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Shakespeare Lives

Its 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the worlds greatest bard. Does he need an introduction? No. Too celebrate his literary legacy I have picked some of my favourite Shakespeare moments.

1967 film Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

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It was the first screen adaptation of Shakespeare I watched other then those inflicted on me at school. My English teacher taught me to understand Shakespeare but Elizabeth and Richard let me appreciate his genius.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare

My first introduction to Shakespeare. It was long, it was tedious and I couldn’t understand a word. Morning break couldn’t come soon enough. I’m listening to an audio version of Macbeth again for the first time and I realise it wasn’t the plays fault. It was my tedious English teacher and her long explanations.

Theatrical dress worn by Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth

I love this dress and hopefully will see it one day. It was designed by Alice Comyns-Carr and made in crochet by Ada Nettleship using a soft green wool and blue tinsel yarn from Bohemia to create an effect similar to chain mail. It was embroidered with gold and decorated with 1,000 iridescent wings from the green jewel beetle, Sternocera aequisignata. The dress was restored in a two-year project that began in 2009 when £50,000 had been raised to pay for the work. In 2011, after 1,300 hours of conservation work and a cost of £110,000, it was placed on display in Ellen Terry’s home, Smallhythe Place, near Tenterden in Kent.

Ten Things I Hate about You 1999 film

Modern adaptation of Taming of the Shrew with Heath Ledger and Julia Styles. Favourite part; when Heath Ledger sings ‘you’re just too good to be true’, Daryl Mitchell quoting/rapping a Shakespeare sonnet.

Baz Lurhmann’s Romeo + Juliet 1996 film

Brilliant modern version brings Shakespeare up to date. Guns replace swords, the violence surrounding the doomed lovers is ever present and it has an epic music score. Favourite song is ‘I’m kissing you’ by Des’ree.

Shakespeare’s Animated Tales

These short animations are definitely not Disney. Beautiful compiled, artfully created, these bite size chunks of Shakespeare’s best plays use cel animation, paint on glass and stop motion puppet animation. Sometimes funny, sometimes brutal, sometimes gory, but always Shakespeare. 

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