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For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king?
—Richard II, Act 3, Scene 2
At Symphony Space, National Theatre and RSC screenings of King Lear with Anthony Sher, Cymbeline and Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch.
Coming to BAM, December 6-11, London's inestimable Cheek by Jowl company and its production of The Winter's Tale. This is on our don't-miss list.
Honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016, the Brits have created a series of short films, each inspired by one of his plays, called Shakespeare Lives.
Two fine but very different writers, Margaret Atwood and Anne Tyler, have new books based on Shakespeare plays, part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series. Tyler's Vinegar Girl is a retelling (as only Tyler can) of The Taming of the Shrew, while Atwood's Hag-Seed takes the The Tempest as its template.
Brooklyn's experimental Bad Neighbour Theatre takes on Measure for Measure, November 14-19 at Brooklyn's St. Paul's Church Hall. Tickets
There's not much breaking news these days about Shakespeare but the Times reported last month that Oxford University Press is publishing the first major edition of the Henry VI plays with Christopher Marlowe billed as co-author.
New York Theatre Workshop has the most sought-after Shakespeare ticket this fall with its production of Othello starring David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig, directed by Sam Gold… If you can't get into that Othello, try Othello: The Remix, in previews now at the Westside Theater, which gets a hip-hop treatment by the Q Brothers, GQ and JQ.
Election year in Rome, 493 B.C.E. has a surprising amount of resonance for Election year in the U.S., 2016. Dion Johnstone plays the title role in the production at the Barrow Street Theater.
Will you be in a politics withdrawal after the election? Probably not. But in that event, How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays will be enlightening reading.
Drunk Shakespeare brings an extra level of cheer to the performance of the Bard, when one of the actors has at least five shots of whiskey before performing.
Did you know NYC has its own Shakespeare Society? Indeed we do. Tonight at the Players, 7pm, they present a discussion of Richard III, one of Shakespeare's most compelling villains. Tickets are $20.