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The Return of Fourth Grade Shakespeare

Earlier this year I spoke about Shakespeare to my daughter's fourth grade (9yr old) class, and I have to say that it was the best experience I've yet had. Just the right combination of attention span, interest level, and academic proficiency (i.e. they could read and pay attention :)). I heard that after I left and they went to their library hour, kids were looking for Shakespeare books.

I'm...
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Dunsinane : A Sequel to Macbeth (Kind of)

I love the potential for Shakespeare sequels and prequels. Once upon a time we played the "write a sequel" game, I highly suggest checking that out for Alexi's genius crossover idea that blends a Merchant of Venice sequel into an Othello prequel.  There's also Hamlet 2, which is a bit of a joke but does have an actual plot in there somewhere, and I'm pretty sure there's a legit sequel called...
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OK, I Honestly Didn't Know Most Of These

Any list of "Things You Didn't Know About Shakespeare" usually comes up lacking, but I have to admit that I learned several new things this time. That is, assuming that these are all true and not apocryphal.

Sure, we all knew that Shakespeare had twins, one of whom died. And the story with the starlings, although I still believe that one is fake.  Not that he released the starlings, that's true...
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Are There No Great Roles for Women in Shakespeare?

In 2010 Christopher Plummer announced that The Tempest would be his farewell to Shakespeare, because he had reached an age where there were literally no more parts left for him to play.

Are we going to lose Helen Mirren as well? She's played Cleopatra and Lady M, but at 67 years old what else should she play?  She did get that chance to play a female Prospero in Julie Taymor's movie.

It's a good...
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Giveaway! Win A Set of Bard's Cards

Susan does the Shakespeare, Sam does the drawings. Together they produce Bard's Cards, a line of greeting cards decorated with our favorite quotes from Shakespeare.

AND, for Shakespeare's Birthday they're giving some away!  Just head over to the site and follow the rules.  It's one of those dealies where the more you share it the more you have a chance to win.

Good luck!  But I'm telling you...
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Did Branagh Steal Judi Dench's Much Ado Idea?

via reddit user Does_Requests_Badly
Dame Judi claims he did. I can't tell how tongue-in-cheek we're supposed to take this, but the legendary actress says that not only did Branagh not like being directed by her, but he "stole all my ideas for the film." I'm sure it's all in good fun.

What bugs me is that the article does not go into detail about exactly what sort of ideas. Are we talking about...
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Shakespeare's dictionary is a possibility that makes me look up

Claims that a rediscovered copy of John Baret's Quadruple Dictionarie belonged to the playwright are unproven but very exciting

If ever there was a claim which I would love to see be proved true, it is this one. In time for Shakespeare's 450th birthday marked on Wednesday with a wealth of quizzes and "10 things you didn't know about"s and idiotic "Shakespeare would have liked Twitter" press...

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Which Shakespeare plays make the best ballets?

Christopher Wheeldon has staged a Winter's Tale to rival the many Romeo and Juliets. But as Shakespeare turns 450, which of the great adaptations still have legs?

The Winter's Tale review a game-changer for Wheeldon

The Winter's Tale has traditionally been considered one of Shakespeare's undanceable plays, with its switchback handling of time and place, and the complicated interrelations of...

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Geeklet Overload

My oldest daughter has gone a bit Shakespeare insane lately, and I'm ok with it.

1) She's currently writing a time-travelling young adult novel that features the characters from Midsummer Night's Dream coming to life (out of the imagination of Mr. William Shakespeare) and growing up as regular everyday high school kids with no knowledge of their "true" selves until they're called upon to save...
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This Year, Shakespeare's Going To Make Some Lives Better

Shakespeare is Universal #2
I'm happy to announce our Second Annual, Limited Edition "Shakespeare Is Universal" t-shirt.  Did you get your hands on one of last years? Are all your friends crazy jealous? Now's the chance for you to feed that green-eyed monster.  This year's design features an original casting of Shakespeare's portrait into a constellation of stars, decorated along the edges with...
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