The Winter’s Tale: A Poem by Philippa Kelly

NapaShakes Dramaturg Dr. Philippa Kelly offers this poem to illuminate The Winter’s Tale, starring Judi Dench and Kenneth Branagh and screening at the Cameo Cinema on January 17, 2016:   The Winter’s Tale Polixenes – Leontes’ friend, With dear intent a path didst wend To far Sicilia, there to rest, With…

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The Truth About the “Scottish Curse”

Don’t say Macbeth, or even quote that play, in a theater. Ever. Theater people believe it will bring disaster. In actual fact, Constantine Stanislavski, Orson Welles and Charlton Heston all suffered some catastrophe during or just after a production of “The Scottish Play.” In 1849, more than 30 New Yorkers were…

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The British Are Coming (Back)!

 The Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre of London returns LIVE to the Napa Valley this November The Globe Theatre’s enthralling and inventive touring production of “Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to the USA in November, and NapaShakes is bringing it to the Napa Valley!  An audience of only 250 people will experience this acclaimed troupe performing…

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