Very sad. He did however live a remarkable life. X
We are greatly saddened by the news of the death of one of our co-founders John Barton CBE.
Our Artistic Director, Gregory Doran pays tribute to his life and work:
‘John Barton, a Shakespeare genius, a mentor, and I am proud to say, a friend’.
The artistic director designate and chief executive of Shakespeare's Globe spoke candidly about the recent controversy over Emma Rice's departure.
Here ya go! X
Shakespeare knew this.
Good Luck Riz.
Sounds pretty good!
I have to describe what happened tonight at Shakespeare in the Park. The play starts. Julius Caesar is Trump. We know that already. Enter stage left from the au...dience a young woman dressed all in black protesting Caesar. Cool. About thirty minutes in, Caesar is brutally stabbed to death over and over by the senators. It's really graphic and disturbing. Enter stage right from the audience a young woman dressed all in black yelling at the senators and the audience "Stop violence against conservatives!" Slowly the crowd realizes she isn't an actor like the first woman, she's a real protestor. A man stands up in his seat and starts yelling at the crowd, and now the audience is booing and hissing and people are standing up out of their seats to yell at the protestors (someone near me yells, "I hope you didn't wait all morning for this!"), and the stage manager comes on the god mic to pause the show, and security come on stage to drag the woman off. The commotion settles, and the SM comes on again and announces, "actors, pick up from 'Liberty! Freedom!'" (that was literally the line) and the crowd goes wild. Standing ovation. The scene picks up and ends, and the real police, in full regalia with bullet proof vests, cross back into the theater in front of the stage as the senators exit the stage through the audience and have to weave around the police, as actors dressed as police in riot gear enter the stage (I can't even describe how wild this image was), and the scene shifts to Brutus's speech to the Romans, during which a dozen planted actors throughout the theater jump out of their seats and begin yelling at the stage, and audience members, now not knowing what to believe begin heckling the "protestors" again! Madness! Long live art imitating life imitating art imitating life. The point of the play remains clear- it is not a promotion of assassination. After the stabbing, there's still an hour and a half left of the show, during which the conspirators suffer and die for their crime and Rome (or America) falls into civil war and chaos. It made me think actually about the risk of impeachment. We are so divided and so passionate and seemingly unchangeable, and that dystopia on stage might not be far off if we continue not to be able to sit down for a couple hours, even the horribly offensive detail thirty minutes in, and listen to one another.
When people fear Shakespeare they simply must be doing something wrong!