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Will has been spotted in your neighbourhood…right after traffic and the weather.

The Shakespeare In Action Blog is Moving!

The time has come, my friends, to move the Shakespeare In Action Blog a bit closer to home.

Sad, I know, but it’s not like we’re leaving the internet for good! You can visit us at our new home:

We’ve got loads of new ideas for blog posts coming, including news and information about our upcoming shows, educational programming, and fundraisers! Bookmark our new page and visit us sometime! We are keeping this page up as well, so you will be able to access all of our blog posts of the past!

Away, away! Once more, sweet lords farewell.

A birthday sonnet for Shakespeare!

shakespeare's birthday pic

It’s William Shakespeare’s 449th birthday today!  Since records state that he was baptised on April 26th, the widely-accepted date of his birth is April 23rd, 1564. To join in the festivities, I’ve -attempted- to compose a sonnet for him:

A toast to Will, the Bard of Avon, true
He turns four hundred forty-nine today.
Of speech and song his words still ring in cue,
Resounding deep in script and stage to stay.
His language is a twisting, turning ink
Medicine for human heart and mind.
It shapes and gives a necessary link
For fervent souls who seek and wish to find:
A love both sick and beautiful to face, 
A humour, bawdy and yet full of wit.
A sadness of a heavy, drawn out case
All spun into a Globe so brightly lit.
Plays are things, an entertaining sell,
But Shakespeare gives us more than what is well.      

Happy Birthday, Will!

(Sonnet and image edit by Vineeta)

Happy World Poetry Day!

World Poetry Day has been around since 1999, when it was declared by UNESCO (a United Nations agency.) The day is dedicated to promote all things poetry related from around the world! What are some of your favorite poems? Feel free to share with us!

Now here is a sonnet from one of our favorite writers! (Surely I won’t have to ask you to guess who!)

My love is strengthen’d, though more weak in seeming;
I love not less, though less the show appear:
That love is merchandized whose rich esteeming
The owner’s tongue doth publish every where.
Our love was new and then but in the spring
When I was wont to greet it with my lays,
As Philomel in summer’s front doth sing
And stops her pipe in growth of riper days:
Not that the summer is less pleasant now
Than when her mournful hymns did hush the night,
But that wild music burthens every bough
And sweets grown common lose their dear delight.
Therefore like her I sometime hold my tongue,
Because I would not dull you with my song.

-Sonnet 102


Good morning, dear readers!

Seeing as the London Olympics are fast approaching, I thought I would share another important international event that has happened leading up to the games.

Globe to Globe 2012 is an international festival put on by Shakespeare’s Globe, an international resource for the world to explore his work through performance and education.It is located in London, England, close to where the original Globe Theatre once stood!

Globe to Globe features versions of almost all of Shakespeare’s plays in over 30 languages from all over the world! This festival is a great way to bring people together from all parts of the globe, showing that Shakespeare can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of mother tongue!

Here is a short clip of some great behind the scenes footage from the festival! Enjoy!

The Diary of Anne Frank News Round Up- Part 2

Here are some of the most recent reviews of our remount production of The Diary of Anne Frank! Check them out and let us know what you thought of the show!

Photo By: Joel Charlebois

Prepare to have your heart pretty much explode with emotion when you see Shakespeare in Action’s stage rendition of the famous WW2 diary.

March 16- She Does The City

Her diary is her legacy – a beautifully tragic account of this horrendous time relived on stage done artistically, tastefully, a gem.

March 17- Mooney On Theatre

As Anne, Sascha Cole was 13 at the beginning of the play and was flighty, energetic, careening around the apartment and always in everybody’s way. But she matured and it was interesting to watch Cole just take those moments and make them a whole person, maturing, growing up.

March 17- Lynn Slotkin and the Slotkin Letter

Michael Kelly’s [rendition] of The Diary of Anne Frank will twist your stomach into knots and take away your ability to breathe. Together, the cast, director and designer succeed in creating the world of Anne Frank’s annex- one that’s rich and complicated and, most horrifyingly, full of very real people.

March 19- My Entertainment World

The Diary of Anne Frank News Round Up

Here are some mentions in the media that our production of The Diary of Anne Frank has received this week!

Photo By: Joel Charlebois

The Daily Planet

March 13- The Diary of Anne Frank returns for encore performances

The National Post

March 13- Sascha Cole draws on the story of Anne Frank

March 16- Five things to do this week- March 17-23