Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, February 13 2012

Another between-play week but we've read analyses of King John and we watched the BBC production so it's been a good Shakespeare week. With several unusual sightings so here they are:

  • Shakespeare sightings:
    • In the DN extra theater section for the coming spring season we see that Hamlet is going to be played in Norrk√∂ping in April. That might just be worth a train trip! A Midsummer Night's Dream is going to played too but out in the sticks outside of Gothenburg so we'll have to give that one a miss unless special travel arrangements were to be made.
    • Having watched the film classic “Shrek” we also watched the extra material in which Shrek gave an interview. He said, “Was it Shakespeare or was it Kermit who said, 'It's tough being green'?” Gee, I don't know, do you??
    • Rereading the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan, countless references to Shakespeare emerged, not noticed the first time (having read it six years ago before the Great Shakespeare Period started). Most interesting: main character Robbie played Malvolio when he was a kid.
    • Tomas di Leva, perpetual New Age flower child, has – we were informed by the second play-off program of the Swedish Melody Festival – played Hamlet. The mind boggles.
    • Steven Pinker in his book Words and Rules quotes Shakespeare on page 2: “What's in a name? A rose by any other name...” That's not even going to be a contest. It would be too easy.
    • In DN today, some actor whose name escapes me, was quoted as saying that acting one does together, but singing is done alone, like playing Hamlet. Hmm, the comparison is a bit shaky if you ask me but OK, it's a sighting.

Further, this week:
  • Read aloud with Hal: Several analyses of The Life and Death of King John.
  • Watched: the BBC production of The Life and Death of King John.
  • Finished reading: A Companion to Shakespeare's Works – The Tragedies.

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