John Gielgud

Literature Movies Reviews

The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (BBC)

The Gold Standard In 1978, the BBC ambitiously set out to produce all of Shakespeare‘s 37 plays for television. (Alright – so it’s 38 … so they didn’t include The Two Noble Kinsmen, which is cribbed from Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale anyway. But who’s counting beans?) With casts featuring the better part of British acting nobility, […]

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Movies Reviews

ELIZABETH

Elizabeth from Princess to Icon: “One Mistress and no Master.” Among Great Britain’s monarchs, two queens stand out in particular: Elizabeth I. and Queen Victoria. Both came to power at extremely young ages, and at times of political instability which would have set the odds of survival against any new ruler, but particularly so, against […]

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Literature Reviews

T.S. Eliot: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

For “cats are very much like you and me” … Based on works such as the poems “Prufrock” (1917) and “Ash Wednesday” (1930) and the drama “Murder in the Cathedral” (1935), American-born and naturalized British poet and future Nobel laureate T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot – also founder and editor of the literary journal Criterion – was […]

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