Shakespeare

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Why Shakespeare’s brain is better than yours

Have you ever wondered what makes Shakespeare’s plays so timeless, so compelling – so unforgettable? Turns out science might have the answer. Take Othello for example. It’s your classic love pentagon. Watching Othello: The audience believes that… Iago wants… Othello to believe that… Desdemona loves Cassio… Who loves her right back. Evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar calls the…Read more Why Shakespeare’s brain is better than yours
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Ancient Twelfth Night theatre traditions we still honour (even if we don’t know it)

Twelfth Night can seem the most dismal time of the year. The skies are grey, you’re back at work, and every street you walk down is a graveyard of mummified Christmas trees. But there’s a reason why Shakespeare set his anarchic comedy on Twelfth Night: a rich history of feasting and disobedience that’s seeped in and fuelled by theatre.…Read more Ancient Twelfth Night theatre traditions we still honour (even if we don’t know it)