The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good. — Robert Graves
My Shakespeare philosophy:
- You will not understand it all. Relax! Let it wash over you and enjoy the parts you DO get!
- Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be performed. While the words are fantastic, they can be heard and enjoyed during a live or filmed performance. And if you go to show or rent a DVD: see idea #1.
- Shakespeare’s plays have something for everyone: The dirty jokes and insults are hilarious. The commentary on human nature is spot on. The deaths are awesomely gruesome. The romantic stuff is super romantic. What’s not to enjoy?
Handy Summaries (click for websites):
Can’t go to a live show? Rent one of these!
Movie versions I love:
Hamlet (Ethan Hawke & Julia Stiles)
Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh & Kate Winslet)
Macbeth (Patrick Stewart)
Romeo + Juliet (Leonardo DiCaprio & Kate Winslet)
Romeo & Juliet (Franco Zefirelli’s version)
Much Ado About Nothing (Emma Thompson)
Twelfth Night (Parminda Nagra, Chiwetel Ejiofor) Twelfth Night (Ben Kingsley, Helena Bonham Carter)
Henry V (Kenneth Branaugh)
Richard III (Ian McKellan, Robert Downey Jr. )
Movies Inspired by Shakespeare:
10 Things I Hate About You (Taming of the Shrew)
She’s the Man (12th Night)
The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged
Kiss Me Kate (musical of Taming of the Shrew)
Shakespeare in Love