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Articles Tagged 'Richard III'

Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in ‘House of Cards’ (Pic: Netflix)

9 TV Characters Who Owe It All to Shakespeare

Forgive the hyperbole, gentle reader. The stories upon which William Shakespeare based the plays that have so inspired these TV shows are older than he is, and as there’s still some debate as to whether one man actually wrote all of those plays anyway, it’s perhaps a little ripe to suggest he’s the fountainhead from […]

Benedict Cumberbatch reads at Richard III’s reburial (Pic: Channel 4)

WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch at the Reburial of Richard III

As promised, here’s the poem by Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate, that was read by Benedict Cumberbatch at yesterday’s (March 26) reburial of Richard III, the infamous 15th century king of England. And, in case you’ve not been following events since his bones were discovered in a Leicester car park in 2012, here’s a […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Read at Richard III’s Reburial

This Thursday (March 26), the remains of the English king Richard III will be reburied in Leicester cathedral. His bones had been discovered by contractors digging out a car park in Leicester in 2012, and having been examined and his DNA tested to be sure of their provenance, they will now be ceremonially buried. During […]

Benedict Cumberbatch

The Secret of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Success: “I Meditate a Lot”

There’s a rather good interview with Benedict Cumberbatch in the Wall Street Journal, which brings us up to date on his recent projects—playing Richard III in the sequel to The Hollow Crown, and researching Doctor Strange by reading a stack of old Marvel comics—and unmasks a surprisingly spiritual side to the arch-rationalist behind Sherlock. “I […]

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WATCH: Martin Freeman on the Wit and Humor in Richard III

Martin Freeman’s performance as Shakespeare’s Richard III opens at the Trafalgar Theatre next week, as part of Trafalgar Transformed, and he and the cast have taken part in a talking heads video discussing the dominant themes of their production. Amid the more commonly-expressed notions of Richard’s poor self-image, due to his physical deformities and lack […]


Memorize the Last 1000 Years of Monarchs with a Song

Since the announcement of the royal birth, line of succession to the throne has been in the limelight. (At the center of focus was the change in succession laws, which now states that an older girl cannot be dropped down in line to the throne in place of a younger brother. The child of Catherine, […]