What follows involves one of the staples of Shakespeare’s problem plays – the so-called ‘bed trick’ – but, as the title suggests, everything is destined to work out for the best in the end. This is quite an early Shakespeare comedy, and involves the king of Navarre and three male companions agreeing to take an oath to swear off the company of women for three years. dialog, but it’s nice to know Shakespeare was one of the forefathers of Recommended edition: “The Comedy of Errors” (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series). Reblogged this on One reader A thousand lives. discussion could have achieved in an hour. Interesting Fact: This is the shortest of all of Shakespeare’s plays. Perhaps because I read it, rather than seeing it performed so it went by a bit quicker. pantheon of underrated Shakespearean characters who are overshadowed by sword-wielding, This play features a generous man who gives away his money to hangers-on, and ends up becoming a misanthrope, exiling himself from Athenian society to go and live in a cave. is named after rejected Essie nail colors, but on top of that, they must cater I might need to read it again, though. This is one of the Bard’s least-performed plays, although it was popular with the Victorians because of its pageantry and medieval pomp. If you enjoyed these Shakespeare posts, you might also enjoy our pick of the best books written about Shakespeare and our interesting facts about Shakespeare’s Macbeth. She was merely a pawn in the play, but on HBO’s Rome, she is re-incarnated into an That was always one of my favorites. And I agree about the underrated Timon…. case of Prince Fortinbras, it’s a bit more forgivable. You might like my audio books of Conrad’s work. Eliot on that count. That’s great, thanks Steve! Then he suddenly opened the book and began reading. She was surprisingly well-adjusted for someone who took "Aroint thee, witch, aroint thee." It does indeed look as though Coriolanus’ status as an underrated play is not likely to continue for much longer :). David Bevington’s Troilus and Cressida is in a class of its own compared to all others I’ve seen. Just because they’re popular doesn’t mean that people get all the wonderful complexities, ironies and humor in them. It’s certainly a potential ‘problem’ play (is it a comedy, or a romance, much like The Tempest which you mention? The actual line in King John reads, ‘To gild refined gold, to paint the lily’; over time, this has been abridged to ‘gild the lily’, hence the phrase. It’s bad enough that this group of indistinct fairies Underrated Shakespeare Plays King John. advice from toothless soothsayers and had oddly prophetic dreams. Excellent list! I saw the Loughborough Students’ Union Shakespeare Society perform Titus a couple of years ago, in which they reversed all of the gender roles and so Lavinia becomes a man who is raped by two women. King John. Interesting Fact: Although the title character’s name is pronounced with the final two syllables pronounced as ‘anus’ (leading to many jokes), in classical Latin the name would have been pronounced to rhyme with ‘bananas’, with an ‘a:’ rather than ‘ei’ sound on the penultimate syllable. Hangman (HANGMAN.) 2. Read full Antony Monologue ….more monologues from Antony and Cleopatra Both such interesting subject choices for a man approaching the end of his career, especially if read in concert with The Tempest. I’ve also seen Troilus and Cressida twice, both times at Stratford. Hope you read more of Shakespeare Brian. Pingback: Five Fascinating Facts about Shakespeare | Interesting Literature. This was another early comedy – thought to have been written by Shakespeare in around 1594 – and so lacks the sophistication of the later comedies (though not in terms of its convoluted and contrived plot structure!). I agree, LLL is a bit of a mixed bag for me. Interesting Fact: Vladimir Nabokov borrowed the title of his classic novel Pale Fire from this play (and fittingly, since this was an act of borrowing, and Nabokov’s novel is about literary theft, the precise lines he pilfered from were ‘the moon’s an arrant thief, / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun…’). “Henry VI Part Two” has a tremendous theatrical vigour. Cinema has even taken a fancy to Hamlet, with movies like Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Lion King taking inspiration.. Great stuff! 1. But it’s interesting to see on “AOK”‘s cast list such up-and-coming actors as Sean Connery, Judy Dench, and Julian Glover…. Haha! But I still consider myself lucky to be able to pursue Hamlet as a thesis topic. It is fascinating to see his ambition expand through this series of plays. I work as a dramaturg with a very smart, sometimes edgy, theater company in Minneapolis called Frank Theatre, and some of us have been lobbying the artistic director to do a production of CORIOLANUS. The Comedy of Errors. We'll be seeing you next Thursday. Interesting Fact: This play has the largest cast of all of Shakespeare’s plays, with over fifty named parts and several smaller roles. I remember seeing it at the Globe a few years ago and being blown away by it. I’ve heard of most of them and I’m going to see Coriolanus in London next February. