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Monthly Archives: August 2016

The Bard with minimal fuss

The Bard with minimal fuss

Whether you are on old hand with Shakespeare’s plays or after an alternative interpretation of his greatest works  – “Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare” is something for you. By Lya Pfäffli Watching a Shakespeare play can be a bit overwhelming. Some struggle with the complexity of the Bard’s plays – whether it is the tragically doomed love story of Romeo and Juliet or the haunting vision of King Lear’s mental collapse. Others find the language difficult to follow or the scene changes confusing, even though they love the idea of fairies saving mortals in Midsummer Night’s Dream. A solution is

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Comments Off   |  25/08/2016 Culture, Uncategorized

A market to quench a specific phobia

A market to quench a specific phobia

The Basel Beer Market has experienced a growing popularity – and comes up with a premiere in 2016. By Martin Pütter Anybody suffering from “Cenosillicaphobia” absolutely must – repeat: must – visit Vogesenplatz this last weekend of August. The 4th beer market taking place there contributes significantly to massively reduce the symptoms of the “fear of empty (beer) glasses”. Science may have discovered this phobia only very recently; however, beer aficionados are familiar with this phenomenon since their favourite tipple was first brewed – and the oldest surviving remains of beer date back to around 3’500 BC. Archaeologists strongly believe

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Comments Off   |  22/08/2016 Events, Uncategorized

Taking The Bard Into The Woods

Taking The Bard Into The Woods

Shakespeare in the Courtyard is an open air event with a twist, set in the medieval backdrop of Basel’s Old Town. By Lya Pfäffli This year marks Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary and to celebrate, Shakespeare in the Courtyard is presenting a ‘teaser taster trio’ of arguably the Bard’s most famous tragedies: Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth by Tom Stoppard and Benvollo & Tybalt are Dead (Romeo and Juliet), abridged by Patrick Deslarzes.  This performance (in English) takes place from 18 August to 3 September and returns once again to the intimate courtyard setting of «Schönes Haus», a beautifully preserved building dating from

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