Another quiet week but a few things of interest have happened. First the regular:
From Gregory Doran's Shakespeare Almanac:
- On September 20, 1899, the first Shakespeare film was shown. It was in London, a four-minute scene from King John.
- On September 21, 1599, Thomas Platter saw Julius Caesar “in a house with a thatched roof”. He seemed most impressed with the dancing at the end. Dancing? At Julius Caesar?! They did that in those days.
- In the absolutely dreadful novel Lavender Morning by Jude Devereaux (why do I read junk like that??) one of the characters is so unexpectedly brilliant that she's compared to Shakespeare living in a village of morons.
- Mentioned in the bonus material to the DVD of the film Sparkle: Tom Hunsinger, one of the directors, worked previously under Trevor Nunn in the Royal Shakespeare Society.
- In the film Fahrenheit 451, one of the books being burned is Othello.
- In the comic (silly, actually) novel The Monarch of the Glen by Compton McKenzie (upon which the TV series was based) Macbeth and the three witches are used as a comparison upon the confrontation with an odd gang rescued in the dungeon.
Further, since the last report:
- Continued reading aloud with Hal: Julius Caesar.
- My text “Why Shakespeare?” was posted on Blogging Shakespeare http://bloggingshakespeare.com/why-shakespeare
- I think I have succeeded in creating a new folder for “Ruby's Reflections” and posting the above-mentioned “Why Shakespeare” in it.
- “Why Shakespeare?”
- This Monday Report