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Klingon Shakespeare | Fit for a Fool

By February 1, 2016 No Comments

Sometimes Shakespeare is conspicuous by his absence in the news, yet this year it seems unlikely a week will go by without a reference, programme, or new story featuring Will. I blame his death anniversary, personally. 400 years is being marked all over the world, and so Shakespeare is popping up all over the place–often in unlikely contexts. This is, of course, the kind of Shakespeare Fit For a Fool loves, so 2016 should be jam-packed with Shakespeare foolery. I hope you’re excited!

First up, Shakespeare and snapchat: yes, you read that right. Okay, it’s silly, but it’s on Buzzfeed, so it must be true, right?! The question is, can you identify the play in the Shakespeare themed photo? Comment below with your answers.

Ever thought about naming your kid after a dinosaur (no, Dippy is just cruel…)? Or how about something a little more Shakespearean? This article suggests Arden is a possible option. Any takers? Then again, there’s always Ophelia, or even the poetic name made famous by Star Wars, obviously. That’s Poe, of course.

Because it wouldn’t be a foolery column without a Shakespeare quiz: how about this one? It’s a new year and anniversary-themed quiz featuring Juliet’s birthday, The Darling Buds of May, and a couple of history plays.

And because you enjoy quizzes so much, how about this one? It’s the ultimate Shakespeare quiz. I hope you’ve brushed up in preparation since it features all kinds of questions including which Shakespeare plays have been translated into Klingon. Yes, really!

Over in the UK, the Prime Minister decided to use Shakespeare titles to make fun of the opposition. I’ll leave you to make of it what you Will (sorry).

Also in the UK, the BBC announced its Shakespeare billing for this year. It’s a schedule jam-packed with Horrible Histories (remember Bill?), emojis, and Benedict Cumberbatch among many others.

That’s all for now folks. Until next time, keep foolin’ around, Shakespeare style!

Author Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters is a PhD student at Oxford Brookes University, England where she is currently researching female melancholia in the early modern period (as presented in Shakespearean and early modern drama and proto-medical treatises) and contemporary female depression. She is interested in all things Shakespeare related, particularly contemporary Shakespeare adaptation and appropriation.

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