The Merry Wives of Windsor: The Ridiculousness of Relationships

What’s it about?  Noted womanizer John Falstaff (one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters) attempts to seduce both Mistress Ford and Mistress Page, who then work together to get back at him. The husbands Ford and Page are unaware of this at first, but it culminates in a rather mean trick that they play on Falstaff at the end of the…

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I absolutely loved this version of The Tempest. This play works so well with a woman in the role of Prospero. I think it actually works better in many ways, truth be told. As a father-daughter relationship, it’s slightly creepy, but when it’s mother-daughter instead, I don’t get that vibe. Maybe that’s just me. Also, I’ve got to say that…

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Why Shakespeare?

As there are more weeks in the year than there are Shakespeare plays, about every month or so, my weekly post will be not be about a specific play but something else related to Shakespeare.  Today, as the first of these posts, I want to talk about one simple question: Why Shakespeare? Part of the reason that I decided to…

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Currently watching The Tempest with Helen Mirren as Prospera and Ben Whishaw (who I adore) as Ariel. Because what better way to enjoy the anticipation of a giant snowstorm?

Let Shakespeare’s women speak for themselves – CapX

Let Shakespeare’s women speak for themselves – CapX cantankerousquince: There’s a debate going on on a teaching forum and I’d like people’s input on what you make of it before I add my two cents to the misogyny and bullshit that’s being put about. Fascinating article.  Shakespeare can be interpreted in an infinite number of ways. And there have been…

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I absolutely loved these lines when I played First Witch in my sixth grade class production of Macbeth. The lines were super fun to say , but you can imagine the quality of the production with a handful of ten-year-old “actors.” Let’s just say, we performed for our parents, but nobody else would have enjoyed watching it very much… Finding…

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Iago

kelseyridge13: Well, yes… Basically I could not help but reblog this. It is indeed Iago 100%.

Timon of Athens: Asking and Trusting

What’s it about?  We are introduced to Timon, who we are led to understand is a very wealthy, very generous Athenian citizen. He showers his friends with gifts. Before we’re too far into the play, however, we find out that he has been spending somewhat thoughtlessly and has gotten himself into a difficult spot of financial trouble. Trusting that his…

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allthingshakespeare: Helen Mirren as Cleopatra and Alan Rickman as Antony in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1998 production of “Antony and Cleopatra” (Credit: J. Stllwell). I so wish I could have seen this production! That would have been quite something. 🙂

I did not know until just now that Alan Rickman was apparently in a production of Antony and Cleopatra with Helen Mirren. That would have been AMAZING to see.