Lately

It's been one of those mad glorious weeks that tend to roll around once or twice a year, filled with goodies of every kind. Thursday week ago I saw a fab concert performance of Rameau's Dardanus by the English Touring Opera at the Sheldonian. As it happens, this is my only opera this autumn - … Continue reading Lately

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Shakespeare Saturday: The Taming of the Shrew

If I be waspish, best beware my sting. I confess: The Taming of the Shrew is probably my least favourite of Shakespeare's comedies. In fact, it probably hovers pretty near the bottom in my overall order of preference. Strangely enough, it is my earliest Shakespeare memory - I must have been in primary school when … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: The Taming of the Shrew

I’m not even going to pretend to be cool about this

The Bodleian Library's Shakespeare exhibition, Shakespeare's Dead, is now open till 18th September. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, the focus is on death in his plays, and in the literature of his time. On display is of course the First Folio, the first playbook (Romeo and Juliet), the first edition of Venus … Continue reading I’m not even going to pretend to be cool about this