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  1. Shaking up a Shakespearean tragedy

    Posted Jun 26th 2005, 12:00am by lau kit wai

    ... a comedy and not a tragedy,' explained Andrews. 'We have taken the basic love story and made, shall I say, a very liberal creative interpretation.' Andrews' version of Romeo ... a Shakespearean drama for the past five years. I remembered myself as not really understanding Shakespeare as a kid, and my English was fairly good.' He also wants to children to realise that drama ...

  2. English literature poses 2 endings in Ho drama

    Posted Jan 31st 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... popularity of the production now playing at London's Donmar Warehouse demonstrates, the tragedy speaks just as powerfully to modern audiences as it did in Jacobean England. And it transcends cultures as easily as it has crossed the centuries. The tragedy was adopted by Japanese film-maker Akira Kurosawa as the inspiration for his 1985 epic Ran. It has even been adapted as traditional ...

  3. The Lodger

    Posted Nov 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Charmaine Chan

    ... Charmaine Chan by Charles Nicholl Penguin, HK$153 The first chapter of The Lodger will turn readers off or pique their curiosity. In The Deposition Charles Nicholl outlines the flimsy basis for his book, which seeks to expound on William Shakespeare by wo ...

  4. Tang delights in minimalist approach

    Posted Jan 15th 2008, 12:00am by Simon Scanlon

    ... Award-winning director focuses on relationship between actor and audience in gory and violent Shakespearian tragedy, writes Simon Scanlon Cannibalism. Rape. Mutilation. Not things ... Andronicus, a lesser-known tragedy reinterpreted for the 2008 Hong Kong Arts Festival by award-winning director Tang Shu-Wing, was composed by the Bard owing to its extraordinary level of gore ...

  5. Family ties through the ages

    Posted Nov 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Kate Whitehead

    ... feel the same now as they did 400 years ago. Emotions don't change, but cultural attitudes do- as students involved in the Shakespearean segment of the Youth Arts Festival have discovered. Director Andrea Miller had the idea of exploring parent-child relationships through several plays. The result is Way to go Will- which contains five scenes from five Shakespearean plays. The first ...

  6. The Shakespeare Curse

    Posted Feb 28th 2010, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Shakespeare Curse by J.L. Carrell Harper, HK$94 J.L. Carrell scored a hit with The Shakespeare Secret, a winning combination of serial killing, conspiracy thriller and, well, Shakespeare. Having sold more than 250,000 copies, Carrell knows ...

  7. No holds Bard

    Posted Feb 17th 2009, 12:00am by Richard James Havis

    ... wanted me to express the spirituality of the character. So I used Shakespeare's text as a way to find that- as a way to discover Hamlet's inner life.' Shakespearean tragedies seem ... is not culturally specific. 'I think it's just that we all suffer, and that's why we reach for those emotions in Shakespeare. 'It's in Greek tragedy, too. The Greek classics ...

  8. Fool

    Posted Jan 17th 2010, 12:00am by Nick Ryan

    ... is also the only one to tell him the truth. In this high-octane version, Moore takes a tragedy and milks it for all the laughs he can get. Pocket mercilessly deflowers all and sundry, revealing ... for ribaldry and fun at these characters' expense. Moore himself admits that he borrows from at least a dozen of the Bard's plays for this serving of tragedy, comedy and medieval porn. ...

  9. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    Posted Jun 21st 2009, 12:00am by James Kidd

    ... James Kidd The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski Harper HK$114 Any number of writers has taken on Hamlet. Chap called Shakespeare gave it a try, as did another by the name of Tom Stoppard. Both play to packed houses to this day, even though most ...

  10. Triumph of the Will

    Posted Oct 21st 2007, 12:00am by Tim Cribb

    ... in a then-emergent tongue he did much to invent and popularise, have been universally embraced. Bate, a Shakespearean scholar, says: 'One of the things that keeps Shakespeare alive is that his plays ... interpretations, will help redress the decade-long drive for 'Shakespearean studies with Chinese characteristics'. William Shakespeare- Complete Works (Palgrave Macmillan, HK$395) ...




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