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A Shared Universe of Shakespeare Characters

Has there been one besides the comic "Kill Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Feb 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me choose a passage from a Shakespeare play for a short film?

I am working on a short (4-minute) film that is set at a performance of Shakespeare in the Park. As part of the film one of the characters (an actor) will be on stage, acting out a short portion from a play. I need to choose what passage the actor will be performing. Help? [more inside]
posted by matcha action on Feb 18, 2015 - 6 answers

King Lear in Central Park

Has anyone stood on line for free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park recently? How bad are the lines? How early should I get there?
posted by islandeady on Aug 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Appreciating the Density of Shakespeare in Real Time

Shakespeare's plays are so densely rich and full of deep philosophy and wordplay (e.g. throwaway allusions which open - and, a line or two later, shut - huge worlds of insightful ideas) that I find it quite impossible to parse (much less absorb) all of what's being said and alluded to in real-time. And this is leaving completely aside the issues of outdated references and obsolete language. So: is it that people back then had nimbler minds, capable of absorbing densely-packed language in real time by rapidly spieling actors? Or.......? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Mar 13, 2014 - 26 answers

Halloween Hair Humectant? Soggy Samhain Strands?

Remember The Wet Look? Well, I need The Drowned Look. For this year’s Halloween costume contest, my buddies and I are going as the ladies of Shakespearean tragedy, and I drew Ophelia. I’m not doing Sad or Mad Ophelia, though; I’m doing recently-fished-out-of-the-creek Ophelia, and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by The Underpants Monster on Oct 21, 2013 - 19 answers

Jude Kelly's Othello

In 1997 Jude Kelly directed a production of Othello starring Patrick Stewart in the title role. Is a recording available? [more inside]
posted by jedicus on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Adaptations of Shakespeare

What are the best tv or movie adaptations of Shakespeare's plays?
posted by Proginoskes on Jun 16, 2013 - 36 answers

Much Ado About Claudio

Shakespeare Filter, Much Ado About Nothing Subfilter: Why does Hero still marry Claudio when he is the MEANEST PERSON IN THE WORLD? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee on Jun 8, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I contact English, Literature, and Drama teachers in NYC?

I want to offer super-cheap ($10 to free) Shakespeare tickets to educators and their students in the NYC area. I'm interested in contacting both high school and college teachers. Would they likely welcome this or consider it spam? Is there some kind of message board or other resource I can use to contact these folks.
posted by grumblebee on Mar 26, 2013 - 8 answers

A play: Queen Elizabeth & Shakespeare & fart jokes. Ring any bells?

My friend's mom is trying to find a play that might be called "1601." Probably has as characters: Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh, Shakespeare. She read it in the late 1960's, and it was full of many fart jokes, sexual allusions, etc. Was supposed to be set in Queen Elizabeth's drawing room... We're having no luck, turning to the hive mind.....
posted by kestralwing on Feb 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Which play should I see?

My in-laws gave me a gift certificate to the Guthrie Theater. It will pay for two tickets (for me and my wife) to one play. Given the cost of babysitting, tickets, and dinner, this may be the only play I will see this year. I'd like to see something by Shakespeare. Here are my choices: As You Like It - performed by The Acting Company; Twelth Night - performed by Propeller; and, Taming of the Shrew - Performed by Propeller. Which play should I see? I'll note that I'm leaning towards either seeing As You Like It or Twelth Night, as I've seen Taming of the Shrew twice before and found the sexism made it less than enjoyable both times (I was also in a production of it during college, and found it offputting then as well.)
posted by Area Man on Jan 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Analysis of a line from Shakespeare's Coriolanus

You know how sometimes when you watch (or read) a Shakespeare play, you come across a something which makes you go "Holy crap, that's one of the greatest pieces of English I've ever heard, but I'm not quite sure what it means". This happens especially often for me because I'm not a native English speaker. Well, I just watched the movie adaptation of Coriolanus a few weeks ago and I need one of the lines explained to me. [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Jan 12, 2013 - 16 answers

I want to read public domain books on an Android smartphone

I want to read public domain books (especially Shakespeare) on my Galaxy S3. But all of the apps I can find are giving me trouble. What's the best-designed and most convenient solution? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet on Jan 10, 2013 - 6 answers

Where can I host fair use vids w/o getting hit by copyright nonsense constantly?

