I have a confession. I have never read Shakespeare- not properly. I don’t think a quick flick of a couple of chapters of A Midsummer’s Night Dream and a handful of notes from teacher count. Luckily, he didn’t come up in my English exam so I passed but I have always felt ashamed of my lack of knowledge in his work. How can an avid reader, an aspiring writer not be educated in one of the most famous playwrights ever? I consoled myself that many say he is boring and difficult to understand; maybe I had a lucky escape but maybe I am missing out.
This summer in York they are constructing The Globe theatre for a pop-up event. I have booked tickets for my daughter and I to see Macbeth. All I know is it has witches in it which is a handy as I love witch-related stories. I am nervous, worried I will sit there completely bamboozled by the whole experience, unable to grasp what is going on. Therefore, I am jumping in and reading it first – gulp. Wish me luck!
Are you a fan of Shakespeare? If so, which one and any tips on reading his work would be gratefully received.
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Okay I’m going for say it. I love stories – adore reading – but I wouldn’t choose to read Shakespeare (whispers – I’m not a huge fan of reading Shakespeare). I utterly respect and recognise his contribution to literature, language and life. I do love his stories – the plots, characters, comedy and of course tragedy – well those I know. I can’t say I’ve poured over all (or that many of) his works! His work (the actual writing) is of its time and can be incredibly dense and challenging. Although like poetry – it is often very rewarding to give it your time and thought and find meaning, I still don’t think I’ll be reading anymore for now. I much prefer to see it – the languages of theatre help with the meaning and life of the stories within. Even then – there is so much I want to read and see and do I think I’m done with Shakespeare (gasp – sorry 😁)
Hope you enjoy it!
How did you escape Shakespeare at school? We did one a year in the lower school – Hamlet, Julius Caesar and A Midsummer Night’s Dream if memory serves, followed by Romeo and Juliet for GCSE. If only I was a couple of years younger, I could have used the Baz Luhrmann film for revision. My personal favourites are A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing, which I discovered by watching the Kenneth Branagh film, although if I am completely honest I only watched that because of a school girl crush on the chap playing Claudio. I have never read Macbeth, but I have always wanted to watch something at The Globe in London. I am sure you will have an amazing experience, even if you don’t follow every word of the play. xx
Blame a drunk English teacher who would fall asleep in class, endless supply of substitute ones who all assumed we had covered it all ready. There was a flurry of panic a couple of weeks before exam trying to fit it in which added up to random notes and a couple of scenes rabdomly read. Luckily big chunks of it didn’t come into exam. English Lit was a separate subject and it clashed with science so I chose science.