2010 Shakespeare Festival at The Old Globe

“This year’s Old Globe Shakespeare Festival is overall the strongest in several years and a fitting way of celebrating the Globe’s 75th anniversary season,” said Talkin’Broadway.  Featured this season are 3 stellar plays, Taming of the Shrew and King Lear by William Shakespeare, the third  The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett.   The season runs through September 26, so don’t miss them!  To prepare for or to savor after the play, see the highlighted selections!


The Taming of the Shrew / William Shakespeare

The marriage of two strong-minded people provides the spark for a comic confrontation between the sexes.   The “shrew,” Kate, is so ill-tempered she seems unlikely to find a husband. Her father refuses to let her younger sister marry until Kate is off his hands. Petruchio appears, marries Kate, and “tames” her so well that he wins a bet with two other men on a test of their wives’ obedience.  A comic romp that has been adapted from play, to movie, and is also available in audio.

The Taming of the Shrew [DVD] / Columbia Pictures

Or  browse all of the Taming of the Shrew selections HERE.


King Lear / edited by R.A. Foakes

Based partially on a Celtic legend, King Lear stands among William Shakespeare’s supreme achievements. Rivalrous siblings and their conflicted fathers take to the stage in this potent meditation on mortality and the limits of kinship and love.  (publisher’s content)


King Lear [sound recording] / William Shakespeare

Paul Scofield (King Lear), Alec McCowen (Earl of Gloucester), Kenneth Branagh (Fool), David Burke (Earl of Kent), Harriet Walter (Gonerill), Emilia Fox (Cordelia), Sara Kestelman (Regan), Richard McCabe (Edgar), Toby Stephens (Edmond), and full cast.

King Lear [DVD] / New York Shakespeare Festival

King Lear [electronic resource] / William Shakespeare

Or browse all of the King Lear selections HERE


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