Tag Archives: William Shakespeare

New Survey Shows How the World Sees Britain

As regular readers of Anglophenia, you no doubt have your own carefully nurtured and well-informed opinions about the United Kingdom and its people. But what do the general public worldwide think of the Brits?

WATCH: Dame Helen Mirren Plays Juliet For 10 Seconds

Last night, the BBC’s current affairs show Newsnight interviewed Dame Helen Mirren for her thoughts about the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare (which, as we discussed yesterday, is around about now).

45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare

April 23rd is generally considered to be a good day to celebrate the birth of England’s greatest poet and playwright, William Shakespeare. This is partly because there are no records of his birth—although he was baptized on ...

Benedict Cumberbatch To Play A Rival ‘Richard III’ To Martin Freeman

There’s a danger of things becoming silly now.

Two weeks ago, the big news was that Benedict Cumberbatch would be playing Hamlet in the West End, in 2015. This clearly needed a year’s advance warning, so fans can prepare travel budgets and buy ticket-handling gauntlets.

Fraser’s Phrases: “What The Dickens”

By rights, this should be an open and shut case. If you’re surprised by something, if a thing happens that causes shock and befuddlement, and you exclaim “what the dickens?

Quiz: Which Shakespeare Tragedy Is Your Life?

We all have our dark moments, and sometimes it’s as though all you can do is raise your eyes heavenwards and ask the stormy skies above what plan fate has in store for you.

10 Myths of the Supernatural, Taken From British Folklore

Today (March 20) is World Storytelling Day, a perfect chance to celebrate the traditional tales and oral myths that give a nation a sense of itself.

10 British Things About Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is named after Englishman Sir Walter Raleigh. Check out what’s going on with 10 British things in Raleigh below:

Taylor and Burton: Oh, the Movies They Made – A Top Five List

Liz and Dick. That’s what they were known as back in the day, long before conflated monikers, such as Brangelina (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie) or Julena (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez), became de rigueur for celebrity ...

WATCH: Tom Hiddleston Discusses ‘Coriolanus’ Live-Screening

Tom Hiddleston has released a trailer for his forthcoming performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, at the Donmar Warehouse in London, starting in December.