Television’s first King Lear

12th October 2016

Tonight RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role. If we can achieve something of what we got in the second camera rehearsal yesterday, then I think it will more

Playing Lear

10th October 2016

On Wednesday this week RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear to cinemas across Britain. As preparation for this, my work as producer has meant that I've watched the staging half a dozen times more

Listening to history

7th October 2016

Perhaps I've mentioned that I am writing a book about screen adaptations of Royal Shakespeare Company productions? I'm currently in the middle of researching and drafting the first of six chapters, which is intended both to introduce the key ideas of more

Brisbane bound

17th August 2016

In just over a fortnight I jet off to Brisbane for a week to take up the Lloyd Davis Memorial Fellowship at the University of Queensland. I’m honoured by the invitation and very much looking forward to visiting a city more


16th August 2016

Have I mentioned that I'm writing a book about screen adaptations of Royal Shakespeare Company productions? It's due out from Arden in 2018 and I have to deliver the manuscript at the end of next year. So as my editor more

Is it live…?

1st August 2016

To Stratford-upon-Avon this week for the World Shakespeare Congress 2016, an international gathering of academics held only once every five years in a different location each time. This being the 400th anniversary of the playwright's death, the eminent Shakespeareans more

The Wars of the Roses released

28th June 2016

A nation split in two, bitter struggles over national identity and the country's relationship with Europe, factional fighting for control of the ruling party, roiling discontent barely suppressed in the streets... This is England in 2016, perhaps, and most certainly England more