Shakespeare Saturday: Antony and Cleopatra

All strange and terrible events are welcome, but comforts we despise. Antony and Cleopatra is another Roman play, a hard-to-pin-down, almost true history of the later years of the doomed affair between the Roman general Mark Antony, and Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of Egypt. The historical events it is based on lead directly to the … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare Saturday: Timon of Athens

Timon of Athens is a tragicomic story of a wealthy, gregarious Athenian, who is a terrible judge of character. He loses all his earthly possessions through misplaced generosity, and consequently becomes a misanthropic, histrionic recluse. It is considered another problem play, with a particularly unsatisfying denouement and slightly unfinished feel to it - it has … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Timon of Athens

Shakespeare Saturday: Romeo and Juliet

Here is Shakespeare. Juliet's balcony is as instantly recognisable as Shakespearean as is Hamlet's skull and dagger. It's the greatest love story ever told - two feuding families, two young people determined to be together no matter what, an unhappy ending. Unlike Shakespeare in Love would have you believe, Shakespeare didn't actually invent this tale. … Continue reading Shakespeare Saturday: Romeo and Juliet