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented: smother anyone with a pillow. Troilus and Cressida. It has also been described as one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. corpses. All’s Well is another favorite, as are King John and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Then, one day, one of my professors from Oxford was sitting in his classroom as we came in. Thanks, Sheila! Servant to More (SERVANT.) William Shakespeare's Hamlet has been a staple for theatre for centuries, and it's often considered the Bard's magnum opus thanks to the dialogue, compelling characters and tragic ending. Your comment about the dog in the play put me in mind of Shakespeare in Love – I think that scene in the film reflects how the play has been overshadowed by the dog for the last 400 years! But I don’t know those one. William Shakespeare probably made more of an impact on English literature, drama, and language than any other writer in history. Then again, hoighty-toighty Malvolio, who is practically 1. Then I saw it performed a couple of years ago, and it was great fun on stage if you didn’t take it seriously. Its standout scenes undoubtedly involve the rebels, led by Jack Cade, marching on London (echoing real-life events in the capital in 1450 where the conflict centred on London Bridge). As his actor-trained voice boomed across our small room, I suddenly realized that Shakespeare really wasn’t meant to be read like a book. King John, I think, was a collaboration, not entirely written by Shakespeare? Hopefully the brilliant Ralph Fiennes film will have rekindled interest in the play. I feel as though a revival is in order! Much appreciated, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. The main problem with them seems to be that nobody likes them, at least relatively speaking, hence their presence on this list. 7. Recommended edition: “Cymbeline” (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series). Everyone will have his or her own favorite Shakespeare that one would like to re-watch, re-read and revisit time and again. No need for flashy sets or a large supporting cast: play it roughly as it might have been played on the stage in Shakespeare’s time, with plenty of drama, a bit of action where necessary, but also lots of close-up emotive detail. The ability to turn a mistake into the subject for interesting intellectual discussion is indeed a gift. What else could he do but save the day? It found it to be a quite strange and unique play that does not seem to fit precisely into any one genre. And thanks – I had no idea about Tom Hiddleston being in Coriolanus this winter, that’s fantastic – one to look out for. We all have our favorite plays from our famous poet William Shakespeare, but here are some of the best underrated Shakespeare plays of all time which you will quite enjoy. Hi thanks for this…anything that draws attention to the values in Shakespeare is worthwhile. melodramatic heroes and heroines. Even Richard II, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra can be said to be well-known William Shakespeare plays. It’s perhaps still a bit too much for us. Another fact about “Comedy of Errors”; it is an adaptation of “The Menechmus Twins” by the Roman playwright Plautus. Wow, sounds like one of those once-in-a-blue-moon classes that just blows you away. Tom McElroy-Wild Survival Recommended for you Two Gents is a delight, with many themes that Shakespeare would develop in later plays, though it doesn’t have the same punch as Much Ado or As You Like It. (A Midsummer Night's Dream). represents us, the reader: an overly judgmental observer who is so unable to I notice that you have images of the Arden volumes in your post; would that be your recommended version? Recommended edition: King John (Arden Shakespeare). As I read through your list, I’m sure I must have seen some of those, but it’s been so long I don’t remember. Superb! Much appreciated. The works continue to inspire Hollywood, like Baz Luhrmann’s glamourous 1996 adaptation Romeo+Juliet, … Love Coriolanus, liked Timon of Athens. in a Shakespearean comedy where most of those jokes just happen to be Well, I guess that just proves that both plays aren’t performed enough, as if they were, i would never have confused them. As for underrated plays, I thought you would put Measure for Measure in the list? The second part of the Bard’s trilogy of plays about Henry the Sixth – part of his larger tetralogy of plays about the latter stages of the Wars of the Roses (the culmination of which was Richard III) – is the most accomplished of the trilogy. I am very familiar with Shakespeare but mostly just his tragedies and histories. There’s just something about the girl getting what she wants by being clever and dutiful and determined which is a great adolescent fantasy. If you enjoyed Henry VI Part 2, then I’d recommend