Shakespeare used outside sources to include in his history plays
British Literature

Richard II: Secrets to a Great History Play

April 30, 2020

Shakespeare’s view of history was filled with distrust, irony, suspicion of power but what were the different tools which helped to understand those different views in his history plays? […]

In a Hamlet pose, a bearded crazy old man looks into a skull's eye
British Literature

Hamlet: A Mirror for Shakespeare’s Creative Process

October 17, 2019

Shakespeare’s plays may seem impenetrable to many, but identifying common motifs can make them more accessible. These include the play-within-a-play, naturalistic language, and dialogue that reflects on the art of acting itself. All of this can be seen in Hamlet, making it the perfect play to analyze. […]

Hodge's conjectural Globe reconstruction
British Literature

How Were Shakespeare’s Plays Performed?

October 11, 2019

You’ve likely seen a performance of Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet, but how were Shakespeare’s plays performed back in his own time? Gain an intimate look at the eclectic audiences as well as what the stages physically looked like, getting a sense of what it was like to actually watch one of Shakespeare’s plays as it was performed hundreds of years ago. […]

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