History SoYouWantTo / BeTheNextWilliamShakespeare

12th Mar '15 9:32:15 PM MisterDrBob2
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* ''Series/SlingsAndArrows'' centers around the goings-on of a troubled Shakespeare festival, and is a very good (not to mention hilarious) watch for anyone with more than a passing interest in the Bard, complete with amazing play and character analyses.
29th Nov '14 9:02:03 PM Prfnoff
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* Franco Zeffirelli's ''Romeo and Juliet'' is set in Italy, with period-appropriate costumes and swords, the full text, and age-appropriate leads with so much chemistry between them you can see the hormones going off. A must-see.

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* Franco Zeffirelli's Creator/FrancoZeffirelli's ''Romeo and Juliet'' is set in Italy, with period-appropriate costumes and swords, the full text, and age-appropriate leads with so much chemistry between them you can see the hormones going off. A must-see.
4th Aug '14 12:21:37 AM JulianLapostat
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* OrsonWelles did other Shakespeare: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOhq0AyRNjY Chimes at Midnight]]'' is considered by himself to be the best of his work, trumping ''Film/CitizenKane''.

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* OrsonWelles did other Shakespeare: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOhq0AyRNjY Chimes at Midnight]]'' ''Film/ChimesAtMidnight'' is considered by himself to be the best of his work, trumping ''Film/CitizenKane''.
24th Dec '13 3:56:50 PM goddessborn
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* And then there's StephenSondheim's ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', which set ''RomeoAndJuliet'' in the backdrop of New York's West Side in the 50s, with the two feuding families being two rival gangs.

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* And then there's Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Robbins, Arthur Laurents and StephenSondheim's ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', which set ''RomeoAndJuliet'' in the backdrop of New York's West Side in the 50s, with the two feuding families being two rival gangs.
31st Jan '13 12:49:27 PM vifetoile
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And they'll work most splendidly. What ho!


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And they'll work most splendidly. What ho!

splendidly.

26th Sep '12 12:34:07 PM nombretomado
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** ''TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''

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** ''TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''
14th Aug '12 2:22:33 PM FELH2
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So you want to be the Next WilliamShakespeare. Well good on you, i' sooth, but what do you ''need'' to win such a title for yourself?

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So you want to be the Next WilliamShakespeare.Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Well good on you, i' sooth, but what do you ''need'' to win such a title for yourself?



For instance, ''[[ExitPursuedByABear Exit, pursued by a bear,]]'' \\

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For instance, ''[[ExitPursuedByABear Exit, pursued by a bear,]]'' ''ExitPursuedByABear,'' \\
19th Jul '12 9:54:12 PM nombretomado
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* And then there's StephenSondheim's ''WestSideStory'', which set ''RomeoAndJuliet'' in the backdrop of New York's West Side in the 50s, with the two feuding families being two rival gangs.

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* And then there's StephenSondheim's ''WestSideStory'', ''Theatre/WestSideStory'', which set ''RomeoAndJuliet'' in the backdrop of New York's West Side in the 50s, with the two feuding families being two rival gangs.
23rd Jun '12 11:29:21 AM FELH2
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So you want to be the Next WilliamShakespeare. Well good on you, i' sooth, but what do you ''need'' to win such a title for yourself?

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So you want to be the Next WilliamShakespeare. Well good on you, i' sooth, but what do you ''need'' to win such a title for yourself?
yourself?



To be really considered "The Next William Shakespeare," your work needs to have a real brilliance behind it. A relevance and awareness of the human condition that allows him to be adapted into all languages, all countries, and all times. This is more than just being good, this is the kind of resilience that lets a high school turn [[AdaptationDecay The Scottish Play into a musical adaptation with Motown hit tunes]] ("''Stop!'' In the name of fate...") and that same audience can take [[VillainousBreakdown Lady Macbeth's insanity]] just as intensely and seriously to heart while watching Orson Welles' film.

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To be really considered "The Next William Shakespeare," your work needs to have a real brilliance behind it. A relevance and awareness of the human condition that allows him to be adapted into all languages, all countries, and all times. This is more than just being good, this is the kind of resilience that lets a high school turn [[AdaptationDecay The Scottish Play into a musical adaptation with Motown hit tunes]] ("''Stop!'' In the name of fate...") and that same audience can take [[VillainousBreakdown Lady Macbeth's insanity]] just as intensely and seriously to heart while watching Orson Welles' film.
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Source material! Are you re-adapting a tale from Greek myth? Maybe taking the characters of Greek myth and having them watch a lampooning parody of ''another'' Greek myth? I know, I know, write about that Danish prince who pretended to be mad and overthrew his uncle! (But this time make it a tragedy.) Got a Tudor on the throne? Let's write a play glorifying ''Henry VIII'' (who cares if it sets the theater on fire.) Okay, now we have a Stuart, do we? Let's see, let's see -- Ooh! A play about the Stuart's great ancestor! Score you major points with the royals.

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Source material! Are you re-adapting a tale from Greek myth? Maybe taking the characters of Greek myth and having them watch a lampooning parody of ''another'' Greek myth? I know, I know, write about that Danish prince who pretended to be mad and overthrew his uncle! (But this time make it a tragedy.) Got a Tudor on the throne? Let's write a play glorifying ''Henry VIII'' (who cares if it sets the theater on fire.) Okay, now we have a Stuart, do we? Let's see, let's see -- Ooh! A play about the Stuart's great ancestor! Score you major points with the royals.
royals.



--> (As 't were in scorn of eyes) reflecting gems.

