The Taming of the Shrew in Cardiff from this week @everymanfest

July 22, 2014

Everyman will be performing The Taming of the Shrew in Cardiff from this Friday (26 July – 2 August):



Watch this space for a theatre review!

p.s. Cardiff Shakespeare has a new twitter account – at the same handle @CardiffShakes. Please re-follow!


Handle Change: Cardiff Shakespeare News

July 15, 2014

After many years at Cardiff University (my PhD graduation is tomorrow!), I will shortly be moving to the University of East Anglia. I’m hoping to take my twitter followers and those I follow with me to @DrJ_Gregory but Cardiff Shakespeare will live on with a new @cardiffshakes twitter profile and new contributors. I set up Cardiff Shakespeare in 2010 near the start of the blog craze. Running the blog has been a great experience and I’m tremendously grateful to the wonderful people from Cardiff and further afield who have been in touch with information and shown support. I hope that Cardiff Shakespeare will continue to be a useful resource and contact point.




“Talking Turk”: Linguistic Otherness in Massinger’s The Renegado (1624)

July 8, 2014

Othello and Desdemona in Venice, Théodore Chassériau, 1850

“Are we turned Turks and to ourselves do that / Which heaven hath forbid the Ottomites?” (Othello 2.3.164-5)

Sophie Battell (Cardiff University) will be giving a paper today at the Durham University conference “On the Fringes: Outsiders and Otherness in the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds”. Her paper is entitled “Talking Turk: Linguistic Otherness in Massinger’s The Renegado (1624)”. Mark Truesdale from Cardiff University will also be giving a paper at the conference, entitled “‘I will cracke thy crowne’: The Carnivalesque Politics of the Fifteenth-Century King and Commoner Tradition”.

Find out more here.


1,000 Followers of Cardiff Shakespeare

July 7, 2014

Shakespeare Party

Together, Cardiff Shakespeare and the @CardiffShakes Twitter account now have over 1,000 followers! Thank you for following!




Shakespeare’s R&J in Cardiff Castle

July 4, 2014


Open Air Theatre

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men present – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

Did my heart love till now?

Join the Lord Chamberlain’s Men this summer for the world’s greatest love story.  With action from the outset, jealousy, comedy, murder, banishment and the most famous balcony in the history of theatre! Bring a picnic, settle back and be swept up in the romance, the drama and the passion of Romeo & Juliet.

Fri 4 & Sat 5 July @ 7.30pm

Adult £16

Child £11

Box Office 029 2087 8100.

Find out more here.


New Pub Theatre in Cardiff

July 2, 2014

The Other Room’s executive director Elizabeth Day

and artistic director Kate Wasserberg

from The Stage:

A new pub theatre is being launched in Cardiff, which its founders claim is the first venue of its kind in Wales.

The Other Room was officially launched on Friday and aims to emulate the success of theatres such as the Gate in Notting Hill and the Finborough in Earl’s Court. It will be based above Porter’s bar, in the city centre.

Founded by artistic director Kate Wasserberg and executive director Elizabeth Day, The Other Room will produce work with a heavy emphasis on Welsh and Wales-based artists, as well as modern plays from 1950 onwards.

“It was one of those ideas that was actually so clear to me that I couldn’t believe no one had already thought of it,” Wasserberg told The Stage.

“For me, it is the most natural thing in the world that emerging artists come up through these small spaces. There’s also a certain kind of thing that you make for small spaces and small audiences…There are big venues in Cardiff making great work, but nothing small scale,” she added.

The theatre will produce a year-round programme consisting of eight plays across two seasons. The Other Room will produce four productions themselves, while the other four will be curated in partnership with other companies.


Read the rest here.


Photo: So pleased to confirm, finally, that we are The Other Room at Porter's. Opened by Dan Porter and David Wilson in 2012, this beautiful bar is the perfect home for The Other Room, Cardiff's Pub Theatre. We can't wait to begin what we hope will be the most incredible partnership. Thank you for all your help so far. Again, this could not be happening without you.


Shakespeare at the cinema in Cardiff tomorrow and Monday

June 28, 2014

At Cardiff’s Chapter:

RSC Live Encore: Henry IV Part II

180 mins (TBC). Dir: Gregory Doran. With Anthony Sher, Jasper Britton, Alex Hassell.

Sunday 29th June, 2.15pm (also showing on 7th and 16th of July)

King Henry’s health is failing as a second rebellion threatens to surface. Intent on securing his legacy, he is uncertain that Hal is a worthy heir, believing him more concerned with earthly pleasures than with the responsibility of rule. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops. Among the unwitting locals, opportunities for embezzlement and profiteering prove impossible to resist as Falstaff gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend.



At Cardiff’s Cineworld:

Shakespeare’s Globe: The Tempest

Monday 30th June, 1pm and 7.30pm

Roger Allam stars as Prospero in Jeremy Herrin’s handsome and hilarious production of Shakespeare’s late masterpiece. Prospero (Roger Allam), Duke of Milan, is usurped and exiled by his scheming brother Antonio (Jason Baughan). He’s now stranded on a remote island with his daughter Miranda (Jessie Buckley) and has become a great sorcerer. Serving him are deformed feral slave Caliban (James Garnon) and reluctant spirit Ariel (Colin Morgan). To exact his revenge, Prospero lures Antonio and the complicit Alonso (Peter Hamilton Dyer) to the island by conjuring up a great storm. Director Jeremy Herrin follows his acclaimed 2011 production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at the Globe with this funny and spellbinding staging of the Bard’s great meditation on forgiveness. Stage and screen star Roger Allam, whose credits include ‘The Thick of It’, returns to the Globe after his Olivier Award-winning triumph as Falstaff. The outstanding cast also includes Colin Morgan, of BBC ‘Merlin’ fame.


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