The holidays are upon us! Celebrate by substituting the words to your favorite carols with these decidedly more Shakespearean verses:
Don't let anyone tell you that Shakespeare's language is inaccessible.
I have never dressed up as a chicken, but if I ever do, I know what Shakespeare lines I'm going to be quoting.
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We're on the downward slope of the Three Panel Plays! Only sixteen left to go!
Falstaff and the buck basket made a cameo apperance in last year's Christmas cartoon. Because grown men hiding in baskets never ceases to be amusing.
Tune in again on Monday for another pair of comedies: A Midsummer's Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing! Apart from Macbeth, all of the "M" plays are comedies. Well, if you think Measure for Measure is funny, that is...
See all Three Panel Plays here!
Happy and/or Merry Christmas and/or Happy Secular Holidays to all of you! Remember, if there's one thing that The Merry Wives of Windsor can teach you, it's that you can make chicken noises and validly claim that you're quoting Shakespeare:
FORD: Buck, buck, buck!
The Merry Wives of Windsor (Act 3, Scene 3)
Obviously, as all female roles were played by men in Elizabethan times, there were technically a lot more cross-dressers in Shakespeare, but these are the ones that cross-dressed in the context of a play. Viola and Rosalind are the really plum roles, but one of my personal favorites is Innogen from Cymbeline. She is really put through the metaphorical wringer. Special mention to Julia, who exclaims "O ME UNHAPPY!" and then faints dramatically, which, if you're going to faint, is the way to do it.