Mark Twain’s “Is Shakespeare Dead?” with Keir Cutler, Ph.D.

Mark Twain’s hilarious (1909) debunking of the myth that William Shakespeare wrote the works of Shakespeare. Adapted and performed by Keir Cutler, Ph.D. at the 2003 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Listing the handful of established facts of Shakespeare’s life, Twain ridicules the fantasy that an uneducated youth could have wandered into London and, with virtually none … More Mark Twain’s “Is Shakespeare Dead?” with Keir Cutler, Ph.D.

The Shakespeare Thefts by Eric Rasmussen

Summer Reading List! In Search of the First Folios Six years after Shakespeare’s death,  John Heminge and Henry Condell – two of the actors from his company, The King’s Men – gathered together all of his dramatic works and published them in an impressive 908 page hardback book. Bound in calfskin and measuring fourteen inches … More The Shakespeare Thefts by Eric Rasmussen

The Beatles Perform in a Spoof of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1964

In late April of 1964, England was celebrating the 400th birthday of William Shakespeare. At the same time, “Beatlemania” was in full swing. And for a brief moment, two of Britain’s cultural treasures intersected when the Beatles performed in a playful send-up of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The sketch was recorded in London on April 28, … More The Beatles Perform in a Spoof of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1964