Where can I host videos for my Shakespeare play comparison website that won't a) cost me tons due to hosting and b) be YouTube knee-jerky on copyright violation? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Oct 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Song identification filer: Indie Folk Version of Feste's Song?

Song identification filter: I heard a song on Los Angeles independent radio the other day that included lyrics from "Feste's Song" from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Some how my duckduckgofu hath failed. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by lalalana on Aug 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Hamlet's succession

Why wasn't Hamlet crowned King of Denmark immediately after his father's death? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic on May 12, 2012 - 22 answers

Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill?

Besides Shakespeare, who are the writers with the greatest wit and rhetorical skill? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox on Mar 29, 2012 - 56 answers

O Romeo, Romeo, do I explain you?

Taking children, ages 16, 15, and 10, to see Romeo & Juliet. Should I explain it to them first? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Feb 29, 2012 - 22 answers

The Shakespeare of Brazil...

Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Feb 21, 2012 - 5 answers

A drum a drum! Macbeth doth come!

Macbeth: Looking for a good annotated version of the Scottish play, geared toward a lay reader without a lot of Shakespeare knowledge, rather than an academic or expert. Open to one with a modern "translation" on each facing page. Interested in hardcopy, not electronic format. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Feb 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Who wrote "To out-[Person] [Person]"?

A bunch of supposedly literate people at Christmas dinner couldn't decide from what piece of classical English literature we all half-remember the phrase "to out-[Person] [Person]", or "it out-[Person]s [Person]". We were all sure it was from Shakespeare, but a quick regular expression search of Gutenberg found nothing. Can you think of examples of that construction?
posted by nicwolff on Dec 26, 2011 - 8 answers

What theater-themed short story involving a wallflower actor am I having trouble remembering?

I am trying to find the name of a short story that involved a socially awkward actor brought out of his shell romantically by Shakespeare's words. [more inside]
posted by noyb42 on Oct 15, 2011 - 5 answers

A kid-friendly "Merchant of Venice"?

Please recommend a video production of "The Merchant of Venice" best suited for an 8-year-old. [more inside]
posted by e-man on Oct 13, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I categorize sentence structures?

I'm looking for academic linguistic papers and/or books on classification of sentence structures. (Should I turn on the languagehat signal?) [more inside]
posted by Mr. Bad Example on Sep 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Something wicked this way comes.

I have some questions about Macbeth, especially the "three weird sisters." [more inside]
posted by Ljubljana on Jul 21, 2011 - 14 answers

What was the Shakespeare quote about the perfect prince?

Looking for a Shakespeare quote about the prince having been the ideal every man wished to be. [more inside]
posted by ldthomps on Jul 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Shakespeare on prevarication

Trying to find this Shakespeare passage: two guards talking idly, something about prevaricators being first in line for hell, etc. Ring a bell for anyone? thanks!
posted by the mad poster! on Jun 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Looking for Lady Macbeth

I am looking for great performances of Lady Macbeth. Please point me towards any recordings (video, audio) of Lady M's finest moments. I don't need whole productions of Macbeth, just great performances of Macbeth's wife. Online, preferably. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Jun 17, 2011 - 8 answers

What Shakespeare play best fits an unofficial wander-around-town performance?

