I went back to Wilderness this year and again spent a happy hour listening to the Bookshop Band. Since coming home I’ve spent additional happy hours listening to their albums and noodling around their website – and now I’ve found their Shakespeare archive I’m even happier.
I’m going to advise you all to check out their songs (no matter what books you’re into, you’ll find something you like), buy their albums, and listen to this awesome song based on Richard II…
Just a Public Service Announcement (and note to self) that the complete Complete Walk is now available online here.
I know what I’ll be spending my weekend doing…
Remember me talking to you about Shakespeare’s early theatres, including the Curtain? Remember this building with this plaque on the wall?
Well, right at the moment both building and plaque have been replaced by a (thanks to London’s inexorable rise upwards as it builds on itself) deep hole, and what is at the bottom of that hole (apart from pipes, concrete and the surprisingly high water table) is archaeology.
Is the first always the best?
Well it seems that while I’ve been busy with work (boooring) everyone else has been busy advancing their plans to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th deathday*, and the range is astonishing – both in terms of what’s going on and who is involved.
The next thing I was planning to put up was a review of Something Rotten, but the documentary on Channel 4 earlier this week revealing that scientists investigating Shakespeare’s grave believe that it is missing his head has obviously got to take priority…
I wrote back in January about how rarely Shakespeare writes an unhappy marriage, but his suitors don’t always take the simplest route there, and sometimes have to be – shall we say – encouraged…