Shakespeare in a Year

Mental Adventure

We wrapped up our 2019 InnerDrive Golf season by visiting London.  The Globe Theater is a must if visiting London, and we were fortunate enough to get tickets to see As You Like It.  (Thank you, Jill!)
During my senior year at Atlantic City High School, Mr. Linblad, our AP English Teacher, spurred an interest in Shakespeare in me.  I have seen dozens of plays over the years, but decided to try to watch them all in one year.   There are 38 plays (give or take a few).  Shakespeare isn't difficult, nor is Shakespeare highbrow or boring.  In the right hands, his plays come alive and tell the human story with all the beauty, pain, humor and angst that we all feel on some level throughout our lives. Well, maybe not to King Lear levels, thank goodness.  He was a master of conveying what never changes but ties us to one another generation after generation.  

For whatever reason, tracking our progress gives us a feeling of accomplishment.  Golf handicaps, 10K times, 401K statements, etc. Here I will track my Shakespeare in a Year Mental Adventure. I'm open to recommendations, so feel free to send some my way.

 

As You Like It   Friday, September 6, 2019   The Globe Theater, London, England.  Signed for hearing impaired. 

Coriolanus   Friday, September 13, 2019   Ralph Fiennes   Some people just have the fighting gene in them.  Some are nurtured to think being a soldier is the highest honor.  Be careful not to raise a skinhead.  

The Comedy of Errors  Friday, October 4, 2019   BBC production with Michael Kitchen, Roger Daltry   A joy to watch Roger play the twins. Slapstick comedy and tons of word play.  

The Tempest  Saturday, October 12 2019   Synetic Theater, Arlington, VA  This was one of the best live performances I have ever seen anywhere, anytime.  Incredible staging, acting, and the splash zone seating will be something I'll never forget!  If this production is ever held anywhere again, I will attend and I hope you will, too. 

Romeo and Juliet  Saturday, October 19  Julian Fellowes wrote this version and the sets were lovely.  (Rented from BCPL)

Two Gentlemen of Verona  Friday, October 25, 2019  Tyler Butterworth, John Hudson   Trying to see if I can locate a live version of the 1971 Broadway production.  Amazon Broadway.

Macbeth  Thursday, October 31  Halloween. Terrific storm wreaking havoc outside. If ever there was a night to watch Macbeth, this was it.  BBC production directed by Jack Gold, starring Nichol Williamson and Jane Lapotaire.  The weird sisters and dark storms of the mind combined with the atmosphere surrounding my house made this a memorable viewing.  Sleep did not come easy. 

The King  Friday, November 1. An adaptation of Shakespeare's plays Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 and Henry V.  This is not one of the official Shakespeare plays for my journey but I did have it on my watch list. Highly recommend for anyone who wants a good introduction to Shakespeare or struggles with the language of the plays.  We all need a Falstaff in our lives--someone we can go to the gutter with but who speaks truth to us when truth is needed. 

Julius Caesar, Friday, November 8. Full length production made in 1979.  2 hrs 40 minutes....I fell asleep.  

 

Work Written Published
The Comedy of Errors 1589-1594 1623
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 1589-1593 1623
King John 1590-1595 1623
Henry VI, Part 1 1590-1592 1623
Henry VI, Part 2 1591 1594
Henry VI, Part 3 1592 1595
Venus and Adonis 1593 1593
Richard III 1593 1597
The Taming of the Shrew 1593-1594 1623
Titus Andronicus 1593-1594 1594
The Rape of Lucrece 1594 1594
Romeo and Juliet 1594 1597
Love's Labours Lost 1594 1598
The Sonnets 1594 1609
Richard II 1595 1597
A Midsummer Night's Dream 1595 1600
The Merchant of Venice 1596 1600
Henry IV, Part 1 1596 1598
Henry IV, Part 2 1597 1600
The Merry Wives of Windsor 1597 1602
Much Ado About Nothing 1598 1600
As You Like It 1599 1623
Julius Caesar 1599 1623
Henry V 1599 1600
Hamlet 1600 1603
Troilus and Cressida 1600-1603 1609
Twelfth Night 1601 1623
All's Well That Ends Well 1601-1602 1623
Othello 1602-1603 1622
Measure for Measure 1603 1623
Timon of Athens 1604-1606 1623
King Lear 1605 1608
Macbeth 1606 1623
Pericles 1606-1607 1609
Antony and Cleopatra 1607-1608 1623
Coriolanus 1608 1623
Cymbeline 1609 1623
The Winter's Tale 1609 1623
The Tempest 1610 1623
The Two Noble Kinsmen 1611 1634
Cardenio 1612 -
Henry VIII 1613 1623