Romeo, Romeo, vus is nocht?

By Sue Fishkoff, January 4, 2014

There have been numerous retellings of Shakespeare’s most famous love story, but few — nay, none — are as weirdly wonderful, in my opinion, as Eve Annenberg’s Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish.


Howard Jacobson to rewrite Shakespeare

By Josh Jackman, September 9, 2013

Award-winning author Howard Jacobson has been commissioned to rewrite The Merchant of Venice.

Publisher Penguin Random House asked Mr Jacobson to write an updated prose “retelling” of the play as part of a series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.


Review: Othello

By John Nathan, May 6, 2013

The two productions that have bookended Nicholas Hytner’s decade as artistic director of the National Theatre, Henry V and Othello, have much in common. There’s Shakespeare, Adrian Lester in the title roles and an ability to do that thing which Hytner has said National Theatre productions should strive for — holding up a mirror to the nation.


Review: Jonathan Pryce's King Lear

By John Nathan, September 13, 2012

Did Lear sexually abuse his daughters? In Michael Attenborough’s austere new Shakespeare production, with a splendidly bearded Jonathan Pryce in the title role, there is more than a hint of something dark and inappropriate in Lear’s family history.


How Elizabethan society responded to Jews and prejudice

By Simon Rocker, July 12, 2012

Shakespeare’s Shylock is probably the most famous of all Jewish characters, but we are less familiar with how Jews lived when The Merchant of Venice was written in the 1590s.


Jacobson and Ades hit out at theatre boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

The call to stop Israel's Habima theatre company from performing in the Globe's Shakespeare festival for political reasons has been labelled "an act of self-harm" by an award-winning British novelist.

Howard Jacobson was among those who added his voice to the condemnations of the 37 artists who urged the Globe Theatre to withdraw Israel's invitation to the Cultural Olympiad event, which begins


Freedom’s varieties

April 5, 2012

Over the next eight days, we celebrate freedom. For some, the invocation "next year in Jerusalem" has a very real meaning. This will, for example, be the first Seder in five years that Gilad Shalit has been free to celebrate in his homeland.


Israelis fear protests at Globe Shakespeare festival

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

The producer bringing an Israeli theatre company to perform for the first time at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has described it as "a dream come true".

But Rut Tonn of the Habima Theatre also expressed concern that the production would be targeted by protesters.

Habima's version of The Merchant of Venice will be one of 37 plays staged in 37 different languages at the Globe next April as part


Trevor Leonard says that Shakespeare didn't write

By Candice Krieger, September 21, 2010

William Shakespeare was not the real writer of his works - it was Elizabeth I.

This is the belief of political poet Trevor Leonard, who will be appearing at Speaker's Corner in London next Sunday, October 3 at 1pm.


Richard Benn is translating Shakespeare's plays into Somali

By Candice Krieger, September 7, 2010

Know how to say "To be or not to be" in Somali? Teacher Richard Benn does. The 40-year-old, who is head of English at Silver-dale comprehensive school in Sheffield, has teamed
up with his colleagues - and pupils - to translate William Shakespeare's works into the Somali

They have founded the The Somali Shakespeare Company - a community-based group established to promote Somali-language theatre and culture. Around 16 per cent of students at Silverdale are Somali. Glasgow-born Mr Benn tells People: "My colleague was out for