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Bill is set to hit cinema’s in just over a week’s time – for those not familiar with Bill, it’s a Horrible Histories Shakespeare film. Horrible Histories are books, and now a TV show, that deliver history, aimed at kids (but still great for those a little older), with all the gory bits and funny tales left in. The movie focuses on the ‘lost years’ of Shakespeare and with its release on the 17th of September its one to watch. For kids and adults alike. This trailer should give you a flavour.

Perhaps unearthing the ultimate geek in me, I was particularly excited at this Shakespeare take on the up-coming Star Wars release. That’s right you heard Shakespeare and Star Wars in the same sentence. Ready for The Force Awakens there’s a new Shakespeare Star Wars Sonnet generator and by answering 4 simple questions (including the controversial which trilogy is your favourite question), you can generate your own Shakespeare sonnet with an intergalactic twang. Go on, R2 wants you to. And for a flavour here’s mine for you.

This week’s quiz tests your knowledge of Shakespeare’s influences. See if you can top the class!

Have you ever been on a literary pilgrimage? Or dreamt about visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, or maybe you’ve no idea what I’m talking about. Why not have a look at this article which talks all about literary pilgrimages, and, of course, Shakespeare features.

Johnny Depp and Shakespeare. Is this the sentence we’ve all been waiting for? Ok no, Depp isn’t set for any Shakespeare acting, but the movie Equals has Shakespearean dimensions. Or so this article claims. Romeo and Juliet is the suggested influence with a healthy does of sci-fi of course.

Despite its future setting, the film’s tale of forbidden young love is as old as time and it shares plot points with Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Le me know what you think once you’ve seen Equals. It this just a reviewer trying to give this movie the ‘Shakespeare factor’ or are there real Romeo and Juliet dimensions there?

That’s it for now foolery lovers, so 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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