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Applicable to movie or television adaptations, theatre productions, or the written play itself… do you remember studying any at school?

Justlikeawoman
3 weeks ago
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Lynibis
Lynibis3 weeks ago

For comedy: A Midsummer Night's Dream

For tragedy: Romeo and Juliet

For true story (with poetic licence): Henry V

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Justlikeawoman
Justlikeawoman
Original Poster
3 weeks ago

Lynibis

Much Ado

Macbeth

Richard III

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Chelsea0121
Chelsea01215 days ago

Lynibis I agree with this 100% when in school I c9uldnt stand doing shakespeare but now I like reading and watching his plays

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Lynibis
Lynibis5 days ago

Chelsea0121 I am surprised no one has ever rewritten Shakespeare in modern day English, but then again it would probably be difficult with the rhyming couplets.

When my granddaughter was little I took her to see Midsummer Night's Dream at regent park open air theatre.....she loved it and is now teaching English with Shakespeare and Dickens as her speciality.

You may enjoy the following:

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-king-movie-review-2019

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Justlikeawoman
Justlikeawoman
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3 days ago

Lynibis there are lots of modern translations and retellings of Shakespeare. Not quite the same though!

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gerrykelly25
gerrykelly253 weeks ago

Has to be Macbeth or The Tempest for me.

Not really keen on film adaptations, I love the theatre!

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beccatavender
beccatavender3 weeks ago

I had to study Romeo & Juliette at school, I've seen a lots. Hamlet, MacBeth, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, Richard III.

Both live and film versions. My preference is the live performance.

We visited Shakespeare's birthplace a few years ago, and the had actors reciting his plays, you call out a play and they did a scene, it was amazing as they did some obscure stuff.

I don't think I could say what my favourite is 🙂

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock3 weeks ago

It depends on the production of course. We were lucky to have the RSC come to my daughter's school and they did Henry VI. I knew nothing about it but I was mesmerised. It was helped by having a drummer with an oiled chest!

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Nadiaparveen
Nadiaparveen3 weeks ago

I like Macbeth the best

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Grannyclock
Grannyclock3 weeks ago

We did several at school and always took parts as we read them. My starring role was as The Hole in the Wall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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didbygraham
didbygraham3 weeks ago

We had to study Julius Caesar which I hated while we were reading it through but once we got to see it at Stratford it did bring it alive and I enjoyed it for a while. The only trouble is that having to study the text of a play just destroys any enjoyment you might have got from it. I used to enjoy reading, poetry and a few Shakespeare plays - then I somehow managed to scrape a pass at GCE O Level and have hardly read a book since. It was even worse when we had to study Dickens for the same exam. Great Expectations - try taking an English Literature exam when you have only read less that 10% of the actual book!

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

I studied Othello at school, which I enjoyed, although I didn't think the t.v. adaptation was that good.

I taught a Shakespeare unit when I was covering an English class for a term and we did Midsummer night's dream and Romeo and Juliet. The pupils really enjoyed it, although they found some parts of midsummer night's dream a little ridiculous.

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