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Your favourite Shakespeare play?


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Hamlet.

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Ham, McRib and King Beer

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"Much Ado About Nothing".

Beatrice and Benedict are wonderful characters, and I've seen stage versions that made me laugh until my abs hurt. There was also a totally charming film version made in the 1990s, with Emma Thompson and Kenneth Brannaugh.

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I love Much Ado - although studying it for my A-Levels I was perhaps overexposed to it, having to pretty much read and interpret it inside out!

I was disappointed by the Branagh film, which suffered for me from some severe miscasting (Denzel Washington and Richard Briers the exceptions) but i have also seen some brilliant stage productions of this play. It’s hilarious in the right hands.

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I like the Joss Whedon version. It simple and perhaps plain but all the better for it. I find the Branagh version is too fussy and too fond of long colourful twirling shots.

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I haven''t seen the Whedon film but have heard good things... I should take a look at it. I do find that Shakespeare's comedies are hard to get right on screen - one really needs to focus on the wordplay, easier to do in the theatre or, obviously, when reading the play) than when distracted by camerawork and flashy sets etc.

I completely agree with your assessment of Branagh's film.

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Apparently Whedon's 'stock troop' would regularly get together and read Shakespeare just for the joy of it. I think that comes through in the film itself.
There was a plan to do more of these small films but it didn't happen - which I've always thought was a real pity.

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Favorite play: MacBeth
Favorite character: Iago

I love a good villain.

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The Tempest. Something about the setting and characters - especially Caliban and Ariel - has always beguiled me.

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He is self quarantined at home.

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Romeo and Juliet (the DiCaprio version)

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Hamlet

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Hamlet.

My favorite version of Hamlet is Gilligan's Island Hamlet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKMOClN9ITg



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