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--> (As 't were in scorn of eyes) reflecting gems.
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But on the whole, Shakespeare's tragedies ''do'' tend to contain a story arc where what is wrong in the world is set right, rather than the other way around. ''Hamlet'' opens with "something rotten" in the state of Denmark; by the end, Hamlet has removed the infecting king from the throne and paved the way for the decisive and military [[spoiler:Fortinbras]] (what? [[ItWasHisSled A spoiler's a spoiler.]]) Shakespeare's most famous plays, although they end with [[EverybodysDeadDave everybody and the palace cat dead on the stage]], still suggest that for the survivors, things might be a little brighter.

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But on the whole, Shakespeare's tragedies ''do'' tend to contain a story arc where what is wrong in the world is set right, rather than the other way around. ''Hamlet'' opens with "something rotten" in the state of Denmark; by the end, Hamlet has removed the infecting king from the throne and paved the way for the decisive and military [[spoiler:Fortinbras]] (what? [[ItWasHisSled A spoiler's a spoiler.]]) Shakespeare's most famous plays, although they end with [[EverybodysDeadDave everybody and the palace cat dead on the stage]], still suggest that for the survivors, things might be a little brighter.
brighter.



Put the motifs into your most quotable lines to make them really stand out: "If music be the food of love, play on." "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?" "That you have but slumbered here, while these visions did appear..." These themes are rooted in both the subject matter and setting of the play (''Twelfth Night,'' set by the sea, uses sea-imagery generously) and also in the characters' relationships with each other - Claudius is corrupting the state of Denmark, both by merit of how he took the throne and by his indulgent habits, letting the proud Danes go to seed. Juliet has become the light of Romeo's life in the fifteen minutes since he first saw her. Puck... well, ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' is pretty much the ultimate [[MST3KMantra "don't think about, have fun, relax" kind of play.]]

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Put the motifs into your most quotable lines to make them really stand out: "If music be the food of love, play on." "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." "But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?" "That you have but slumbered here, while these visions did appear..." These themes are rooted in both the subject matter and setting of the play (''Twelfth Night,'' set by the sea, uses sea-imagery generously) and also in the characters' relationships with each other - Claudius is corrupting the state of Denmark, both by merit of how he took the throne and by his indulgent habits, letting the proud Danes go to seed. Juliet has become the light of Romeo's life in the fifteen minutes since he first saw her. Puck... well, ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' is pretty much the ultimate [[MST3KMantra "don't think about, have fun, relax" kind of play.]]
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!!'''Set Designer / Location Scout'''

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!!'''Set Designer / Location Scout'''
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[[TwelfthNight If yellow stockings, lad pursues a suit]]\\

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[[TwelfthNight [[Theatre/TwelfthNight If yellow stockings, lad pursues a suit]]\\



* For an adaptation of Shakespeare InSPACE (and [[TheMusical its subsequent musical]]), see Film/ForbiddenPlanet.

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* For an adaptation of Shakespeare InSPACE (and [[TheMusical its subsequent musical]]), see Film/ForbiddenPlanet.



** ''TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': ''Theatre/{{The Taming of the Shrew}}''

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** ''TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': ''Theatre/{{The Taming of the Shrew}}''''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''



* Ya can't go wrong with Kurosawa. ''Film/{{Ran}}'' is ''KingLear'' with samurai betrayals set in [[PrettyPrincessCastle Himeji-jo]]. ''Film/ThroneOfBlood'', meanwhile, is his take on ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.

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* Ya can't go wrong with Kurosawa. ''Film/{{Ran}}'' is ''KingLear'' ''Theatre/KingLear'' with samurai betrayals set in [[PrettyPrincessCastle Himeji-jo]]. ''Film/ThroneOfBlood'', meanwhile, is his take on ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.
1st Jun '12 7:38:26 PM Antwan
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* For an adaptation of Shakespeare InSPACE (and [[TheMusical its subsequent musical]]), see ForbiddenPlanet.

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* For an adaptation of Shakespeare InSPACE (and [[TheMusical its subsequent musical]]), see ForbiddenPlanet.Film/ForbiddenPlanet.



** ''ShesTheMan'': ''TwelfthNight''
** ''TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': ''{{The Taming of the Shrew}}''
** ''O'': ''{{Othello}}''
** ''Film/GetOverIt'': ''AMidsummerNightsDream''

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** ''ShesTheMan'': ''TwelfthNight''
''Theatre/TwelfthNight''
** ''TenThingsIHateAboutYou'': ''{{The ''Theatre/{{The Taming of the Shrew}}''
** ''O'': ''{{Othello}}''
''Theatre/{{Othello}}''
** ''Film/GetOverIt'': ''AMidsummerNightsDream''''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''



* Ya can't go wrong with Kurosawa. ''{{Ran}}'' is ''KingLear'' with samurai betrayals set in [[PrettyPrincessCastle Himeji-jo]]. ''Film/ThroneOfBlood'', meanwhile, is his take on ''{{Macbeth}}''.

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* Ya can't go wrong with Kurosawa. ''{{Ran}}'' ''Film/{{Ran}}'' is ''KingLear'' with samurai betrayals set in [[PrettyPrincessCastle Himeji-jo]]. ''Film/ThroneOfBlood'', meanwhile, is his take on ''{{Macbeth}}''.''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''.



* Also, don't overlook ''Scotland, PA'', in which ''Macbeth'' is reset as a conflict centered around a hamburger joint in 1970s Pennsylvania.
* Nor the recent Australian film version of ''Macbeth'' which turned everyone into members of modern Australian drug gangs -- without changing ''too'' much of the of the original Shakespeare.

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* Also, don't overlook ''Scotland, PA'', in which ''Macbeth'' ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' is reset as a conflict centered around a hamburger joint in 1970s Pennsylvania.
* Nor the recent Australian film version of ''Macbeth'' ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' which turned everyone into members of modern Australian drug gangs -- without changing ''too'' much of the of the original Shakespeare.



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