going to King John next – not the most celebrated of the Shakespeare histories, but I think a good performance of it – the Rossiter one is on Youtube in its entirety I think – gets all the pomp and pageantry across nicely. I always love to hear Shakespeare scholars’ opinion on this: Do you think Henry VI Part II was written before Part I or after? And thanks for your comment, as ever, Angela! It is pretty amazing to me that the only one of these plays you have read is perhaps the most problematic of all Shakespeare and to me it is wonderful that you penetrated so deeply into it. Years ago I went to England with a group of writing teachers. Don’t worry, it’s actually thrown out an interesting parallel between the two plays in how the king and his advisers/nobles in both plays clash and end up in direct conflict – and interesting connections are the bread and butter of Interesting Literature! am very fond of reading Shakespeare have read bunch of his plays and stories. Congratulations to good ol’ Calpy for not joining Othello’s Clown doesn’t exactly break this trend, but in a play so creatures whose idea of a joke is usually an indecipherable play on words that Seven of the Best Underrated Shakespeare Plays Eliza | 18 - 11 - 2020. But, speaking of The Hollow Crown makes me think of Tom Hiddleston… I’m very excited about the production of Coriolanus that he’s in this winter. desperate for a woman, is an easy target to the wide cast of jokers. I agree with the other blogger’s comment about Titus Andronicus. least he got a love interest, but he gets no such luck in the play. Despite the use of Shakespearian language it was very easy for the modern person to follow the plot line … I can’t recommend it highly enough. I memorized them all when I was studying for Jeopardy. A neat idea–but it may have left the audience almost as confused as the characters…. Coriolanus. The leader returns home to Rome but ends up being condemned as a traitor (for railing against the common people) and exiled from the city. I’m glad I did, or I wouldn’t have become familiar with “Timon of Athens,” which is one of my favorite Shakespeare’s plays. The Underrated: Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) I picture this one as a My First Shakespeare kind of movie since it’s a fun, wildly entertaining version of the classic tale that you can watch with children. http://foodpeopleloveandstuff.wordpress.com/. Thanks a lot for following my blog. Hamlet acts as a cautionary tale for Shakespeare’s audiences, as Prince Hamlet’s irrationality pushes … He was a playwright. :). We promise to never, ever spam you or give away your email address. However, it is still possible to mount good productions: the first production of any play I ever saw in Stratford was a production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost” back in ’78, directed by John Barton and featuring Michael Hordern, Jane Lapotaire, Michael Pennington, and the late, lamented Richard Griffith. The ‘hilarious’ Petruccio-Katherine taming of the shrew subplot was sad exposé of Shakespeare creating two of his most charmless characters, and the work’s bizarre, early framing device has no reflective purpose on the main body of the play at all. But rather than having “blue” himself, he muddles through early modern English. I like Shakespeares plays Apparently not. Raise your hand if you’ve ever actually LOL-ed (It had previously been told by Chaucer in his poem Troilus and Criseyde.) I know Jo March, Lucy Pevansie, and Anne of Green Gables and had an impact on who I was and who I am. All’s Well That Ends Well. Reblogged this on Mark Whelan's Literary Blog. It was just about the more perfect and magical evening I have spent in a theatre. Getting the more well-known scenes out of the way, this is one of the greatest examples of a female having a breakdown in Shakespeare’s work. to marry her out of loyalty, thus making her the Lavinia Swire to He was merely trying to grab attention. On a different subject, I once saw a performance of Comedy of Errors with real identical twins playing the Antipholuses. Pingback: Confronting the Bard: Shakespeare Rap by Suzanna Lawrence | King Solomon English Blog. That is interesting – I think where I teach it’s quite well known because it’s one of the set texts on a core module in British Drama, so it’s always good to hear what it’s like elsewhere. He is believed by most academics to have written his very first play, Henry VI, Part One in this year. While there are many beautiful, well … Meanwhile, the note about Troilus and Cressida doesn’t seem quite right to me, The First Folio printed the play between the tragedies and histories according to David Bevington’s Arden edition you have pictured (I have a digital edition of the Folio from Project Gutenberg that doesn’t have it at all). I need to CLOSELY read more of Shakespeare plays. There’s another good reason to read it: even if it doesn’t turn out to be among your favourite plays of the Bard, at least it won’t take long to find out…. Coriolanus is one of my favorite things ever written by anyone ever. I find it amazing how much effort he put into the writing and crafting of text itself. The Age of Kings BBC series was published as a (presumably abridged) paperback – it was my first introduction to Shakespeare and I loved it. The last one changed my mind about the play; I had been corrupted by prejudice which was of course my own fault. It’s a little clunky in spots (what do you expect on a 1950s BBC budget?) You’ve definitely inspired me to read some of the plays in the list. Jack Cade ( 2 Henry VI) – He’s an unlikely claimant to the throne, but his populist rhetoric has the power to start a... 2. while reading a Shakespearean comedy. 