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Verdi’s Falstaff

This week I am watching Verdi’s Falstaff, the Riccardo Muti production. The plot covers The Merry Wives of Windsor with some speeches from Henry IV.

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Romeo and Juliet

Next I read Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The Arden version is great, with serious notes. It actually includes the full scanned text of the original folio. What I liked at first is that the play starts as a comedy. It’s full of jokes from the fighting Capulets and Montagues. Everyone knows the Queen Mab speech from Mercutio. But his speech about …

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Twelfth Night

This week I am reading Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It’s one of the later comedies. The tone is very light and comfortable. There is very little danger. By the second act the audience knows how the plot will be resolved when Sebastian appears. There is a melancholy streak in the clown Feste and his songs. The aristocrat leads, Orsino and Olivia are …

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Richard III

Richard III – BBC – 1983 Richard III – Ian McKellen – 1995 Richard III – Laurence Olivier – 1955

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Reading the Works of William Shakespeare

Reading in the following order: The Tempest Hamlet (4/2014) Merchant of Venice Macbeth (5/2014) King Lear (5/2014) Julius Caesar (5/2014) Anthony and Cleopatra (6/2014) Richard II (6/2014) Henry IV Part I (7/2014) Henry IV Part II Henry V Merry Wives of Windsor Henry VI Part I Henry VI Part II Henry VI Part III Richard III Henry VIII King John …

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Titus Andronicus – Shakespeare

This week I am reading The Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare. It’s not the most respected play but it has glimpses of ideas that really payoff in the future plays: revenge in Hamlet, the villain in Merchant of Venice, Richard III and Othello, the unreasonable old man in King Lear. The play itself is in the Elizabethan revenge …

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