'My interpretation of God? He would be like a beautifully turned-up barman in a bar.' Photo courtesy of Russian TV show 'Vecherniy Urgant'
Ralph Fiennes needs no introduction. The director and actor has been promoting his new film The Invisible Woman at the New British Film Festival, which is on in three Russian cities until 9 November 2014. The British Council's Anna Safronova related questions from our Facebook fans in
Russian audiences initially struggled to warm to Shakespeare’s rugged and emotion-filled plays, full of death, betrayal and skulduggery. Photo: Vladimir Vyatkin, the Chekhov ITF.
Shakespeare translations first reached Russia in the 18th century. Reactions were as mixed then as they are effusive today. The British Council's Keira Ives-Keeler walks us through the history of Shakespeare's Russian reception following the Shakespeare Globe's sold-out performance of Hamlet last month and ahead of the company's return to Moscow in the autumn.
Pictured: Ladi Emeruwa plays Hamlet at the Kyiv production of Shakespeare’s Globe world tour. Photo: British Council
Why do Ukrainians identify with issues in Hamlet? The Shakespeare's Globe theatre company performed the play in Kyiv, despite the recent turmoil in the country. Martin Dowle, the British Council's country director in Ukraine, recounts.
'During the war, if you decided to go to the theatre, you knew that decision could be the last one you ever made.' Photo of performance at the Sarajevo War Theatre by Velija Hasanbegović.
One hundred years ago, the First World War broke out. For the countries involved in it, nothing would be the same again. Ahead of a series of debates the British Council is running with the BBC, the first of which will be held in Sarajevo on 22 June, Nihad Kreševljaković, director of
'Flattery and reassurance are Lady Macbeth’s favourite persuasive tools – and isn’t the art of persuasion one we would all like to master?' Photo by Andrew Smith under Creative Commons licence.
As we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth this year, English tutor and resource writer Genevieve White responds to some of the common problems teaching Shakespeare in the English language classroom.