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Actor's Face Slashed During Hamlet

Outrageous stroke of ill fortune halts Irish production

(Newser) - An Irish production of Hamlet was cut short in the second half when the star was slashed under the eye and collapsed during the play's famous sword-fighting scene. Director Alan Stanford took to the stage to tell the audience that the blood was real and the show couldn't go on.... More »

Jury Deadlocked Over Guilt of Hamlet

Justice Anthony Kennedy presides over mock trial

(Newser) - A modern-day attempt to resolve a criminal case from way back did not succeed—despite the involvement of a Supreme Court justice. Anthony Kennedy presided over a mock trial of Hamlet at the University of Southern California, reports AP . It was a sort of legal master class—noted Los Angeles... More »

Sassy Gay Friend: Offensive or Hilarious?

The stereotypes are over the top—but he's empowering women!

(Newser) - Sassy Gay Friend is saving the lives of “unreasonably weepy” Shakespearean gals all over YouTube (quite literally: the videos have him counseling Opehlia, Juliet, and Desdemona)—but is he a smart satire or just plain offensive? He dispenses advice as a “very crappy dance beat” plays in the... More »

British Actress Jean Simmons Dead at 80

Nominated for Oscar as a teen for Hamlet role opposite Olivier

(Newser) - Jean Simmons, the British actress who as a teen received the first of two Oscar nominations for her Ophelia to Laurence Olivier’s 1948 Hamlet, died today at age 80 of lung cancer. She also starred in Guys and Dolls and Spartacus before earning another Oscar nomination for her role... More »

Law's Hamlet to Go From London to Broadway

Show to arrive from London in September

(Newser) - Jude Law is Broadway-bound as the prince of Denmark in a production of Hamlet exported from London, the New York Times reports. The show is set for a 12-week run on the Great White Way, with previews starting Sept. 12 and the official opening Oct. 6. Before it arrives Stateside,... More »

Jude Law's Hamlet Slays Critics

Movie star's Shakespeare turn gets strong notices

(Newser) - Jude Law took to the stage last night for the opening performance of Hamlet in London, and newspapers were largely impressed by the actor's take on the melancholy Dane. In the Telegraph, Charles Spencer writes that Law showed "rare vulnerability and emotional openness" in Shakespeare's toughest role. Dressed in... More »

Hit Man May Have Offed Fabled Scholar

Decoded diary points to distant cousin as Tycho Brahe's killer

(Newser) - Seminal Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe died in 1601 of mercury poisoning, a demise that funeral orators called "unexpected" and modern scholars are calling murder, Der Spiegel reports. As they plan to exhume Brahe's body, one specialist says he has uncovered the killer's diary: "It contains the details of... More »

Pianist's Skull Steals Hamlet Scene

Concert pianist left skull to theater

(Newser) - A concert pianist has appeared on stage in a 22-performance run of Hamlet—26 years after his death. André Tchaikowsky, a Polish Jew who was smuggled out of Warsaw as a child of 7, left his skull to the Royal Shakespeare Company upon his death in 1982. It was finally... More »

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