What is the source of Macbeth’s evil?

Macbeth and Banquo encountering the witches, Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Ireland. 1577. What a joy to re-read this masterpiece. It’s more tightly plotted than many of Shakespeare’s other plays, and there’s so much fantastic imagery to...

Re-reading As You Like It

If there’s one idea, for me, that’s central to As You Like It, it’s freedom. I think of this play – first performed in 1599 – as Shakespeare’s most verdant (even more so than The Winter’s Tale). Having studied it 30 years ago, I thought I knew it, but a re-read...

Folio 400: Cymbeline at the RSC

Cymbeline directed by Gregory Doran (2023). Gregory Doran’s production of Cymbeline at the Royal Shakespeare Company (2023) is a triumph. It’s the 50th production which Doran (now Artistic Director Emeritus) has staged for the company, and quite a challenge (the...