All You Need To Know About Much Ado About Nothing

Tomorrow the RSC is live-broadcasting their production of Much Ado About Nothing! (They're calling it Love's Labour's Won and are presenting it as a sequel to Love's Labour's Lost, but it's still definitely Much Ado About Nothing.) To celebrate, here's a guide to all you need to know about the play! 

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All You Need To Know About Love's Labour's Lost

2015 is shaping up to be the year of Love's Labour's Lost. First we have the Royal Shakespeare Company's current production, which is due to be live-streamed to cinemas around the world tomorrow.  Then, later this year, I'll be off to see a production at the Stratford Festival in Canada. Finally, this summer there are plans to film a version of Love's Labour's Lost set in a boarding school. (To help support this project, check out their Indiegogo campaign.)

With all that Love's Labour's Lost floating around, I thought it was a good time to put together a handy-dandy one-page guide!

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All You Need To Know About The Two Gentlemen Of Verona

Today the Royal Shakespeare company is live-broadcasting its current production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona! Not familiar with the play? No worries! I've got you covered. 

The comedies always seem so much more complicated than the tragedies, don't they?

If you've seen Shakespeare in Love, you know more about The Two Gentlemen of Verona than you think you do. The bit in the beginning with Queen Elizabeth laughing at the dog on stage? That's Crab, from Two Gents. The "What light is light if Silvia be not seen?" speech that Viola gives at her audition? That's one of Valentine's speeches, from Two Gents. Comedy, love, and a bit with a dog. 

Check here to see when/where the RSC's Two Gents broadcast will be playing near you! 

(Also, my apologies for not posting anything yesterday. I was busy lying on the couch, recovering from a rock-climbing road trip. It turns out it's very hard to get anything done while lying on the couch.)

All You Need To Know About Henry IV, part 2

Tomorrow the RSC is live-broadcasting their current production of Henry IV, part 2, starring Antony Sher as Falstaff and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal! I just saw their production of Henry IV, part 1 at my local cinema this past weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it. To help get everyone caught up for part 2, here is a handy-dandy guide to the play:

Forgot what happens in part 1? Check out my guide here!

Stop by tomorrow for the last of my Shakespeare World Cup team rundowns!

 

All You Need To Know About Henry IV, part 1

It's a great time to be a long-distance Shakespeare fan, what with the National Theatre and now the Royal Shakespeare Company broadcasting performances to theatres around the world. This week the RSC is broadcasting their current production of Henry IV, part 1, starring Antony Sher as Falstaff and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal. To celebrate, here is a quick guide to (almost) all you need to know to appreciate the play!

That's... actually a really small death total for a history play. That practically makes this a comedy.

Check out my other Henry IV related strips here!

All You Need To Know About King Lear

Today the National Theatre is live-broadcasting their current production of King Lear, starring Simon Russel Beale, to cinemas all over the world. For any of my readers who haven't seen or read King Lear yet, I have attempted to summarize all the important parts here without spoiling anything. 

Remember to check out my on-going King Lear scene-by-scene summaries here