12 Genre:Tragedy First line:This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me: 1. Being the butt of every joke is tough, especially Shakespeare is again believed to have written Henry VI, Part Two and Henry VI, Part III. (What happens after that, we won’t say, as we don’t want to offer too many spoilers.) QUIZ: Which Underrated Literary Heartthrob Is Your Soulmate? This article is an index of characters appearing in the plays of William Shakespeare whose names begin with the letters A to K. Characters with names beginning with the letters L to Z may be found here.. Comedy of Errors I had to read in college and thought it was painful in its punning and slapstick. “Tumblr” and this shit just got too Also perhaps because I was a teenager when I read it, and I also read Clamorous Voices alongside it. She also gets ), Pingback: Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays | lauraleighlinker. Interestingly, Henry VI part 2 was written before parts 1 & 3. I am looking forward to watching Fienne’s film, and bringing up to date my readings of Shakes. It’s always somewhat of a cop out when a brand new Fair point with regard to The Winter’s Tale, though I find that outside of academic circles, few know it well (or, in the case of my students, few have even heard of it!). It is unusual among Shakespeare’s plays in that it has no obvious prior sources in historical chronicles or earlier plays or poems. Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays | My BlogThe Philosopher's blog. Crofts (CROFTS.) business in Norway and all of a sudden had to take over a castle filled with Ah, really? Shakespeare broadened the characters in the stories he found but rarely invented any. Some were tough to sit through. Interesting Fact: This is the play which contains the nonce-word Honorificabilitudinitatibus, which translates as ‘the state of being able to achieve honours’. Shakespeare monologues are a requirement for many undergrad, grad school, and theater company auditions around the globe. How embarrassing! It’s not popular because it is (deliberately) plotless, and because it’s full of wordplay that is virtually impossible to follow without notes (and then, the immediacy is gone). An odd mix of comedy, tragedy, romance, and ephemera, but it worked for me. Ben Whishaw was great – I missed the Michael Jackson overtones to his performance (the monkey, the voice) picked up on by some of the reviewers, but for me his rendering of the role worked! T. S. Eliot, in his 1919 essay ‘Hamlet and His Problems’, considered Coriolanus a greater achievement than Hamlet (which he considered a failure). However, within Shakespeare's classic plays, there are many other wonderful quotes that aren't voiced nearly as often as I think they deserve. Many of his characters are stock characters or similar to them. Best of all? Shakespeare Day is celebrated every April 23 to recognize the birth and death of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. (Romeo and Juliet) or, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" The best Ardens I have read (not necessarily on this list) are Harold Jenkins’ Hamlet, Kenneth Muir’s Macbeth, and King Lear,,Frank Kermode’s The Tempest, and Jonathan Bate’s Titus Andronicus. Thanks for this, Donald – as a fan of Conrad I find this fact (of which I had no idea) highly interesting and will make a note of it! It is very interesting to notice Shakespeare’s obsession with certain themes, phrases or ideas. 8. Will have to take the time to watch it soon. Interesting Fact: It was during a performance of this play that the Globe theatre burned down in 1613. I’ve never seen it performed, though I’ve heard good things from people who have, like your good self. That is one thought I recommend everyone read. But this post isn't about the Jos, the Lucys, or the Annes. The heights he has been reaching for in every play before 1599, he achieves fully in Hamlet. The only one of these plays that I have read is Troilus and Cressida, during a college course on the literary history of the Trojan War. Thanks, as always, Marie! Reblogged this on Stripped down and commented: Personally I’d have included Titus Andronicus (currently playing in a very good RSC production at the Swan Theatre) instead of Coriolanus, and Two Gentlemen of Verona instead of Comedy of Errors, which is done a great deal. Here are ten of the least-known plays by the Bard, with the reasons why people should read them (or reread them), along with an interesting fact about each. to Feste the Clown’s loud, bawdy Pauly Shore. Henry VIII. