Liz? Hurley cast in pilot for American drama about contemporary Royals

Hurley will play a fictional Queen who is mourning the death of her son

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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

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