Jessica Tovey on playing Shakespeare’s most important female role

Jessica Tovey on playing Shakespeare’s most important female role

We spoke to Jessica Tovey about the complexities of playing not only a Shakespearean role, but his most honoured and nuanced female character, Portia in The Merchant of Venice.

Tomayto/tomahto: The artistic synergy of the Gershwins

Never has the term ‘include your brother’ been used to greater effect than the Gershwins. George and Ira were titans together, minnows alone. Sadly, it was not to last.

A tepid love triangle solved by drugs: Translating Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’amore”

Donizetti’s opera tells the story of a military alpha jock who fights it out with a local derelict for the hand of a well-to-do lady who wants nothing to do with either. Add a mysterious potion and you have a story of love that is as beautiful as it is awkward. Bravo.

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Know who you’re Googling: Orson Welles

Orson Welles. Philanderer. Egotist. Auteur. With his long-dead project exhumed by Netflix, why not share your breakfast with Orson. Just mind your fingers. And your manners.

Davis

Happy birthday, you’re dead: Bette Davis

The incomparable Bette Davis is the focus of our “Happy birthday, you’re…” treatment today. Just because someone has passed, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Party?

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