Saturday, January 12, 2013

I Need to Read More Shakespeare

I've never read Twelfth Night.  I do suspect there aren't a lot of reindeer in the play.


  1. I will upset lots of people, but, there is no better way to kill a Shakespeare play than to read it. They were written to be performed not read, and by the way I think the Reindeer are the fault of Clement Clarke Moore, and American, with his poem The Night Before Christmas.
    Of course in Tudor times all the female parts were acted by "boys" as women weren't allowed on stage ~ such fun!

  2. Twelfth Night is my favorite Shakespeare play - I saw it live in London with a school group at an early age. The gender bending theme makes it a must-see. Unfortunately the best adaptation (a 1970s BBC production with Janet Suzman as Viola) doesn't seem to be available.

  3. Nah, they read quite well. It depends on how you read them. (As a book, they fail; as a play, they read as well as they should!)

    My favorite is Midsummer's Night Dream.

    And then, of course, there's Kiss Me Kate (The Taming of the Shrew)...

    Either way, "Brush up your Shakespeare, Start quoting him now..." :-)

  4. I'm not sure which is my favorite. There are so many to choose from. Scenes from the Janet Suzman version are probably on this video,

    But, I didn't see any specifics. Evidently the original was available on Blockbuster for a while, but no more, alas.

    I love the poetry, even if I'm just reading it to myself. But, it definitely benefits from the visual presentation.

    The Merchant of Venice of course has a good F2M scene, which Tanya Allan mentions in a few of her books.


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