Articles

All’s well that ends well? How Shakespeare mastered the mysterious art of the tragicomedy

18 June 2018

Traditionally, many of us think of a play as being either a comedy or a tragedy. But for William Shakespeare, comedy and tragedy were not clear cut. In fact, merging these two genres was one of his favourite tricks.

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Stage Secrets of Successful Performance

18 June 2018

There are two fundamental factors that can make or break a drama performance: plot and actors. They’re mutually dependent, and a successful symbiosis of the two makes for a truly outstanding performance.

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An Archaeology Project Like No Other

24 April 2018

Author: David Divers, Senior Project Manager, MOLA

David Divers is a Senior Project Manager at MOLA and has worked on archaeological projects across London for over 25 years. In this blog, he explains why The Stage is unlike any other archaeological project he has worked on.

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Getting the measure of metre; or why iambic pentameter will?

20 March 2018

Author: Lizzie Conrad-Hughes, Artistic Director at Shake-scene Shakespeare

We all faced it at school: dealing with Shakespeare’s mysterious “metre”, and the brain-scrambling term “iambic pentameter” (yes, apparently those are real words).

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From hooligans to heroes: the history of the Lord Chamberlain’s Men

05 December 2017

Today’s theatre actors are celebrated; tickets can go for hundreds of pounds and must be booked months in advance. But though today’s thespians attract crowds of autograph-seeking fans to the stage door, actors were not always so idolised.

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Bringing cue-scripting home

24 October 2017

Author: Lizzie Conrad-Hughes, Artistic Director at Shake-scene Shakespeare

Early modern plays are stuffed with references to lines, parts, prompts and cues. The figure of the book-holder shouting lines from the tiring-house also appears. Why, though? Were early modern players lazy or forgetful? Not at all! They were part of a truly astonishing theatre-producing machine, and their “parts” were part of it.

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