The Shakespeare Marvel | Fit for a Fool

By October 7, 2016 No Comments

Have you ever thought about a real housewives and Shakespeare plays mash up? By real housewives I don’t mean ones who actually do the dishes, look after the kids and whatever ‘real housewives’ are expected to do, but I’m talking about the kind of (un)real housewives you can watch on TV. Orange County, New Jersey, you name it, there’s probably a show you can watch it on. Imagine that kind of show but with Shakespeare’s housewives. That’s what this is all about. ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears the tiara’ or ‘All the world’s a stage and I’m a playa. Holla!’ pretty much sums it up. Can you think of any they haven’t got on the list, or better the ones they have? Send in your suggestions and I’ll include them in our next foolery column! Either tweet me @srawaters, or comment on this column.

Do you like to watch or read your Shakespeare all in one go, or do you prefer it in instalments? Especially with the history plays it has become increasingly common (Hollow Crown and others..) to see them performed as cycles. Either Henriad 1 and Henriad 2 or variations on a theme. It’s rarer for Henry VIII and King John to get a look in. In this piece, Garry Wills discusses the advantages of cycling, or not, and the cuts cycles necessitate. This is all written in the light of Civil Strife which is a big day-long cycle of Henry VI parts 2 and 3 (yep, not 1) and Richard III.

Is Shakespeare your favourite author? If so then you’ve got something in common with Margaret Atwood. Yes, really. Here she talks about why Shakespeare nabs the top spot, the best bits of adapting Shakespeare, and Hag-Seed, her new version of The Tempest published as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.

"Deadpool #21" first lookMarvel, Deadpool, and Shakespeare – perhaps not likely bedfellows. At least until now! This month, that’s October, Deadpool and Shakespeare are meeting in print, perhaps for the first time in Deadpool #21. For a preview of what’s in store click here. The writer responsible for this is of course the man behind Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Ian Doescher. Here you can see a few of the variants and whet your appetite ready for the comic’s release on October 26th.

It wouldn’t be a foolery column without a Shakespeare quiz, so see how you fare on this one. It’s the ‘ultimate’ Shakespeare quiz.. Make sure you come prepared with Klingon as well as Shakespeare knowledge..!

Finally have you heard about the Shakespeare cards which are being sold for charity? These are postcards signed and designed by famous authors which will be sold at auction for the National Literacy Charity. There’s a particularly funny piggy offering from Emma Thompson and even a card which features the Gruffalo holding a skull, Hamlet style. You can check them all out here and watch the bidding war.

That’s all for this week folks, but 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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