Kelly Bedard

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival has just announced their 2011 roster. Here are the highlights (and lowlights): Richard III: it’s a great play, fascinating really. But it is 99.9% dependent on a truly solid leading man. It needs someone who will bring something new to the part and keep the audience interested pretty much single handedly. […]

YouTube Stratford Preview: As You Like It
  Kelly Bedard

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  Kelly Bedard

The summer will soon be upon us and that means many things. It’s baseball season, Dream in High Park starts (relatively) soon, al fresco dining is back within the realm of possibility. But most important of all, it means the start of a new season at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, my personal favourite destination for […]

Shakespeare is more amazing than you give him credit for

Much Ado About a Midsummer Night’s King Macbeth IV Part 2 or Remembering William Shakespeare On this most auspicious of days, April 23- Shakespeare’s birthday, I thought that I might take a moment or two to remember one of the greatest men who ever lived. Shakespeare was, both in my opinion and in the opinion […]

  Kelly Bedard

Yes, that’s right kids, it’s April 23. Which means that it’s Shakespeare’s birthday! It’s also Shakespeare’s deathday (spooky, I know) but that’s depressing, so we’re going to focus on the fact that it’s his birthday. In honour of this most prestigious of days, I offer you a list of my 15 favourites from the illustrious […]

  Kelly Bedard

I have this friend who has played many of Shakespeare’s greatest roles, heroes and villains alike. He’s tackled Aaron the moor and Richard III, Oberon, Lear and Hamlet among others. But just the other night he said something that struck me as strange, “I’ve never had any desire to play Mackers”. Now, there are jokes […]

Something You Should Read
  Kelly Bedard

Readers of this blog may notice a pattern. We at My Theatre are very fond of quoting, referencing and generally expressing our love for something called Slings & Arrows. In case this has confused you greatly, I’m here to clear it up. Slings is a Canadian TV show about a Shakespeare company. It’s “a comedy […]

  James Melo

“Oppose not Scythia to Ambitious Rome” or How I played Demetrius and Kept My Soul So, we’re two days into a run of a play that we’ve been working on for the better part of the last five months. Now, that’s a long time, considering that the last play I was in went up in […]

A Theatrical Televisual Moment
  Kelly Bedard

It’s a rare occurrence when two of my great loves come together: Television and Shakespeare. The best example is the comedy Slings &Arrows, about the antics of a Canadian Shakespeare company. PBS airing Ian McKellan’s King Lear as part of their “Great Performances” series and his subsequent Emmy nomination is another wonderful example. When Hey […]

My Theatre is thrilled to introduce its newest author, James Melo. A Shakespeare buff and general theatre-lover, James has a bone to pick with one of the Bard’s lesser-known comedies. “I to the world am like a drop of water That in the ocean seeks another drop,” or Why William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors is […]