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‘”Henry VIII’ is an elegy for Shakespeare’s world-altering achievement in poetic drama, and consciously bids farewell to the playwright’s highest powers.”

Henry VIII (All Is True) Act Five By Dennis Abrams ——————————— Act Five:  The new Queen is soon pregnant, but the news only antagonizes the King’s secretary Gardiner, who vows to attack her and Cranmer, Henry’s virtuous Archbishop of Canterbury … Continue reading

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“The effect for the reader is one of a rich and sumptuous ceremony.”

Henry VIII (or All Is True) An Introduction By Dennis Abrams ——————————– Written in collaboration with John Fletcher, Henry VIII (or All Is True) is one of Shakespeare’s most ostentatiously spectacular works – Coleridge called it a “show play.” And … Continue reading

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“…Must like a whore unpack my heart with words…”

Hamlet Act Two, Part Five By Dennis Abrams —————————————— I was up for awhile last night, continuing my reading of James Shapiro’s A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare.  It’s a highly enjoyable book, that combines in a way … Continue reading

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“I am not only witty in myself, but the cause that wit is in other men.”

Henry IV, Part Two Act One By Dennis Abrams ——————————– MAJOR CHARACTERS King Henry IV of England Prince Henry (known as Hal), later crowned King Henry V Hal’s brothers:  Prince John of Lancaster; Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester; Thomas, Duke of … Continue reading

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