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This Trailer for the Present-Day Midsummer Night’s Dream Movie Includes a Man With a Literal Arseface

In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the character Bottom is given the head of an ass. Of course, that’s traditionally a pun and he’s usually shown with a donkey’s head. Not in this version. Nope. Fran Kranz’s Bottom has a actual ass for a face. Read More >>

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If You Read Pi Long Enough, You’ll Find Hamlet

It's Pi Day (if you adhere to the US calendar system at least)! Which, okay, whatever, if you were really hardcore about celebrating you'd figure out what nanosecond corresponds to 3.14159 or whatever and pop the Moet then, but you didn't and you won't so whatever, right? But! that doesn't mean we can't still have some fun with the nerdiest holiday in the land, thanks to YouTube mathemagician Vihart. Read More >>

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Royal Shakespeare Company to Sex up The Tempest With Virtual Ariel Avatar

The Royal Shakespeare Company is planning a new version of famed play The Tempest. Which isn't anything unusual. It's probably done two or three at least. What's new about this one is that it'll be using display tech backed by Intel, creating a tech-powered live stage special effects blockbuster. Read More >>

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Goatskin-Bound Shakespeare First Folio Found in Scottish Private Library

The owners of the posh Scottish country pile of Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute have lucked into quite the financial windfall, uncovering a staggeringly rare original copy of Shakespeare's First Folio within the racks of their personal library. Read More >>

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The Guide to Shakespearean Pronunciation Gives Elizabethan Toilet Humour a Funny Accent

How has it taken us so long to figure out that the key to getting more people interested in Shakespeare is through dirty jokes and funny accents? Linguist David Crystal has painstakingly created The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation, which will present the works of Shakespeare in their original, strange-sounding glory. Read More >>

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Globe Player Lets You Buy or Rent Productions From Shakespeare’s Globe as HD Films

Shakespeare's Globe has unveiled an on-demand video platform offering access to a back catalogue of more than 50 productions as well as free interview content. Read More >>

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Should We Teach Kids Shakespeare or Russell Brand?

English A-Level students will soon be allowed to read Russell Brand's newspaper columns and Caitlin Moran's Twitter feed on study time without worry, as part of a move by the OCR exam board to jazz up the teaching of English by adding the literary stars of today to its reading list. Read More >>

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Gumtree Seller/Scammer Gets Spammed With Entire Works of Shakespeare in Revenge

When Bristolian Edd Joseph transferred £80 to someone promising to sell him their PS3, he displayed just the kind of revenge-led thinking that turns an ordinary graphic designer into somewhat of an internet hero. Or Prince Hamlet... Read More >>

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Historical Wills Reveal Shakespeare and Jane Austen’s Last Wishes

Popular 16th Century social media guru and blogging ninja Will Shakespeare left just £150 to his daughter in his will. Although if you take inflation into account, that's roughly the equivalent of £380,000 in today's money. So he wasn't one of those poor-in-his-lifetime arty types. Read More >>

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“To BBC, or Not to BBC”: Archive of Shakespeare Content to Be Digitised and Made Available Freely by BBC

The Bard and the Beeb are to have a bumper year in 2016, with the BBC today announcing plans to digitise the entire archive of Shakespeare works it has produced over the years and to distribute them freely online. Read More >>

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A Million Virtual Monkeys Randomly Mashing Typewriters Have Almost Written Shakespeare

Jesse Anderson developed a program that simulated a few million virtual monkeys randomly mashing keys on virtual typewriters in an attempt to re-create Shakespeare. Amazingly, the monkeys (monkeys!) have managed to write 99.99% of Shakespeare's poem, A Lover's Complaint. Read More >>