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Patrick Stewart does Shakespeare…on Sesame Street?

Apparently, this has been around for awhile (the video is from¬†2008), but I just recently discovered it. It’s been awhile since I’ve had any kids in the Sesame Street demographic in the house.

It’s a fun take on Hamlet’s soliloquy. Enjoy!

Sesame Street: Patrick Stewart Soliloquy on B

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And now…Action Bill! [Shakespeare Week]

actionbillShakespeare’s 450th birthday is this week, so I’m sharing some of my favorite Shakespeare-related things.

This video seemed to pop up everywhere last week. When I finally watched it, I knew I had to share it this week. It seems perfect for a Friday, so here it is.

Action Bill – A LEGO Stop Motion Short Film

I think this explains why Picard is one of my top two captains, and Kirk is much further down the list. ūüôā

Before I go, I just have to say I LOVE¬†Shakespeare’s Writer’s Block (I may need to take a screenshot to use as¬†my desktop wallpaper).

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Hope you enjoyed the posts this week! I had fun putting them together.

My favorite Shakespeare-related works [Shakespeare Week]

Shakespeare in LoveShakespeare’s 450th birthday is this week, so I’m sharing some of my favorite Shakespeare-related things.

On Tuesday, I shared my favorite film versions of Shakespeare’s plays. Today, I’m sharing my favorite works inspired by Shakespeare. Most are [versions] of the plays, some are simply inspired by the plays or Shakespeare’s life.

1. 10 Things I Hate About You – This is one of my favorite versions of The Taming of the Shrew. I think it’s the first movie I saw Heath Ledger in. It’s one of those movies I pull out when I’m down because it always makes me feel better.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) – Trailer

2. She’s The Man – I love this version of Twelfth Night. Amanda Bynes‘ character tries to pass as her brother so she can play soccer, and hilarity ensues.

She’s The Man – Trailer

3. Atomic Shakespeare – This episode of Moonlighting was my first experience of Shakespeare that I remember. I don’t think it was my absolute first experience, because I recall having an idea¬†who Shakespeare was when the episode aired, but I’m pretty sure it was the first sort of performance I saw. It may have been the gateway drug to my current obsession. Just an aside: Does the Moonlighting theme make you go all gooey the way it does me? Ahem…anyway, I was lucky enough to find¬†the whole episode:

Moonlighting 3×07 Atomic Shakespeare

4.¬†ShakespeaRe-Told: The Taming of the Shrew – I can’t include all the ShakespeaRe-Told¬†series because I wasn’t able to¬†see all of them. Of those I did see, this was my absolute favorite. Many men look absolutely ridiculous in drag, but a handful look damn sexy. Rufus Sewell is one of them. The rest of the cast is perfect as well – Shirley Henderson (from Harry Potter), Jaime Murray¬†(from Warehouse 13), and Twiggy! I couldn’t find a proper trailer, but this fan video does a pretty good job of highlighting the best parts. (Can I have that velvet coat, pretty please?)

Taming of the Shrew – Sweet Escape

5. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead – Unfortunately, this is a movie I often recommend to people who then come back and say “I don’t get it.” It is a bit surreal, but that’s part of what I love about it. This was another introduction to actors I still love today: Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. Again, I couldn’t find an official trailer, so a fan-made one will have to do.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Trailer

6. Shakespeare In Love – Also by Tom Stoppard, who wrote Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, this one is an imagining of a part of Shakespeare’s life. I love all the little easter eggs in the story. This is another one I watch when I’m down.

Shakespeare in Love Official Trailer #1

Are there any I’ve missed that you would recommend? I know I still have several “updates” of Shakespeare in my Netflix queue which I haven’t seen yet. Those (or your suggestions) might make it into next year’s list.

The most adorable Shakespeare lesson ever [Shakespeare Week]

Shakespeare’s 450th birthday is this week, so I’m sharing some of my favorite Shakespeare-related things.

Today is Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, so I’m sharing what might just be my favorite Shakespeare-related video of all time.

If you’ve been to my house, I’ve probably made you watch this video of Brian Cox teaching Hamlet’s soliloquy from Act III, Scene 1 to a toddler.¬†I just love it and I could watch it forever. Enjoy!

Brian Cox Masterclass with Theo – YouTube

 

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

My 5(ish) favorite film versions of Shakespeare’s plays [Shakespeare Week]

¬†Shakespeare’s 450th birthday is this week, so I’m sharing some of my favorite Shakespeare-related things.

Today I’d like to share several of my favorite filmed versions of the plays (later I’ll share my favorites inspired by the plays). I’m counting these as five, even though technically I’ve included eight movies (see #3). These are not necessarily ranked in order.¬†These made the list because they are my¬†“go to” films, and to say one is better than the others would have been next to impossible.

1. Much Ado About Nothing (Directed by Kenneth Branagh)

I’ve loved this version since it came out. I’ve been a fan of Emma Thompson for years and I love her as Beatrice. This was the first film I ever saw Kate Beckinsale in.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993) Trailer – YouTube

2. Much Ado About Nothing (Directed by Joss Whedon)

It’s directed by Joss Whedon, what more do I need to say? Okay, it’s full of Wedonverse alums as well. I don’t think I need to say any more than that.

Much Ado About Nothing Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Joss Whedon Movie HD – YouTube

3. The Hollow Crown: Richard II, Henry IV Part I, Henry IV Part II and Henry V

I’m counting these four as one since I can’t really pick a favorite from among them.¬†I hadn’t seen any performance of three of these before the BBC made this series. I had only seen Branagh’s Henry V. These are gorgeous productions, and have great casts (Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, and Michelle Dockery among others).

The Hollow Crown, Trailer | Great Performances | PBS – YouTube

4. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

If you watch this one for no other reason (though there are plenty), watch it for Kevin Kline’s portrayal of Bottom.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 1999 Trailer YouTube – YouTube

5. Twelfth Night

This is one of my favorite plays, and this film continues to stand as my favorite version.

Trailer: Twelfth Night or what you will – YouTube

What are your favorites? Do you prefer Hamlet, whether Branagh’s version or Mel Gibson’s? Perhaps Olivier’s various Shakespearean films?¬†Let me know in the comments.

Lauren Cooper recites Shakespeare for The Doctor [Shakespeare Week]

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Shakespeare’s 450th birthday is this week, so I’m sharing some of my favorite Shakespeare-related things.

This is a video I’ve shared before on social media and my old blog, but I love it so I’m sharing it again here. Fans of Doctor Who, The Catherine Tate Show and Shakespeare can all find something to grin at¬†in this one. It just gets better every time I see it.

Lauren Cooper and Doctor Who clash in class

If you want more goofiness from David Tennant and Catherine Tate, check out their appearance on The Graham Norton Show to promote them doing Much Ado About Nothing onstage in 2011. It’s worth watching the entire episode (I love Graham Norton) but I’ve queued the link to the part with them talking about the play.