A Thing or Two About Shakespeare

By February 3, 2014Shakespeare

We, here at Shakespeare in the Ruff, come across a myriad of Shakespeare-related material. Every month we choose some of our favourites to share with you.

February 2014:


From the same people who brought you The (new) Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank, we now have another destination; the recreation of an indoor Jacobian theatre called The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The King’s Men (the final incarnation of Shakespeare’s company) performed at The Blackfriars, starting in 1608, and it required hundreds of dripping candles to keep the actors visible. We’re pleased to share that the new one is up and running and the first performance took place in mid-January. For more details, check out this article from The Guardian.

Oh, and they still light the place with candles…here’s how:

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Dave Matthews puts his own spin on one of Shakespeare’s tunes from Twelfth Night. A haunting take on ‘Come Away Death’ and a reminder of how versatile this language can be:

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Know of any contemporary versions of Shakespeare’s songs we should hear?



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