uh-oh

Aug. 2nd, 2017 06:43 pm
tempestsarekind: (very few dates in this history)
Working for the notorious Earl of Oxford in the 1580’s, [John Lyly's] plays were first performed publicly at the indoor theatres of Blackfriars and St Paul’s, then at the great Court festivities of Elizabeth I.
http://blog.shakespearesglobe.com/post/163633720708/who-was-john-lyly-this-august-sees-two-plays-by


Well, we know what that means… Guess Oxford wrote those plays too. I mean, "Lyly" is clearly a pseudonym; it is practically the same word as "lie." It's basically lie squared. Totally fake. Unlike de VERE, which is TRUE. Come on, it's an obvious play on the name of the Earl of Oxford! Why will no one see the truth???

(Seriously, though, I wish the Globe would film their Read Not Dead events and put them up on YouTube, or the Globe Player…I would love to see one someday, but don't think I'll ever have the chance.)

(I also wish academia valued editing more highly as a tenure-track activity, so that there might be more editions out there, and the Read Not Dead plays themselves would be more easily accessible to people without an academic library - or, ahem, to people who like taking notes when they read early modern plays - but hey-ho.)
tempestsarekind: (marlowe--he fights crime)
I'm being slightly snarky about the unnecessarily breathless, Wikileaks-style headline of this piece:

Spy report that criticised Marlowe for 'gay Christ' claim is revealed online
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/mar/31/christopher-marlowe-spy-baines-note-gay-christ-british-library-online

But the actual fact that you can now view the Baines note online, along with many other resources on the British Library's Discovering Literature website, is rather lovely, actually.

(Also, one of the other things mentioned in the article is Derek Jarman's notebooks for his film of Edward II.)

???

Jul. 19th, 2016 06:44 pm
tempestsarekind: (cheveril glove)
…How did I not know that Robert Greene was born in Norwich??? I was looking for information about Norwich's churches, and someone mentioned in passing that he was baptized in St. George's, Tombland. That was one of the churches I visited in 2014! The people there were very nice to the weird American who wanted to know if the angels on the roof beams were original or replacements!

Also, from Wikipedia:

Greene is thought to have attended the Norwich Grammar School, although this cannot be confirmed as enrolment documents for the relevant years are lost.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Greene_(dramatist)

Well, we all know what THAT means! Time for some anti-Norwichians to start doubting that he actually wrote Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay! I mean, apparently we don't even know who his father is, but the candidates are a saddler and a cordwainer, and everyone knows that boys whose fathers work with leather cannot possibly grow up to be playwrights. And "Bacon" is right there in the title, so...
tempestsarekind: (viola reading (tears))
I am quite pleased that The Duchess of Malfi is going to be a part of the 2015 Globe On Screen season (assuming of course that my local cinemas are still interested in screening them). But I am disappointed that it won't also be available on DVD and Globe Player - it would be so much easier to think about teaching non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama if there were solid, recent productions readily available to show one's students.

(I'm sure this is a licensing thing because the BBC showed the production - but knowing that doesn't make this any less disappointing.)

UPDATE: According to the Globe twitter account, they "haven't confirmed whether Malfi will be released on DVD yet," so there's a possibility that it might be. Fingers crossed!
https://twitter.com/The_Globe/status/542684556755619842

pout.

May. 23rd, 2014 02:30 pm
tempestsarekind: (peddlers of bombast)
So…I'm very annoyed about the existence of this documentary, and my inability to watch it:

The Mysterious Mr. Webster
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044z964

I really liked James Shapiro's book 1599, which actually concentrated more on what would have been available for Shakespeare to read and see that might have gone into the plays he wrote during this period, instead of trying to determine what sort of man Shakespeare must have been based on the plays, so one hopes that he'll do that here as well...
tempestsarekind: (where is my romeo)
Also, via Twitter, a link to a recorded production online of A Mad World My Masters:

http://www.dutchcourtesan.co.uk/mwmmfilm/

@ University of York, 2011
tempestsarekind: (globe)
The "Shakespearean London Theatres" Project, or ShaLT:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/2411/date/20130423/

I would go to *all* of these, if I could.

also

Sep. 8th, 2009 02:05 pm
tempestsarekind: (globe)
A friend sent me a link to this DVD press release from Bristol University:

"Explore Jacobean theatre on DVD"
http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2009/6398.html

"In a full-scale reconstruction of the interior of a Jacobean indoor playhouse lit by tallow and wax candles made using traditional methods, experienced classical actors, dressed in costumes from Shakespeare's Globe, perform scenes from The Duchess of Malfi, Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Changeling, Love's Sacrifice and The Guardian."

Amusingly, Hattie Morahan is one of the featured actors. Awesomely, Jenny Tiramani made the costumes.

There's also a website:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/drama/jacobean/project1.html

also

Sep. 8th, 2009 02:05 pm
tempestsarekind: (globe)
A friend sent me a link to this DVD press release from Bristol University:

"Explore Jacobean theatre on DVD"
http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2009/6398.html

"In a full-scale reconstruction of the interior of a Jacobean indoor playhouse lit by tallow and wax candles made using traditional methods, experienced classical actors, dressed in costumes from Shakespeare's Globe, perform scenes from The Duchess of Malfi, Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Changeling, Love's Sacrifice and The Guardian."

Amusingly, Hattie Morahan is one of the featured actors. Awesomely, Jenny Tiramani made the costumes.

There's also a website:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/drama/jacobean/project1.html
tempestsarekind: (bored history boys)
First David Tennant as Hamlet, now Jamie Parker as Hippolito in The Revenger's Tragedy.

Sigh. Why is England so far away and expensive?
tempestsarekind: (bored history boys)
First David Tennant as Hamlet, now Jamie Parker as Hippolito in The Revenger's Tragedy.

Sigh. Why is England so far away and expensive?

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