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#21 Michelle

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:02 PM

There's nothing wrong with not liking something, but I don't think you can say nothing happens.. they have plots, just like most stories.

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:12 PM

okay, nothing that interests me happens, then!

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:35 PM

I have of course read a lot of Shakespeare in school, and some on my own, and I love his plays! Here are the ones I have read:

A Midsummer Night's Dream (my favorite)
Macbeth
Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet
The Merchant of Venice
The Taming of the Shrew
Richard II
King Henry IV, parts I and II
King Henry V
Antony and Cleopatra

#24 SteffieB

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 04:41 PM

I love Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth, and his sonnets, too. I think Shakespeare is a challenge because it requires some translation.

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 08:27 PM

Oooh Shakespeare - just love his plays and sonnets. They've stood the test of time because their themes are so universal - usually concerned with human truths. My first introduction was O level Merchant of Venice - I was completely absorbed to see what the conclusion would be. We saw Macbeth at the cinema - hadn't realised it was going to be so gory.

At A level I studied Hamlet and was lucky enough to see Robert Lindsay play the lead at the Royal Exchange in Manchester - fantastic theatre - in the early 80's. We also studied The Tempest which turned out to be one of my favourites - I loved the civilization versus nature theme.

Since then I have studied Much Ado About Nothing and Othello. I thought Othello was brilliant - my daughter is studying it at the moment.

So all in all - a Shakespeare fan!:welcomeboard:

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Posted 21 September 2007 - 10:15 PM

I so need to read more Shakespeare. I have so much else to read (and to do!)

The first play I read was A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is my favourite, then Macbeth, then Romeo and Juliet, then a little bit of Merchant of Venice (becase the stupid teacher thought i could read in one night before my mock exam), and then I saw Twelfth Night (my second favourite) at the Shakespeare theatre in Stratford.

I absolutely love Shakespeare. His sonnets are great. I have had the complete works for some time, which someone gave me knowing my love for Shakespeare and I am sorry to say that I have not read much out of it yet. I suppose t also need the type pf concentration I don't have at the moment having the children.

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Posted 22 September 2007 - 03:44 AM

True for you Icecream, one of a very select few writers who actually puts life inspective. :welcomeboard:

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 06:33 AM

I'm not keen on Shakespeare. Mind you, I have only read him in high-school, and was probably too young to understand or appreciate his work. Maybe I'll pick one of his plays up some time, and see if I feel any differently now.

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 07:02 AM

Oh my, I've read plenty from The Bard. I think I like his bawdy comedies like The Taming of the Shrew -- but I'm a pig and like that kind of coarse material.

Some people think this stuff is boring -- well, try sitting in the wings for a show waiting to push a bit o' scenery in between Acts! Perchance to dream, indeed...

#30 Kell

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 09:53 AM

I'm not keen on Shakespeare. Mind you, I have only read him in high-school, and was probably too young to understand or appreciate his work. Maybe I'll pick one of his plays up some time, and see if I feel any differently now.

I've always thought it a bit of a crime the way teachers ruin Shakespeare for the kids they're teaching. If the teacher doesn't love his work, then the enthusiasm isn't instilled in the youngsters. I was fortunate in that I had teachers who adored the Bard and made it exciting for us to experience in the classroom. I was also fortunate in that my parents also encouraged that love for plays (seeing as how I was on the stage from such a young age).

Oh my, I've read plenty from The Bard. I think I like his bawdy comedies like The Taming of the Shrew - but I'm a pig and like that kind of coarse material.

I love The Taming of the Shrew too, Wrath - it's such a wonderfully boisterous play, full of clashing personalities and fireworks in the relationships!

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Posted 23 September 2007 - 02:03 PM

I've seen quite a few Shakespeare plays performed at various theatres. The best was King Lear in Bristol & the worst was Macbeth at The Globe. Dreadful. Particularly annoying as I took the kids to see it. I should have read a review before going.

The best performances of Shakespeare I think were the series the BBC did in the 80s. The highlights were Olivier as Lear (I must have watched it twenty times as it was one of my prepared questions for my finals), but the peak was, for me anyway, John Cleese as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. Quite brilliant. I'd love to see it again.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 05:08 PM

I've just studied Othello as part of my GCSE English course. The only experience I'd had before was when I was a stage hand at school for A Midsummer Night's Dream (about 26 years ago!).

I thought Shakespeare would be boring, but it was amazing. I loved it so much!

I totally agree, Kell, about Iago - he's deliciously and wickedly good!

Since posting this I've gone on to study Henry VI Part 3 and Richard III for AS level English. I absolutely adored Richard - another great 'baddy' like Iago!

We're now doing The Winter's Tale for A2 English - and I can already tell I'm going to love it.

I certainly think (for me, anyway) that a bit of maturity helps - together with a tutor who absolutely loves The Bard and is so enthusiastic - and that is so infectious that it rubs off!

ETA: NiceGuyEddie - I'm slowly buying the DVDs of the BBC 80s series from Amazon - they're great, even though they look a bit dated. :welcomeboard:

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:41 PM

Does anyone else remember the version of "Taming Of The Shrew" with Meryl Streep? The male actor was famous too and I can't think of his name.
I saw the video when I was in High School but I've never seen it since.
I've never liked Elizabeth Taylor in "The Taming of the Shrew".
I fell in love with Kenneth Branaugh in "As You Like It" (I think) with Emma Thompson. (PLEASE correct me. Which one was it?) And Denzel was great in that too.

I love King Lear, though I always felt Cordelia was a wet blanket.
I had a teacher in High School who made Shakespeare come alive for me. I never recovered. :welcomeboard:

#34 Kell

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:48 PM

Does anyone else remember the version of "Taming Of The Shrew" with Meryl Streep? The male actor was famous too and I can't think of his name.

It was Kiss Me, Petrucchio made in 1981 and it was Raul Julia. :welcomeboard:

I fell in love with Kenneth Branaugh in "As You Like It" (I think) with Emma Thompson. (PLEASE correct me. Which one was it?) And Denzel was great in that too.

It was Much Ado About Nothing - and yes, it was brilliant!

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:48 AM

It was Kiss Me, Petrucchio made in 1981 and it was Raul Julia. :tong:

It was Much Ado About Nothing - and yes, it was brilliant!


YOU ROCK!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH.

*Sigh* I have "Much Ado About Nothing" on tape and STILL couldn't remember it. :welcomeboard:

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 07:21 AM

YOU ROCK!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH.

Thank you! I do try. :welcomeboard:

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 01:35 PM

I clicked on the link for "Kiss Me, Petruccio" and then went on the hunt for a copy of it.
Apparently, it only resides in libraries.

*Heavy Sigh*

#38 Michelle

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 05:28 PM

I've been sent this book to review. Once I'm done, would anyone like it sent on? To me it's very 'text book', and not that interesting.. but someone here might enjoy it here.
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 06:08 PM

To me it's very 'text book', and not that interesting..

lol...with that hurrah, you might have to use it for Lewis' litter box:tong:..jk of course.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 03:45 PM

I really love Shakespeare, and in order of like to dislike, I have studied:

-Othello (just brilliant)

-Macbeth (quite good)

-Romeo and Juliet (everyone at school thought this was brilliant so I 'rebelled' in my own way by saying it was alright)

-Hamlet (we had a rubbish teacher so it was awful! If I read it alone or studied it with a different teacher, I probably would have enjoyed it!)




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