Shakespeare Saturday: The merry wives of Windsor

I will find you twenty lascivious turtles ere one chaste man Sandwiched between the two parts of Henry IV is a fairly pointless comedy featuring Sir John Falstaff, in a different but nonetheless recognisable guise of lecherous old knight fancying himself a bit of ladies’ man. Falstaff has arrived in Windsor, where he’s making himself … More Shakespeare Saturday: The merry wives of Windsor

Shakespeare Saturday: King Henry IV, Part 1

Were’t not for laughing, I should pity him Henry Bolingbroke, who seized the throne from Richard II and unwittingly got him assassinated, is not enjoying himself. He suffers from guilty conscience because of Richard’s death, and unrest in the Scottish and Welsh borders is preventing him from going on the crusade he has promised. Closer … More Shakespeare Saturday: King Henry IV, Part 1

Shakespeare Saturday: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Lord, what fools these mortals be! Midsummer Night’s Dream is a strange beast of a play. While many Shakespeare plays have a secondary plot concerning a secondary set of characters, Midsummer Night’s Dream doesn’t really have a main story line or a main character – there are four pairs of lovers, and four plots that … More Shakespeare Saturday: Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare Saturday: Romeo and Juliet

Here is Shakespeare. Juliet’s balcony is as instantly recognisable as Shakespearean as is Hamlet’s skull and dagger. It’s the greatest love story ever told – two feuding families, two young people determined to be together no matter what, an unhappy ending. Unlike Shakespeare in Love would have you believe, Shakespeare didn’t actually invent this tale. … More Shakespeare Saturday: Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare Saturday: Love’s labour’s lost

These are barren tasks, too hard to keep, not to see ladies, study, fast, not sleep! Love’s Labour’s Lost is a romantic comedy that could probably be described as bittersweet – it is about love, but while it doesn’t end in tragedy, it doesn’t have a traditionally happy romcom ending either. And it isn’t particularly … More Shakespeare Saturday: Love’s labour’s lost