Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Take a Break: Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th

The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death was on April 23rd (last Saturday). Interestingly, it’s also believed to be his birthday. So events are being held all over the world, including today’s “take a break.” For some Shakespearean fun, try the following:

Check out Internet Shakespeare Editions: Lots of neat stuff at this site, including a biography 

The complete works of Shakespeare are on-line so try reading one of his plays 

Watch a movie that was inspired by one of Shakespeare's plays:
-       She’s the Man based on Twelfth Night
-       The Lion King (Hamlet in African animal form)
-       The Bad Sleep Well (Hamlet)
-       Strange Brew (Hamlet)
-       West Side Story (Romeo and Juliet set in 1950s New York City)
-       Romeo Muse Die (Romeo and Juliet)
-       Warm Bodies (Romeo and Juliet)
-       Kiss Me Kate (The Taming of the Shrew)
-       Deliver Us from Eva (The Taming of the Shrew)
-       10 Things I hate About You (The Taming of the Shrew)
-       Forbidden Planet (The Tempest)
-       Ran (King Lear)
-       A Thousand Acres (King Lear)
-       O (Othello)
-       Throne of Blood (Macbeth)
-       Men of Respect (Macbeth)
-       Big Business (The Comedy of Errors)
-       My Own Private Idaho (Henry IV and V)
-       Get Over It (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
There are lots more but this list should get you started

Watch the Bolshoi Ballet’s version of Romeo and Juliet 

Did Shakespeare really write the plays, sonnets and all that’s been attributed to him? Given the illiteracy of his parents as well as his daughters, many scholars question who did write the plays? Who was he fronting for and why? Read more on this topic. 

We use a lot of phrases and words that were actually coined by Shakespeare. Check out some examples at Mental Floss

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