The title of this page is a quite shameless plundering of an occasional series by Benedict Nightingale and published in The Times in which he focuses on memorable performances from the past. He does not, I think, confine himself to productions of Shakespeare but only Shakespearean productions will be recorded here.
Dustin Hoffman plays Shylock - a theatrical anecdote (below):
Lawrence C.Green, 'The Uses of Pageantry: pageantry as production style in revivals of Shakespeare's second tetralogy on the English Stage in the twentieth century.' Ph.D. Thesis, University of Birmingham (Shakespeare Institute), 1999.
From the archive, 21 April 1949: Mr Gielgud's Much Ado, originally published in the Manchester Guardian: "John Gielgud's first association with the Shakespeare Festival has brought us his own production of 'Much Ado' in terms of tremendous liveliness and splendour." Read the full review at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/theguardian/2012/apr/21/1949-gielguds-much-ado .
In the week that sees the newly refurbished RST opened to the public the Stratford Herald recalls the press response to Elizabeth Scott's winning the competition for a new theatre design when the original theatre was burned down in 1926.
On the 34th Anniversary of the formal opening of the National Theatreby Her Majesty the Queen the Guardian reproduces the article it published on 26 October, 1976:
Sarah Bernhardt's Hamlet. Taken from the Guardian (24.09.2010) Arts & Entertainment Magazine: [To enlarge the text left click when the cursor is over the text]
Letter in The Guardian, 25.08.2010: Paul Robeson was not the first black actor of note to play Othello. That was Ira Aldridge, who had the role in the 1820s. Aldridge, plagued by prejudice in his US homeland, emigrated to the UK, but found London almost as hostile – though theatres and critics in the north of England and in Ireland were not – and had great success in Europe, especially Russia; he spoke several languages and could play Othello in Russian. Ira settled in the UK and married an Englishwoman. His daughter Amanda gave elocution lessons to Paul Robeson before he played Othello in the 1930s. Sheenagh Pugh (Sandwick, Shetland).