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New Book is Out!

This year after 4 years of writing, editing, research and collaboration with an incredible group of intrepid scholars, Shakespeare, Music, and Performance has been finally published by Cambridge University Press and is available for purchase here. Our book launch is Monday, May 8th at 5pm at Shakespeare’s Globe. Here’s the blurb: Music has been an essential constituent […]

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Growing Praise for MALI IN OAK

Mali in Oak is the third release from Globe Music, the new record label I founded and manage for Shakespeare’s Globe. Featuring Nigerian kora virtuoso and cellist Tunde Jegede and the innovative and dynamic South African guitarist Derek Gripper, this is a disc of Malian griot repertoire, recorded in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse under the […]

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Conducting a New Film Score with the BFI

Play On – Shakespeare and Silent Cinema, was released a few months ago by both the British Film Institute and Shakespeare’s Globe as one of our many collaborations during the Shakespeare 400 season. For this project, I conducted and supervised a score composed by five Globe composers – Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In […]

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GLOBE MUSIC – A new record label for Shakespeare’s Globe

 In 2016 I launched a new record label, Globe Music – capturing special collaborations at Shakespeare’s Globe. Bringing together some of the world’s finest musicians to commune in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this label attempts to bottle the unique environment where music and the theatrical meet. Our first disc, Songs from Our Ancestors with Ian Bostridge and Xuefei Yang was shortlisted […]

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BBC PROMS at the Globe

  Last summer we invited the BBC Proms to host one of its few satellite concerts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Jonny Cohen and his fabulous group Arcangelo came to grace us with a profoundly beautiful Restoration programme of Purcell and others that went out live on Radio 3. This video gives a good sense […]

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What is Concert Theatre?

Antony & Cleopatra: Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra with actors from Shakespeare’s Globe at the Barbican Concert theatre is a new incarnation of an old genre. It’s actors with orchestra, occasionally projections, puppets, you name it. Appearing in various different forms over the last 10-20 years, this is one of the most exciting […]

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Obama hears my tunes…

This was a rather big day. On April 23rd, 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, President Obama came to visit the Globe to congratulate the Hamlet Globe to Globe company, who had played 197 countries in the world – by far a world record. This is Phoebe Fildes playing my tunes at something hysterical […]

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HAMLET’s concluding NYT piece as our historic tour ends

INTERNATIONAL ARTS London’s Globe Theater Is Winding Up ‘Hamlet’ World Tour By CHRISTOPHER D. SHEAMARCH 22, 2016 The traveling Globe to Globe “Hamlet” in February in Malta. CreditGianni Cipriano for The New York Times SLIEMA, Malta — Minutes before the curtain was set to rise on a production of “Hamlet” at the Salesian Theater here, […]

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Mendelssohn’s Midsummer at the Boston Symphony

In January I directed by own adaptation of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Nights Dream for four actors, two singers, women’s chorus, orchestra, and projections at Symphony Hall, Boston.  Andris Nelsons conducted the luminous BSO in four performances of the adaptation that also featured Henze’s Symphony No. 8 and Weber’s Overture to Oberon – two other pieces […]

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I published some books everyone

The Jon Lipsky Play Collection is here. The 8 best plays by Boston-area stalwart Jon Lipsky are published by Smith & Kraus, co-edited with Jon’s son, Jonah.  We’re terribly proud of these. Volume 1 includes Living in Exile, Jon’s masterpiece.  Volume 2 features his dreaming and devised works, and includes Call of the Wild. I introduce both […]

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Shakespeare the stoner?

Pipes (plural) with traces of cannabis have been found in Shakespeare’s yard – dated conceivably to the period.  That’s about all there is ultimately to conclude in terms of hard facts to this article, but there is a collection of enticements to consider. This broke via Times magazine a month or so back but it seems […]

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American Theatre magazine discovers Shakespeare Aloud

Big news and great exposure for Shakespeare Aloud and hopefully sympathetic renegades everywhere…. By Jeremy D. Goodwin “Have Verse, Will Travel” Published in American Theatre, March 2013 Barclay reads from “Twelfth Night” off the coast of Key West. Photo: Casey Unterman   Bill Barclay isn’t shy about performing Shakespeare. But his unsuspecting audience looked a […]

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Your Brain on Grants

Fox Actor Journal: Bill Barclay (Posted in TCG Circle, the blog of Theater Communications Group) In the world of arts grants, there seem to me to be three different kinds. There are the specific project-oriented ones, the ones that reward great ideas of a finite nature. Yes you can devise this play and bring it […]

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REVIEW: Armenian King John at the Globe

King John, or My Big Fat Armenian Wedding. So far in this feast of a festival, the most satisfying thing to witness is one of these foreign companies use their own culture, music, dress, and point of view to make a Shakespeare play completely their own, then illuminate this unique prism in performance to reveal […]

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Love’s Labours Lost – Act III, Scene 1 SKIING, on a BUTT LIFT and finally, AS MY OWN SKIING VIDEOGRAPHER

This is maybe the best video so far since the Occupy protest march. In this one scene, albeit it is a long scene, full of clowns and lovers and all ranges of noble to doggerel verse, I try skiing for the first time with Yorick. A dangerous proposition! Remember Yorick is ceramic… Once again my […]

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Richard III – Act II, Scene 1 in Battery Park

There’s really something about this fake reunion scene between the Woodvilles and the rest of the court that jives with this statue of the immigrants just landed from Ellis Island. I don’t know, does ‘fish out of water’ cover it? Maybe not – probably a contributing factor is the Hans-Solo-esque capturing of these desperate souls […]

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Reading Shakespeare Aloud

My google alert for Shakespeare Aloud turned up something interesting recently. I don’t know what book this is taken from – it’s pretty generic and dry. But there are some interesting pieces of advice for those people who seek any kind of benefits to speaking the Bard aloud. In particular, achieving any sense of the […]

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Othello is half comedic?

You may recall my friend Grey, featured prominently in our readings on my birthday, 11/11/11 at BOTH 11:11:11am and 11:11:11pm (we were reading the best scene of the play to boot – check it out.) He sends me now this article which I find utterly fascinating, particularly because it scratches an itch I have about […]

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Mounting Comedy with actual twins

  Meet Zach and Jared Greenberg, and Aidan and Dotan Horowitz as Dromios of Ephesus and Syracuse, and Antipholuses of Syracuse and Ephesus on our first day of rehearsal. This fall I have been blessed with a scenario that a Shakespeare lover could fantasize over, on and off, for one’s entire lifetime. The opportunity to […]

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Festival of Independence

Announcing a new series at the Globe of music, film, theatre, and comedy put together by a few of us working over time, in cahoots with phenomenal talent and playwright Tanika Gupta, the festival curator. You can read more here and the concert I’m leading on June 21 & 22 with Soumik Datta, Talvin Singh, […]

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Wonder Women Concert Series

In 2016, we took a radical departure from the Candlelit Concert series by bringing together a technicolour clutch of women from folk to electropop and featured them across both our spaces. It was a huge pleasure to work with Radio 6 DJ and admirable music entrepreneur Lauren Laverne in putting this series together. Roisin Murphy […]

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Hamlet On Tour

  From 2014-2016, to mark the two anniversaries of Shakespeare’s birth and death, the Globe has launched a two year tour to every single country on earth.  Click the image above to be taken to the special website designed to track the progress of Hamlet as it undergoes this extraordinary journey. This is a once-in-a-lifetime […]

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