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William Shakespeare

Historians have argued whether poet Emilia Bassano was the muse of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Nick Smurthwaite finds out more about the inspiration for the Globe’s...

Fiona Laird’s production of Shakespeare’s playful revenge comedy is less Merry Wives and more Footballers’ Wives. Set in Windsor-by-way-of-Essex, the public shaming of an...

We, the undersigned, gather that, after nearly 23 years, the Guardian is not renewing Lyn Gardner’s contract as a theatre critic (News, May 10). We...

I don’t have much patience with Mark Rylance’s doubts about the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays, nor any insight into where these doubts come from...

One of the many pleasing things about the recent spate of cross-gender casting in Shakespeare – apart from the obvious joy of getting to...

Lyn Gardner is right to point out (‘We have a Shakespeare problem’, April 26) that for people growing up in the UK, Shakespeare can...

The Shakespeare authorship question has raised its head again, with Mark Rylance voicing his doubts about the 'man from Stratford' on BBC Radio 4's...

Many happy returns to William Shakespeare: 454 years after his birth the playwright still dominates British theatre and culture. He is one of our...
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