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Shakespeare the realist

Shakespeare could always see the funny side. His first comedy, A Comedy of Errors, was based on Menaechmi (The Twins) by the Roman playwright, Plautus, the Ben Elton of ancient … Continue reading

August 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Modern theatre’s debt to Ben Jonson

Comedies are not easy to read. In tragedy words are everything, in comedy it is the action, the way the characters interact, that matters. Every comedian knows that the laugh … Continue reading

February 5, 2014 · Leave a comment