The Shakespeare Thefts by Eric Rasmussen

Summer Reading List! In Search of the First Folios Six years after Shakespeare’s death,  John Heminge and Henry Condell – two of the actors from his company, The King’s Men – gathered together all of his dramatic works and published them in an impressive 908 page hardback book. Bound in calfskin and measuring fourteen inches … More The Shakespeare Thefts by Eric Rasmussen


“The theatre’s magic, isn’t it? You should know. Stand on this stage, say the right words with the right emphasis at the right time… oh, you can make men weep.” – Doctor Who

The Beatles Perform in a Spoof of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1964

In late April of 1964, England was celebrating the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare. At the same time, “Beatlemania” was in full swing. And for a brief moment, two of Britain’s cultural treasures intersected when the Beatles performed in a playful send-up of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The sketch was recorded in London on April 28, … More The Beatles Perform in a Spoof of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1964


“I believe in the immortality of the theatre. It is a most joyous place to hide for all those who have secretly put their childhood in their pockets and run off and away with it, to play on to the end of their days.” – Max Reinhardt

Confidence Tricks:

Breathing for Confidence It’s really important to stay on relaxed breathing when nerves set in at the audition or performance. If you go into upper chest breathing, you get an imbalance of oxygen and carbon dioxide which makes you feel dizzy, nervous, sound unconfident and stops you thinking clearly. That’s why it’s called a ‘fight … More Confidence Tricks:

My Friend, Shakespeare

“Having spent so much of my life with Shakespeare’s world, passions and ideas in my head and in my mouth, he feels like a friend – someone who just went out of the room to get another bottle of wine.”   – Sir Patrick Stewart