Quote of the Week: 24 July 2017

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Alison Weir, The Princes In The Tower (London: The Folio Society, 1992)

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This week’s quotation is attributed to Elizabeth Wydville, widow of Edward IV.  She was, at this stage, in sanctuary with her youngest son, and determined to preserve their lives – and hers – by keeping the two boys separated.

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PTS 03/017: Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes …

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Is it me, or would Bowie have made a terrific Richard?

Henry VI part III, Act III

RICHARD: ‘I can add colours to the chameleon,

Change shapes with Proteus for advantages’  (III.ii.191-192)

I’ll come back to Bowie’s song when I finally hit Richard III in August, because when I revisited the lyrics, I couldn’t avoid staring thoughtfully for a while.  I will remind Richard that:

‘And every time I thought I’d got it made,

It seemed the taste was not so sweet.’

Like Bolinbroke in RII, like Macbeth – like almost everyone in Shakespeare, let’s face it – the anticipation, the chase, is far better than the conquest, when it comes to the crown.

In the meantime, nothing seems to stay the same in Act III …

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PTS00/001: I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips …

… Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot (Henry V)

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So.  As we enter February 2017, and the beginning of the ‘Ponytail Shakespeare’ project, I feel the need to quote Stephen King:

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Recommended Shakespeare Films

Two words: Hollow Crown!

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Theatre can be expensive, I have great experience with that. And some of the best professional theatre takes place in London. Not everyone lives in London, or can easily get there, for some quality Shakespeare is inaccessible.

But film is a lot more accessible. The cinema is much cheaper than live theatre, and dvds even more so. That is why I have put together a list of Shakespeare films that I would recommend watching.

Now there are hundreds of film adaptions of Shakespeare. This isn’t really a Top 10 list or anything, they are not really in any rated order. These are just all films I love, or think are good for people wanting more Shakespeare films.

This is a list of films that I have seen at the time of writing this article. I will not include any film I have yet to watch, though I may come back…

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