Schoolchildren in Cardiff, Swansea and elsewhere will be able to perform the play in their traditional language
Scott tells us about his tender new stage role - and lets slip his biggest acting challenge yet
All the Globe and Stratford seem to focus on is anniversary hysteria
From Dogs, a Literary Anthology to Dogs of Courage: When Britain's Pets Went to War 1939-45
Campaigners are angry at a decision by the charity in charge of key sites in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-on-Avon
An ingenious updating of Shakespeare that avoids the temptation to become a mere jeu d'esprit
Another major production of the 'problem play' is opening up
Another good year for Shakespeare…but an awful one for England. Lucasta Miller reflects on twelve turbulent and productive months in the life of our greatest dramatist
The actor Emma Thompson has spoken out this week in favour of gender-blind casting, admitting her particular desire to play the role of Sherlock Holmes.
The Independent's letters editor and chief pedant spots this week's best howlers
In Rosebud Sleds And Horses’ Heads (Intellect, £9.95) Scott Jordan Harris explores film’s most evocative objects. The text is pithy, but the items feel random. You could argue that 2001’s totem is the gleaming red eye of HAL 9000 rather than the Monolith, or that Marty McFly’s DeLorean, or even his pants, are more key to Back To The Future than his hoverboard.
It’s behind you!” If those words elicit a groan, then bah humbug to you. You may hate pantomime but I’m honing my heckles in preparation to see several shows around the country.
The Globe Theatre wants pupils to experience the Bard through active lessons
The work has become the most expensive printed book in the world
The subversive humour and razor-sharp dialogue of the crime comedies Georges Lautner directed in the 1960s was often lost in translation, but in his native France they enjoyed a popularity comparable to the Ealing comedies in Britain. Des Pissenlits Par La Racine (Salad By The Roots, 1964), Les Barbouzes (The Great Spy Chase, 1964) and Les Bons Vivants (co-directed with Gilles Graingier, 1965) featured a revolving cast of character actors beloved of French audiences – Bernard Blier, Francis Blanche, Robert Dalban, Jean Lefebvre, Lino Ventura – and became a staple of television schedules.
Where are you now and what can you see? I’m at home in North London and looking out of the back, I can see the backs of shops.