1. 142. Hamlet’s mother will not be played by a woman who could have gone to high school with the actor playing Hamlet.

  2. snafflebithumptywink:



    omfg tony nominations






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  4. ladyofsandwiches:


    And this is why you should see the damn plays instead of just reading them.  They were meant to be performed in front of an audience.

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  6. renkris:

    [In response to this.]


    The More You Know

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  7.  ”I’m convinced that anyone who says “I can’t understand Shakespeare” would change their mind if they sat down with someone and learned to read it correctly. I’ve done this with my brother, who struggles with learning disabilities and trouble focusing. I make it interactive. I read him the lines, to help him understand the intonation and nuance, and have him read them back to me. Immediately, he relates. At age 15, he knows what Shakespeare was trying to say through his character’s voice. And I think that is something truly magical.”


  8. shakespeareaudio:

    David Tennant as Malvolio in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (Or What You Will.)


    'If this fall into thy hand, revolve. In my stars I 
    am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some 
    are born great, some achieve greatness, and some 
    have greatness thrust upon ‘em. Thy Fates open 
    their hands; let thy blood and spirit embrace them; 
    and, to inure thyself to what thou art like to be, 
    cast thy humble slough and appear fresh. Be 
    opposite with a kinsman, surly with servants; let 
    thy tongue tang arguments of state; put thyself into 
    the trick of singularity: she thus advises thee 
    that sighs for thee. Remember who commended thy 
    yellow stockings, and wished to see thee ever 
    cross-gartered: I say, remember. Go to, thou art 
    made, if thou desirest to be so; if not, let me see 
    thee a steward still, the fellow of servants, and 
    not worthy to touch Fortune’s fingers. Farewell. 
    She that would alter services with thee, 
    Daylight and champaign discovers not more: this is 
    open. I will be proud, I will read politic authors, 
    I will baffle Sir Toby, I will wash off gross 
    acquaintance, I will be point-devise the very man. 
    I do not now fool myself, to let imagination jade 
    me; for every reason excites to this, that my lady 
    loves me. She did commend my yellow stockings of 
    late, she did praise my leg being cross-gartered; 
    and in this she manifests herself to my love, and 
    with a kind of injunction drives me to these habits 
    of her liking. I thank my stars I am happy. I will 
    be strange, stout, in yellow stockings, and 
    cross-gartered, even with the swiftness of putting 
    on. Jove and my stars be praised! Here is yet a 
    'Thou canst not choose but know who I am. If thou 
    entertainest my love, let it appear in thy smiling; 
    thy smiles become thee well; therefore in my 
    presence still smile, dear my sweet, I prithee.’ 
    Jove, I thank thee: I will smile; I will do 
    everything that thou wilt have me.

        — Twelfth Night, Act II.5

    (Source: plays.pursuedbyabear.net)


  9. The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain has secured a rate of £11,500 for writers of original plays used by the three venues, up 7.94% from £10,654 in 2010, when the rate under its Theatres National Committee agreement was last increased.

    Translation:  More Shakespeare and Marlowe.


  10. Macbeth’s Lady reviews Titus, the 1999 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

    (Source: pursuedbyabear.net)


  11. Adrian Lester as Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.


  12. Maggie Smith and John Justin in William Shakespeare’s Richard II.

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  14. David Tennant and Alexandra Gilbreath as the title characters in William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.


  15. whosafraidofelizabethtaylor:

    Richard Burton stars and Sir John Gielgud directs William Shakespeare’s play of the Danish Prince. This is a “Hamlet” acted in rehearsal clothes, stripped of all extraneous trappings, so the beauty of the language and imagery could shine through. Filmed during an actual Broadway performance, to be shown in movie theaters for two days only, the prints were contractually ordered destroyed, but Burton sent one to the British Film Institute, and kept one print at home, located by his widow Sally in 1988; here then is the complete Burton “Hamlet” in all its vocal power and glory.