MOVE OVER MACBETH!

That was the reaction of one member of the audience at the production of Bothwell, Prisoner of Malmö.   She’d just witnessed my son Fraser James MacLeod’s performance in the play that debuted in Ystad and Malmö in August.  She was reacting to the tale of James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, who was Mary, Queen of Scots’ third husband.  He was incarcerated for five years in Malmöhus, the city’s castle.  (In 1569, when the play is set, Malmö was under Danish rule, only becoming part of Sweden after the 1658 Treaty of Roskilde.)  Bothwell’s is a complicated story that began in his native Scotland, where he rose to be an important lord and supporter of...

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ANOTHER STRANGE YEAR

It’s been another strange year, hasn’t it? But it hasn’t been without interest. One highlight in Sweden has been the long-overdue appointment of a woman prime minister. Magdalena Andersson initially lasted one day (the budget was defeated in parliament). But now she’s back. Hopefully, this time she’ll last a while longer. The way Covid has been handled in the UK and Sweden continues to differ. We witnessed at first hand what it was like in Sweden in the autumn, when we made our first trip over there in two years. Despite certain difficulties, it was a great feeling crossing the Öresund Bridge and reaching Swedish soil. It really did feel like going home. And...

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