Kate Maltby

Kate Maltby writes about the intersection of culture, politics and history. She is a theatre critic for The Times and is conducting academic research on the intellectual life of Elizabeth I.

Harriet Walter as Brutus in the Donmar’s 2012 production of Julius Caesar

Harriet Walter’s gentle reproach to Shakespeare

7 January 2017 9:00 am

A few years ago, I fell hopelessly in love with Harriet Walter. It only lasted an hour or two: she…

Not-so-Gloriana: Queen Elizabeth I in her early sixties. (Studio of Marcus Gheerarts the Younger, c. 1596)

Power slips from Gloriana’s jewelled fingers

21 May 2016 9:00 am

If you’ve been watching Game of Thrones recently, you’ll have seen an old folkloric fantasy in which a bewitching young…

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The Heckler: the Shakespeare anniversary has stripped the Bard of his beauty

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The feeding frenzy over the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death has reached its peak. Recently we’ve had Shakespeare’s complete…