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Best Kindle version of Shakespeare

I need the works of Shakespeare on my Kindle. I would like to get a version that has a real, actual table of contents, so that I can jump from one play to another without having to scroll through thousands of pages and/or search for the title. I'm willing to pay for this. Do you have a good version of the bard's works? Can I have it too?
posted by nushustu on Sep 6, 2016 - 2 answers

Best paperback edition of the complete works of Shakespeare?

I've got several hardcover collections of Shakespeare but what I'm craving is a paperback version that can open/lay flat, with clear and legible text and quality paper -- annotations and footnotes are welcome but introductory essays and extensive commentary aren't required. The Amazon reviews of various editions are unhelpful because, due to some odd algorithm, they don't all correspond to the actual editions on sale. Can anyone recommend an edition that fits my specifications? Thanks in advance!
posted by mylittlepoppet on Aug 20, 2016 - 8 answers

Picking a dark/middle age setting for a mock Shakespeare play?

I want to find a dark/middle age kingdom in which to set a mock Shakespeare play. I don't know enough history which is where you come in. Specific parameters inside. TW: Brexit [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Aug 18, 2016 - 13 answers

Did shakespeare's actors breath at the end of each line?

There are some who say that shakespeare's verse is meant for the breath to be taken at the end of the line rather than at the end of sentences and ideas (as is the natural way people take breaths). What proof is there that Shakespeare's actors actually did this? [more inside]
posted by manderin on Jun 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Where to sit/stand at the Globe Theatre?

I'm planning to see "Macbeth" at the Globe Theatre this summer, where I've never been, and I want the best seats in the house. What are those? [more inside]
posted by eugenen on May 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Shakespeare on desire as muse

Brief Shakespeare quotation on the idea of desire or love as muse / as source of creative fire? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Dec 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Not funny "ha-ha."

Sparked by this question, I started thinking again about a sort of group of personal theories I have about some artist, works, etc. that are not generally talked about as funny, but I believe are best thought of, if not originally intended as, very dry or dark comedy. I'm curious about two things: Is there anyone else who has written or talked about these kinds of, or these specific works in this way? What other writers, artists, or specific works fit this idea? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Dec 11, 2015 - 22 answers

Do you remember this three person acting troupe in the Bay Area, c 2006?

Super vagueness coming up but would be so worth it if anyone knew the answer. About 10(?) years ago, my husband took me to see a production of Shakespeare's Richard III, in Oakland. The troupe - or possibly just the way was written? - had only 3 actors, who did all the different characters. The actor who played Richard was a black man. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Nov 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Which Shakespeare plays are best for introducing him to teenagers?

I'm asking for recommendations for the two plays that would be best for introducing Shakespeare to two teenagers. I am planning to buy a couple of the "Shakespeare Made Easy" books where his original text is on the left side page and the modern/plain English translation is on the right hand side page. I think these books are great for helping to understand and appreciate the language. [more inside]
posted by atm on Oct 23, 2015 - 52 answers

Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow, creeps in this petty Hobbit hole...

Looking for entertaining Shakespeare movies with correct, quotable dialogue. [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Sep 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Who played this Henry V in 1929?

Pathe has footage of an actor from 1929 performing the 'Once More into the breach dear friends' speech from William Shakespeare's Henry V. I've had a look around but can't find solid proof of anyone and wondered if any you recognised him? Asking purely because it's been bugging me.
posted by feelinglistless on Sep 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Foreign Language Editions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Need help finding foreign language editions of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. [more inside]
posted by DanSachs on Jul 7, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me do a Boston Southie accent.

I'm playing Costard in a production of Love's Labours Lost. He's a lower class character among royalty. A bright guy, but ignorant of their ways. I want to attempt a Southie accent, and I'm looking for help. So far I've re-watched Good Will Hunting, The Fighter, and Ted, and have googled "how to do a Boston accent". I'm looking for additional advice from a Bostonian beyond the basics, but ideally, a phonetic transcription or recording of Costard's lines would really help me out. I've included the lines below. [more inside]
posted by consummate dilettante on Mar 15, 2015 - 12 answers

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

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