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Pingback: Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays | My BlogThe Philosopher's blog. (There was one a year or two ago by the RSC I think, but there should be a TV/film version :). I’m honored since there are so many blogs available. 37. (In fact, I watched all of their complete Shakespeare plays. It appears in this play and this play alone (this phenomenon is known as a hapax legomenon). I think by the time Shakespeare completed the series with “Richard III”, he knew what a great genius he was. Really interesting post, thank you! A cannon shot, used for special effects in the play, hit the thatched roof of the playhouse and it quickly burned to the ground. He after honour hunts. Cymbeline. Thanks a lot for your inspiration. He did nothing that day except read Shakespeare, the way a well-trained stage actor would read it. Like Cowboy Bebop, this show deserves the praise it gets, but unlike the former, this show is a bit underrated. I didn’t put Measure for Measure on the list since, despite my own fondness for it, I felt it wasn’t neglected enough, though now I reflect I suppose the plot isn’t that well known, and it is an oddity among Shakespeare’s plays in all sorts of ways (only one set in Vienna, another ‘problem play’, etc.). More than half way through. TIMON OF ATHENS. Shakespearean death. Giles (PORTER.) :) Marsha :). I can only echo you here: a great, glorious play, profound and beautifully written, and still so relevant, as you say. Interesting Fact: This play may have helped to popularise the verb ‘to pander’, as in ‘to pander to someone’s wishes’. The play is widely viewed as something of an experiment; many scholars believe the play to have been the work of two hands, namely Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. Funny Shakespeare never got around to writing Henry VII. incestuous, blackmailing lesbian rebel. Perhaps it’s because the plot is quite political…? The Hiddleston Coriolanus will definitely be one to look out for, and should be easy to get to see even if it does sell out, because NT Live are broadcasting to cinemas worldwide. come, come, come, come, give me your hand. Loved reading the post. Iago, the quintessence of evil, is a terrific part for the Shakespearean player, and the one with the most lines in this play – 31% to Othello’s 25%. ), though. If you’re a fan of hapless sidekicks, Tranio is Agreed, the Hollow Crown series was superb! It’s the quality of acting that matters – it’s what made last year’s BBC Hollow Crown adaptations such a joy, in the main. How did I miss that! Lady More (LADY MORE.) Hamlet Yes – this is a list of the most underrated plays by Shakespeare. The old BBC Shakespeare did a superb job of this one (Jane Howell directed this as part of a tetralogy which included the other two Henry VI plays, as well as the better known “Richard III”). Who knows. Cleo’s Mary Crawley. is the dry, put-upon Louis C.K. I have always had a soft spot for Cymbeline and its glorious heroine. I fear you’re right – its title is well known but in terms of content, character, and themes it’s not as well known as it should be! I had to think about the bananas/Coriolanus point, and then I saw the “a:” and realized it must be the UK pronunciation of “bananas,” not my US one with /æ/ in the second-to-last syllable. Thanks for the post! They wanted to see plays, so we must have gone to 20-25 of them in a three week period, many of them Shakespeare. Great post. This is unusual among Shakespeare’s plays, being one of the ‘problem plays’ – named partly because the central character must face some sort of social problem (in this case, Cunobelinus, the British king – or ‘Cymbeline’ – has to deal with the Romans who have occupied Britain) and partly because the play doesn’t fit comfortably into either genre, comedy or tragedy. That said, their Hamlet edition (Third Series, so not Jenkins’s I don’t think, though I’m not sure) deviates from the best-known version of the play quite a bit, since the editor has made some unusual choices when it’s come to conflating the Q2 text and the Folio version. One could say that all of Shakespeare’s plays are underperformed. Everyone knows Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Richard III (or knows of them at least). It tends to get overshadowed by Hamlet, Lear, etc. to the every wish of a half-man, half-donkey. Recommended edition: Coriolanus: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare) by Shakespeare, William 3rd (third) (2011) Paperback. Cheers for your comments Steve. If you like this list, be sure to check out our follow-up pick of Shakespeare’s ten best plays (complete with interesting trivia about them) our interesting facts about Shakespeare too. It’s their loss but it’s a tragedy in its own right. I don’t think people should feel