Above, Shakespeare's signature from his will.
Today—23 April—marks the traditional anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death. To celebrate, consider reading a sonnet, going to the theatre, listening to some madrigal music, hurling an eloquent Elizabethan insult—“He is an overweening rogue!”-- or watching a Shakespeare-related film.
A few favorites:
• “The Merchant of Venice” (starring Al Pacino)
• “Much Ado About Nothing” (starring Kenneth Branagh)
• “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (with an all-star cast including Calista Flockhart, Rupert Everett, Kevin Kline, Michelle Pfeiffer and Stanley Tucci)
• “Romeo & Juliet” (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the star-crossed lovers) (or the 1968 version directed by Franco Zeffirelli)
•Hamlet (directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh)
•Othello (starring Lawrence Fishburne & Kenneth Branagh)
•Macbeth (directed by Roman Polanski)
Not a Shakespeare play, but a play on Shakespeare’s life:
• “Shakespeare in Love” (with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes)
Fare thee well!
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