So this week's planned post has had to have a slight change (I just love Hamlet and Horatio WAY TOO MUCH, you guys) so instead this Sunday I thought I'd delight you with a post idea that I've shamelessly stolen from the fabulous Rosie's Simply Shakespeare series on her blog. I'm going to sort out Shakespearean characters in to their Hogwarts Houses! Okay, not all the Shakespeare characters. Today I'm going to focus just on the main cast from Hamlet. I'm not superhuman...
On Shakespeare and Fandom
Starting Hamlet has got me thinking on this blog about how much we, as individuals, love things and where our love for these things comes from. For me, Shakespeare is one of my great loves. I may be slightly blinkered towards certain plays...
Dealing With Parent Problems
While Romeo is busy pining in Mantua, Juliet is going about trying to save herself. Her cousin is dead at her husband’s hand, and her husband is now staying the night to consummate their marriage. Act 3 Scene 5 opens with the famous lines “Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day”, but it is very much day, and one Romeo must flee from before Juliet is left to face whatever her parents throw at her...
We’re here! It’s THE FIGHT SCENE. Possibly the most exciting – and certainly the most action packed – scene in the whole of Romeo and Juliet. This is where the tragedy begins to spiral out of control; this is where we first lose characters we have come to know so well...
Reasons to Love Mercutio
Mercutio! Best friend of Romeo, nomad who does not belong to either house, resident joker, and performer extraordinaire. Where to start with such a fascinating character?
We open Romeo and Juliet with two servingmen, Sampson and Gregory, trading insults with two Montague men and spoiling for a fight. Why open with a fight, not with our titular lovers, you may ask? Because of the family feud!
Is It True Love?
Teenage heartbreak, as we know, is rather all consuming. What is even more all consuming for Romeo, however, is his being attracted to literally anyone who is passably good looking. That’s right – today I’m looking in to Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting.
RSC: Twelfth Night
Last night was the RSC cinema broadcast of Twelfth Night. I hadn't seen a production of Twelfth Night since I watched a production by the drama students at uni, and hadn't seen it on the professional stage since Richard Wilson played Malvolio at the RSC in 2009, so I felt the time was right to try another production! Viola and Sebastian in this production are from India, shipwrecked to Illyria, which takes the form of nineteenth century England...
DISCOVERING… Romeo and Juliet
My first foray in to discovering more about Shakespeare is with Romeo and Juliet. I chose this play because it’s one that I have experienced regularly ever since I was at school, and yet one I have never felt entirely sold on. Star-crossed lovers fall in love, get married, and kill themselves in the space… Continue reading DISCOVERING… Romeo and Juliet
5 Reasons You Should Try Shakespeare
Shakespeare is not always synonymous with ‘this is the best thing that has happened to me in all of literature’. I mean, for me it is, but I know that you are probably reading this and thinking but what about everything else that has ever been written ever? And you may have a point. But let me put forth five reasons why we should all try Shakespeare!