Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday October 22 2012

A quiet Almanac this week but an interesting combination of sightings

From Gregory Doran's Shakespeare Almanac:
  • On October 20, 1596, Shakespeare applied to the Garter King of Arms for permission for his father to bear a coat of arms. This was before most of his plays were written.

Shakespeare sightings:
  • In my work with my list “Books Read in Sweden” I found in 2008 the novel Set Me Free by Miranda Beverly-Whittmore. I didn’t remember the title but I had noted that it was about a boarding school for Indian kids and they were putting on a Shakespeare play.  Unfortunately the book seems hard to get a hold of now.
  • In Dagens Nyheter there was an ad for a production (for children) of Macbeth at Livrustkammaren (The Royal Armory) and the next day in Svenska Dagbladet there was  a notice about it.
  • In the movie The Lion in Winter old King Henry II (father of the future King John who got his own play by Shakespeare) mentions the legend of an old king called Lear.
  • In Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear one of the horses was named Hamlet. Hmph. Is that disrespectful?
  • In DN’s listing of the evening’s movies The Dark Knight i.e. Batman is described as “an angst-ridden Hamlet figure”.
  • In the movie Black and White a teacher asks the students to discuss identity and uses Iago as an example of one who doesn’t have an identity. He quotes “I am not what I am”.
  • In Murakami’s Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World the nameless character notes, “As Shakespeare said, die this year and you don’t have to die the next.”

Further, since the last report:
·         Continued reading aloud with Hal: As You Like It.
·         Shakespeare Calling follower Harold Berglund’s art exhibit continues.  Have you spotted the Shakespeare connection?

·         “Oh Kenneth Where Art Thou?” in Ruby’s Reflections.
·         This Monday Report

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