guilty about neglecting some of Shakespeare’s plays. I could see a great modern adaptation of that play being created. Titus is a hard slog in many ways, with a lengthy opening scene probably written by a collaborator, and many horrors to endure if you want to enjoy the language. I’ll keep you informed of our progress. Great recommendations. I remember seeing it at Stratford decades ago with Charles Dance in the lead role (for the record, it was fantastic) and I’ve seen it since in Liverpool – but I suppose, on reflection, it’s not performed that often. Justice: served. When I was reading Shakespeare in college (English Lit. Thank you for such a great post! Interesting Fact: The girls’ name Imogen derives from this play – probably from a misprint. Thanks to Nicholas Hytner’s 2012 production at the National Theatre in London … Sign up for The Airdrop, our weekly newsletter full of book giveaways, interesting article round-ups and fun event notices! Love’s Labour’s Lost. Watch these 17 best Shakespeare movies now. engage in life that he runs off and joins a monastery. Not being “interesting literature” but keen on Shakespeare, Arden is my preferred edition but Oxford also does some good ones. Henry VI Part 2. The Henry the VIs were pretty good, thanks mostly to the actor the BBC chose to play the role. As you say, maybe producers/directors (and we academics, too – though I don’t teach much Shakespeare, alas) are to blame for assuming it’s *too* bleak for people to enjoy…. the better end of the mortality stick. Timon of Athens. ….. Solo Survival: How to Survive Alone in the Wilderness for 1 week --Eastern Woodlands - Duration: 34:07. Yes, I can imagine that that level of authenticity might be one step too far in terms of preventing audience comprehension… That ‘Age of Kings’ production sounds intriguing, so I’ll definitely be seeking that out, especially as the Henry VI trilogy is so rarely performed in its entirety (I think the RSC did the whole thing over one long afternoon two or three years ago, though I never went to see it, alas). Well noted, thanks :), Reblogged this on Rosemarie Cawkwell and commented: I know, it’s a shame Coriolanus isn’t better known! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! patriarchy/the crazies. I’d have to rhyme it with “upon us” or something. Arden has done a new Hamlet that I haven’t read that “replaces” the Jenkins edition. It’s believed to have been, along with The Two Noble Kinsmen, the result of collaboration between Shakespeare and fellow playwright John Fletcher. Superb! But most are pretty good. I’ve always had a soft spot for it, despite what T. S. Eliot thought. Claiming one’s love for Hamlet is so cliche. I’ve seen it three times – in Stratford in the 1980s, and twice in Scotland; each production was wildly different from the others. Shakespeare’s wit, playfulness, and linguistic skills are at their most honed. character shows up at the end of the story and fixes everything, but in the We all knew Shakespeare loved wordplay, but poor Dogberry is one malaprop away Would be interested to see what you think of it! And, of course, the dialogue borrows straight from Shakespeare … Thanks for the comment, as ever! When the Bard wants to hand you a metaphor, you know he Given the perennial popularity of the Tudors, as witnessed by the glut of television dramas and documentaries, it’s perhaps odd that this – the one Shakespeare play to deal with that dynasty – is among his least-known. 6. creative celebrity baby names. When it comes to the stage play, the name of the great William Shakespeare is the very first thing that pops up in our mind. It was quite a disappointing play. I think a lot of people need – and lack – that one hour to ‘convert’ them to Shakespeare, the rhythms, the emotive power of the language, and the characters. Thanks! :), Pingback: Tip Number 1 | Another Wannabe Actor Blog. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for new productions! Friends, Romans, Countrymen: Eleven Underappreciated Shakepearean Characters, "Friends, Romans, Countrymen: Eleven Underappreciated Shakepearean Characters", "Reject This Remake: Six Shakespearean Plays Due for a Reboot", "Building Hamlet: Behind the Scenes at Yale Rep (pt. Use it well! You’re becoming an IL regular – I’ll have to add your blog to our ‘Cafe’ section soon…. Still, he Let the Shakespeare onslaught begin! You have a lot of knowledge! You’ve done well to see Love’s Labour’s Lost performed, and to catch some good productions (especially involving the great Griffiths). It was one of his early plays, but represents a vast improvement on the first part of the cycle. For all you Shakespeare fans out there (and we are legion). But I think it’s a magnificent work. 6)", The Biggest Little-Known Influence on H. P. Lovecraft. Her … I didn’t know the play at all until recently, when the BBC did it as part of their ‘Hollow Crown’ series (alongside Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V), with Ben Whishaw as King John. 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