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The Bardolatry Network gets underway in June 2016 as members of Clan Murphy blog their long-planned trip to Britain. They will be visiting London and Stratford, among other places, and attending three (count ’em, THREE) Shakespeare plays, including Ralph Fiennes Richard III.


Criterion Collections' remastered CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT is available from Amazon. (Click here.)

Over on, John Murphy takes a look at a welcome addition to every Bardolater’s video collection: The Criterion Collection’s remastered edition of Orson Welles’ classic black-and-white film, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, released in 1965 but largely unavailable until now. The film is a wonderful mishmash of the four Shakespeare plays featuring that “mountain of flesh,” sweet Jack Falstaff…READ MORE.

Fiennes RIII thumbOn Brittle Glass: Ralph Fiennes’ Richard III in London, 2016.

One night this spring, my eldest daughter and I stayed up half the night, US West Coast time, to snag tickets the moment they went on sale for this production. Knowing that the theatre was small and the stars big, we figured tickets would go fast…READ MORE

holy-trinity-thumbEngland 2016: Shakespeare 400.

From June 6 – 22, 2016, four members of Clan Murphy toured southern England and Cornwall. We’d been plotting and planning the trip for almost twenty years, and it fell out quite by accident that we were finally able to make the journey during the 400th anniversary year…READ MORE

Words, words, words…

One of the more discussed (at least in my hearing) choices made by Bill Rauch in the 2010 production ...

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The Play-before-the-Play

SPOILER ALERT!!!! Once again I urge readers who have not yet seen the production, but who are planni ...

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Antic Disposition: OSF 2010 Hamlet

starring Dan Donohue directed by Bill Rauch When it was announced back in the summer of 2009 that th ...

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Twelfth Night 1996 directed by Trevor Nunn

That page is now here. ...

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Branagh’s Henry V, 1989

That page is now here.   ...

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OSF RIchard III, 2005, directed by Libby Appel

[N.B.: I just stumbled on this mini-review on the April 2005 archives of my homepage/blog, back befo ...

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11 Great Regional Actors named Lunt-Fontanne Fellows

The Ten Chimneys Foundation in Wisconsin, founded by legendary theatre couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn F ...

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OSF Townhall Meeting, Monday October 27, 2008

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is hosting a free-to-the-public Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October ...

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 Coriolanus

We spent a fair amount of time on OSF’s Othello, so now that we’ve finally been able to ...

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The Plague of Jealousy: more on Othello at OSF, 2008

Having seen the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 production of Othello twice now, I have two ...

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