Ben Jonson

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 As for the sentence-ending prepositions John Dryden didn’t like, he was only expressing an opinion. It took another century for this to harden into a rule.

It probably didn’t cost them the election, or maybe even a single vote. But there must have been many people of a certain age who thought Fine Gael’s (...)

 Aaron Monaghan in Druid’s riveting production of “Richard III” at the Abbey Theatre  Aaron Monaghan in Druid’s riveting production of “Richard III” at the Abbey Theatre

The riveting production of Richard III at the Abbey reminded me of one of the all-time great understatements. It was supposedly the last thing spoken (...)

Members of the public prepare for a parade marking the 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

At the risk of offending my more erudite readers, I dare say most of you will be unfamiliar with the work of Francis Beaumont. He was, nevertheless, a(...)

Brilliant act of reappropriation: DruidShakespeare, featuring Aisling O’Sullivan as Henry V, invites us to experience Shakespeare’s histories through an Irish lens. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/New York Times

In the late 1980s, when I began research on what turned into my book 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare, I had never heard of the Irish (...)

Shakespeare, like sex, apparently sells: William Shakespeare in the Chandos portrait, from circa 1600-1610

Through no particular fault of his own, William Shakespeare came into this world and departed it on the same day of the year – it falls this weekend: (...)

Shakespeare’s plays as originally pronounced sounded not only Irish, but positively Oirish in parts

You may recall a skirmish in these pages recently on the subject of how James Joyce and Sean O’Casey spoke, specifically whether their accents sounded(...)

 Sean O’Casey manuscript of ‘Juno and the Paycock’ valued at €380,000 ahead of New York auction. Image : Michael Parsons

A handwritten draft of Seán O’Casey’s play Juno and the Paycock has been valued at up to $300,000 (€280,000) ahead of an auction in New York on Friday(...)