You can’t celebrate Shakespeare with one hand and then punch him in the Folio with the other; it’s just rude.
I find it suiting that my first article ever was about honesty when it comes to adaptation; for two and a half year this has been my own little war with the theatres of the world and while I know that I’m losing, I’ll continue to fight the good fight. The Stratford Festival, being the country’s flagship theatre, needs to take the lead in this. Next year they’ll be producing King Lear, King John and Antony and Cleopatra. Like New South Books, the artists at Stratford must begin letting audiences know when the text has been changed – and who did the changing. You can’t celebrate Shakespeare with one hand and then punch him in the Folio with the other; it’s just rude.