Here’s Hoping They Whiz Right Through the Jingoism of Coriolanus

The Royal Shakespeare Company will perform every known piece of writing by Shakespare. Within one year.

That’s damn ambitious and damn cool.

Here are some more details:

  • 18 British theatre companies are involved.
  • Sir Ian McKellen will play King Lear.
  • Dame Judi Dench will be in a musical adaptation of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
  • Patrick Stewart to be in The Tempest.


  1. But the Reduced Shakespeare Company does that every night 😉

    Just kidding, that is very cool news. Just hope I get the chance to see one of them.

  2. When I was in high school, when Sam Wanamaker was still alive and he was just getting funding for the new Globe, we held a Shakespeare Read-a-thon to help raise funds. We did all of Shakespeare’s work over a weekend. Of course, our group had developed a bit of a reputation for flamboyant reads. (Hmmm…wonder why?) You can probably guess that I was the one to play Richard III. We had a small crowd come in, along with a shy, long-haired, sexually ambiguous guy with an acoustic guitar who played along to our “performance” in an asbestos-ridden classroom and kept batting his eyelashes at me and following me around after our performance was up. (I told him I was flattered, but not interested.)

    Related to this, I also staged a scene in my senior drama class with me as Richard III and this really cute metal goth chick as Anne. I fucking loved that play, which was never taught in any of my classes, but which I read and “acted” over and over in my bedroom.

  3. And I will devote the rest of my life to acting out the infinite typings of infinite monkeys — but I guess that’s what I was doing anyways.

    And, Ed, I still have the guitar.

  4. I want to go!

    When I was nine months pregnant with my daughter, I hosted a reading of winter-themed poetry at the library and read the “Discontent” speech from Richard III, telling everyone that, unlike Richard, I was wearing my hump on the front.

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