Photo Friday

Photo Friday: Hamlet history

Hello Shakespeare friends,

Preparations for Shakespeare In Action’s Hamlet are continuing so I’m here to continue the blog’s Hamlet theme. Out of total curiosity I  googled “the first Hamlet Shakespeare” on google images and I found something interesting so I thought I’d share it: an old photograph of a 19th century actor who many theatre historians consider to be the greatest American actor and greatest Hamlet of the 19th century. The following is a photograph of him in his Hamlet costume. His name’s Edwin Booth. Fun fact about Edwin Booth: in the 18th century he toured America and the major capitals of Europe performing Shakespeare plays.

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Photo courtesy of wikipedia’s  entry on Edwin booth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Booth

Hamlet runs from December 2-6, 2013 at Central Commerce Collegiate in Toronto. Tickets are available now!

Have a good weekend everyone!

Photo Friday- Shakespeare In Action @ Nuit Blanche

Hello!

Last Saturday Shakespeare In Action did a guerrilla style performance of  scenes from three of Shakespeare’s plays: Romeo And Juliet, Taming Of The Shrew, and Midsummer Night’s Dream at King Blue Condo Presentation Centre as part of Nuit Blanche. The following are pictures I took at the final performance.

Juliet on the balcony: Romeo and Juliet Balcony scene

Juliet on the balcony: Romeo and Juliet Balcony scene

above: scene with the lovers (romeo and Juliet)

above: scene with the lovers (romeo and Juliet)

In the King Blue Condos presentation centre hallway actors perform for the audience a scene from Taming of the shrew.

In the King Blue Condos presentation centre hallway actors perform for the audience a scene from Taming of the shrew.

actor playing Romeo addresses audience

actor playing Romeo addresses audience

Romeo and Juliet opening scene transition to interior: Romeo and Juliet continue speaking while the actor in the foreground watches in the background as Puck

Romeo and Juliet opening scene transition to interior: Romeo and Juliet continue speaking while the actor in the foreground watches in the background as Puck

Romeo and Juliet balcony scene: Romeo approaches juliet

Romeo and Juliet balcony scene: Romeo approaches Juliet

sword fight scene: Shakespeare In Action Nuit Blanche Performance: King Blue Condos Presentation Centre hallway

sword fight scene: Shakespeare In Action Nuit Blanche Performance: King Blue Condos Presentation Centre hallway

Photo Friday!

panda 3

To sleep – perchance to dream
Hamlet [III. i. 1758]

Photo by Linda Nicoll

Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland – February 2012

Thought I’d post this in honour of the pandas finally arriving in Toronto Zoo 🙂 and to celebrate these beautiful animals who do love their sleep!!

And as my flatmate’s cat Jacob has such an expressive face, I thought I’d throw in a bonus picture as well!

jacob

 

Good king of cats 
Romeo & Juliet [III. i. 1756]