I am definitely not a Shakespeare scholar. I don't know everything there is to know and I never will, but I do know that I enjoy a good production of his work in a way that some modern plays don't touch me.
James McAvoy as Macbeth is Bloody Brilliant also on this blog. Wait for J and I'll tell you just how much I love James McAvoy, with lots of pictures :).
David Tennent as Hamlet was superb; saw that on his first performance back after he hurt his back. I also really enjoyed the TV version. Probably a sign that I enjoyed the murder, ghosts and intrigue again, right? ;)
I have seen a couple of productions I haven't liked, however. I saw a version of Much Ado at a local event that was yawn worthy and I have to say I was not impressed with The Tempest when I saw it in Stratford even though it had Patrick Stewart in it. I found it totally dull, which, given there are shipwrecks, magic and mayhem in it, should not have been so.
Then there was the version of Macbeth with Sean Bean. Sean was superb, but the director should have been shot! I actually missed the murder of Banquo along with significant parts of the rest of the play.
Shakespeare has it all: humour, drama, murder, magic, witches, ghosts, tension, love, romance, madness ... I could go on. A good production can make you laugh, cry and jump, sometimes all at the same time. Don't be afraid of the language; just enjoy it.
So lovely visitors, what is your favourite Shakespeare play?
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