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Shakespeare Archaeological Dig of Curtain Theatre Unearths a Surprise >>

A recent excavation of the Curtain Theatre -- an Elizabethan playhouse where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed -- has revealed an orthogonal surprise. The dig proves the theatre was not quite the "wooden O" its description from 'Henry V' had proclaimed.

Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac to Play 'Hamlet' in New Production of Shakespeare Tragedy >>

Oscar Isaac has been announced as the actor to play Prince Hamlet in a new production of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, staged by New York’s Theater for a New Audience. Fans of Isaac will remember the actor for his recent roles in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Ex Machina.'

Lupita Nyong'O

Lupita Nyong'o Makes Her Broadway Debut >>

Most film stars whose career are on an upward trajectory usually don't take the time to make their debut on Broadway, but that is exactly what Lupita Nyong'o has done. She has debuted on the big stage with a role in Eclipsed, which she calls 'terrifying'. it is only two years since Lupita won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave. She also had a role in the mega-hit, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but was keen to stretch her acting muscles a bit, deciding on a 10-week run at Off Broadway Theater, then committing to the Broadway run. Eclipsed is a drama by Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame.

Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti, Chicago Symphony Mark 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's Death >>

Italian conductor Riccardo Muti will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this April in commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Something Rotten

John Cariani Takes William Shakespeare to School >>

John Cariani’s character Nigel Bottom in 'Something Rotten' might be losing to Shakespeare eight times a week, but Cariani’s 1996 play 'Almost, Maine' has actually beaten the Bard. Almost, Maine has officially been produced more in North American high school's than any of Shakespeare’s plays. Now the Bottom actor is opening up about topping Shakespeare.

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright Celebrates 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death with Sonnets Album >>

Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright marks 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this spring with an album of the Bard’s sonnets. Deutsche Grammophon releases the collection this April, which features a star-studded cast of guests like William Shatner, Florence Welch and Helena Bonham Carter.

Glenda Jackson Returns to Stage as Shakespeare's King Lear in Old Vic Production

Glenda Jackson Returns to Stage as Shakespeare's King Lear in Old Vic Production >>

Not all politicos lean to one side of the brain or the other. For Ms. Glenda Jackson, a two-time Oscar winner-cum-politician has announced that she will return to the Old Vic Theatre in October to Shakespeare's tragic King Lear.

Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart

BRIEF: Sign Language Brings Shakespeare to Listening Challenged Audiences >>

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Brian Bedford

Tony Winner Brian Bedford Dies At 80: Remembered for Disney ‘Robin Hood’ Voice & Shakespeare Roles >>

One time Tony Award winner and Seven time Tony nominee Brian Bedford passed away on Wednesday at the age of 80. Bedford died after battling cancer making him the 3rd high profile actor to die this week, with David Bowie and Alan Rickman both passing away from cancer at the age of 69. Bedford, a veteran of the stage is known for his work acting and directing for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Bedford also stole the show as Lady Bracknell in his 2009 performance of Oscar Wilde’s classic play The Importance of Being Earnest, Many fans will remember Bedford as the voice of the charming lead character in the animated Walt Disney classic, Robin Hood.

Genius Playwright Tom Stoppard and His Latest Piece 'The Hard Problem' Are Apparently Too Brilliant for Normal Audiences

Genius Playwright Tom Stoppard and His Latest Piece 'The Hard Problem' Are Apparently Too Brilliant for Normal Audiences >>

Tom Stoppard is a leading exponent of philosophy in theater and is considered by many to be Britain's greatest living playwright--but is that as much a blessing as it sounds? Per Stoppard, he has to "dumb down [his] jokes" and that is not very comforting for the 77-year-old.

American Players Theatre, Named Best Classical Theater in America by WSJ Critic, Adds Final Play to 2015 Season

American Players Theatre, Named Best Classical Theater in America by WSJ Critic, Adds Final Play to 2015 Season >>

Earlier this year, theater critic Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal called the American Players Theatre of Spring Green, Wis., the best classical theater in America. The company recently added the final touches to its upcoming 2015 season, adding a final play, Edward Albee's 'Seascape.'

Gotham Chamber Orchestra

Gotham Chamber Opera Presents 'The Tempest Songbook' with Martha Graham Dance Co. >>

Gotham Chamber Opera’s final production of the 2014-15 season will be "The Tempest Songbook." "The Tempest Songbook" is comprised of incidental music for "The Tempest" composed in 1695 and attributed to Henry Purcell and Kaija Saariaho's 2004 "Tempest Songbook" for soprano, baritone and period instrument ensemble. This is the show's U.S. and world-stage premiere. The performance will be a co-production with the Martha Graham Dance Co. The Martha Graham Dance Co. has received international acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Gotham Chamber Opera has also received many accolades and has been recognized as a pioneer in creating opera productions in alternative venues. "The Tempest Songbook" will explore the themes of William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" using dance, movement and song. The singers and dancers will express the words and actions of various characters, which will result in a lyrical vision of Shakespeare's iconic play. "I am thrilled to be invited to share my vision for 'The Tempest Songbook' with Gotham Chamber Opera," said director and choreographer Luca Veggetti. "Through my association with Kaija Saariaho, I became acquainted with her 'Tempest Songbook' and her suggested pairings with Purcell, which serves as the starting point for the production."

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Presents 'Romeo and Juliet' >>

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and music director Jacques Lacombe present of trio of works inspired by "Romeo and Juliet" from Tchaikovsky, Gounod and Prokofiev in Newark and New Brunswick. The program will open the 2015 Winter Festival: Sounds of Shakespeare, which will be the first year of a two-season Winter Festival cycle showcasing music inspired by William Shakespeare. Actors from The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will perform scenes from The Bard’s great tragedy while selections from Prokofiev’s "Romeo and Juliet" are performed.

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon and The CW Developing TV Series About Young William Shakespeare >>

The 'NCIS' star is branching out into producing -- and into the distant past. His new 'tale of black magic, romance and revenge' is set all the way back in the 1590s.

Elizabeth Swados

Climate Change Inspires Flood of Creativity from Theater Artists Around the World >>

New York hosts a growing number of theatrical productions from around the world focusing on climate change and the environment.

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