Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare!

In a flamboyant age and a notoriously flamboyant profession - he was an active member of a theatre company for at least 20 years - Shakespeare was abnormally reticent. As a result, researchers have had painstakingly to piece together the story of his life from surviving scraps of evidence.

From Google Image
Shakespeare wrote most of his greatest plays during the first decade (1599-1608) of his company's occupation of the Globe. They include the mature comedies, Much Ado About Nothing (which may shortly pre-date the move), As You Like It and Twelfth Night; the darker comedies, sometimes called ‘problem plays’, All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Troilus and Cressida; a pot-boiler, The Merry Wives of Windsor, written in response to demands for more of Falstaff; and the major tragedies, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens. It was a period that saw the Lord Chamberlain's Men honoured by the new monarch with the title of King's Men and confirmed in their ascendancy at court. (From Credo Reference

Read Shakespeare:

Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet
Much Ado About Nothing
A Midsummer's Night Dream

Watch:

The Tragedy of Macbeth
A Midsummer's Night Dream
Henry V

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