All posts by Bill Walthall

After graduating from UCLA with a degree in English and a teaching credential, Bill Walthall returned to his hometown in Ventura County, California, to teach English and drama at Oxnard and Hueneme High Schools. Having spent a decade in the classroom, he took a year off to recharge his batteries, but was pulled into the private-sector rat race as a technology consultant. In the last handful of years, however, he has rekindled his passion for literature and education. He launched his blog, The Bill / Shakespeare Project, where he brings not only a fun, accessible yet still scholarly approach to a play-by-play analysis of Shakespeare’s works, but also the latest and greatest in Willy Shakespeare headlines every week in his “This Week in Shakespeare” podcast.

Friday Film Focus: The Tempest, 1979, by BBC (Complete Works)

It’s now fall and the time of good movies released to theaters (in theory), and this being a Friday, it’s time to take a look at a video version of our play under discussion. Thus, let’s take a look at The Tempest from the BBC’s Complete Works, an entry from 1980.

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He cannot be contained…

Greetings, all.

Sorry for the lack of posts–you know the story (btw, the subbing gig is going very well…having a great time working on short stories with my standard classes [getting ready to move into expository writing] and using GoodTickleBrain as inspiration for the Honors students’ examination of Fahrenheit 451). I’ve been watching some The Tempest videos in what downtime I can carve out, and it looks like in the coming weeks, I’ll be able to come up for air, which means I look to dive back into that play in a more active manner.

That said, today’s entry is something a little different…

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, October 9th, 2017

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This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes…a whole bunch of reviews. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes:  pop-up books, Ellen Burstyn, and lots of reviews. PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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Friday Film Focus: Shakespeare Uncovered – The Tempest by BBC

OK, so it’s not quite a film, but it is a The Tempest-related viewing experience.

I checked out Shakespeare Uncovered: The Tempest with Trevor Nunn, an hour special, hosted by the famed British director, focusing on the last romance.

Shakespeare Uncovered: The Tempest with Trevor Nunn (photo courtesy PBS)

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The Bill / Shakespeare Project presents: This Week in Shakespeare news, for the week ending Monday, September 25th, 2017

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This week’s Shakespeare news review podcast includes: lots of non-Shakespeare Shakespeare, a new RSC production, and a spy . PLUS our usual recap of this week’s daily highlights in Shakespearean history.

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