If you were doing an outdoor guerrilla community Shakespeare play, where each scene was performed in a different public place, which one would you choose? [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on May 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Fine Literature in Shakespeare's time

I've heard from more than one academic source that Shakespeare's plays weren't considered particularly "high art" in his time, being somewhat more on the level of TV sitcoms of today. How accurate is that assessment? If it is accurate, what was considered highbrow literature at the time and why?
posted by telstar on Apr 2, 2011 - 20 answers

The Beginners Guide to Theatre Acting

Thespians of Metafilter: What should I, a humble stage acting newbie, expect when auditioning for a role with his local theatre company? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy on Feb 5, 2011 - 7 answers

All the world's a site, And all the men and women merely vloggers.

If one were to collect scenes from Shakespeare films to compare how different productions approached them differently, what scenes should be selected? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Aug 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Everyman Shakespeare

Is the 'Everyman Shakespeare' series available in other formats? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jul 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for info about the reputation of the Shakespeare Institute

I am looking for information about the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon (part of the University of Birmingham, UK). Specifically, I am wondering about its reputation for teaching and research. I am an American student considering attending for an MA in Shakespeare Studies, but don't feel like I have enough information to make a decision.
posted by adty on Jul 7, 2010 - 4 answers

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, why doesn't Horatio tell Hamlet of Ophelia's condition?

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, why doesn't Horatio tell Hamlet of Ophelia's condition? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless on Jun 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me find academic Elizabethan drama references.

AcademiaFilter: Help me find some references for my first thesis chapter. JSTOR and similar resources aren't yielding a lot of hits. I need background material for justifying selecting editions of Elizabethan dramatic texts. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Bad Example on Jun 2, 2010 - 11 answers

Which Shakespeare works should I read next?

Which Shakespeare works should I read next? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on May 26, 2010 - 21 answers

Shakespeare quote in French

Looking to identify a passage from Shakespeare that someone gave me written in French. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 on May 16, 2010 - 5 answers

It's not beautiful how much this is driving me crazy.

Help me remember a quote that features the word "beautiful" several times... Seriously, please help because it's driving me batty. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Feb 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Where to see Shakespeare?

Where should I go in London or Southern England to see Shakespeare performed live in early 2010? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish on Dec 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Full Fathoms Five...

I need help remembering the most famous Shakespeare references in modern literature. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Oct 9, 2009 - 40 answers

هَمْلِت في العربي؟

Does anyone know where I can obtain online a copy of Hamlet's famous soliloquy "To be, or not to be..." in Arabic? [more inside]
posted by Biru on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Where to find a listing of all the deaths in Shakespeare?

I seek a tome of knowledge pertaining to the Bard of Avalon, one William Shakespeare hight by name. To meet my wishes, it is meet said tome contains a listing of all personae dramatica in each play who meet their end, timely or no. Doth such a book exist? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Sep 2, 2009 - 5 answers

Shakespeare's plays not in play form

Looking for a website that retells the plots of Shakespeare's plays. Using modern English, in short story form. [more inside]
posted by thisperon on Aug 17, 2009 - 10 answers

Shakespearefilter- Writing an invitation like the Bard

I want to invite a woman (via letter) I like out on a date to see a Shakespearean play later this month. I want it to read somewhat like the general language used in his writings, but also instantly understandable to someone not very familiar with his plays and/or language. If someone could point me to a resource to help out or if you're willing to rewrite it yourself, I'd be very thankful. [more inside]
posted by Jason Land on Jul 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Hilarious Shakespeare?

What is the funniest scene in a Shakespeare play? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on May 20, 2009 - 28 answers

Should I flip a coin?

Which King Lear should I read, Q or F? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy on May 4, 2009 - 16 answers

Pre Globe Theater restaurant in London?

Where to eat before an evening performance at Shakespeare's Globe in London? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Apr 24, 2009 - 16 answers

Wanted: decent, non-traditional Shakespeare adaptations

Help me find more non-purist adaptations of Shakespeare's plays in books and film, please. Caveat postor: they need to actually be good. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Mar 4, 2009 - 28 answers

If music be the food of love, post on...

HighSchoolTwelfthNightProductionFilter: Help me set some Shakespearean songs to 1920's dixieland jazz melodies. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jan 5, 2009 - 10 answers

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