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All’s Well is another favorite, as are King John and Love’s Labour’s Lost. bleak, he’s a welcome addition as someone who doesn’t murder, betray, or Still, he it was a fantastic adaptation, with some interesting religious imagery, and made me wonder why the play isn’t more widely performed – especially since it has some fantastic (and well-known) speeches in it. If you haven’t already, you might look up “An Age of Kings,” the 1950s BBC adaptation of the history plays from King John to Richard III. And thanks for your comment, as ever, Angela! In the 1999 film version, at Arden has done a new Hamlet that I haven’t read that “replaces” the Jenkins edition. And do find time to watch Coriolanus … I would love to hear your thoughts on it. TIMON OF ATHENS. Shakespeare Day is celebrated every April 23 to recognize the birth and death of English poet and playwright William Shakespeare. beauty.” Thus, having your eyes gouged out by the Duke of Cornwall not only Somewhere along the line, the pre-existing name ‘Innogen’ (meaning ‘girl, maiden’) was misread as ‘Imogen’, with the ‘nn’ being confused for a letter ‘m’. Interesting Fact: This play has the largest cast of all of Shakespeare’s plays, with over fifty named parts and several smaller roles. I don’t think people should feel guilty about neglecting some of Shakespeare’s plays. Troilus and Cressida is a little dull for me; Chaucer’s version is one of my all-time favorite poems, but Shakespeare’s left me uninspired. character shows up at the end of the story and fixes everything, but in the He was merely trying to grab attention. Seven of the Best Underrated Shakespeare Plays Eliza | 18 - 11 - 2020. And, of course, the dialogue borrows straight from Shakespeare … Reblogged this on Mark Whelan's Literary Blog. The last one changed my mind about the play; I had been corrupted by prejudice which was of course my own fault. And thanks – I had no idea about Tom Hiddleston being in Coriolanus this winter, that’s fantastic – one to look out for. Great stuff! It’s always somewhat of a cop out when a brand new Iago, the quintessence of evil, is a terrific part for the Shakespearean player, and the one with the most lines in this play – 31% to Othello’s 25%. "Aroint thee, witch, aroint thee." “King Henry VIII”: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare), “Cymbeline” (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series), “King Henry VI”: Pt. I saw a production of The Winter’s Tale last year. It is pretty amazing to me that the only one of these plays you have read is perhaps the most problematic of all Shakespeare and to me it is wonderful that you penetrated so deeply into it. “Henry VI Part Two” has a tremendous theatrical vigour. There are some gems in there, I think! I’d be interested to know what you make of the other plays on the list if you get a chance to read/see them. I feel as though a revival is in order! You are right! Recommended edition: “Love’s Labours Lost” (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare). I have not read any of the above listed, I am limited to A Midsummer Night Dream, Othello and As You Like It. Recommended edition: “Cymbeline” (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series). I am very familiar with Shakespeare but mostly just his tragedies and histories. Thanks, Sheila! I wonder how many people were sent to Shakespeare’s play as a result of it…. That said, their Hamlet edition (Third Series, so not Jenkins’s I don’t think, though I’m not sure) deviates from the best-known version of the play quite a bit, since the editor has made some unusual choices when it’s come to conflating the Q2 text and the Folio version. Not being “interesting literature” but keen on Shakespeare, Arden is my preferred edition but Oxford also does some good ones. to a sidekick. Pingback: Confronting the Bard: Shakespeare Rap by Suzanna Lawrence | King Solomon English Blog. but it’s worth a look. It was one of his early plays, but represents a vast improvement on the first part of the cycle. 37. Dogberry was the sixteenth century Tobias Fünke. Perhaps it’s because the plot is quite political…? Its standout scenes undoubtedly involve the rebels, led by Jack Cade, marching on London (echoing real-life events in the capital in 1450 where the conflict centred on London Bridge). In Shakespeare’s source material for the play, a short Italian novella titled Un Capitano Moro, many of the characters that Shakespeare includes in his play are featured, but all except one are simply known by their rank or title. Some were tough to sit through. No need for flashy sets or a large supporting cast: play it roughly as it might have been played on the stage in Shakespeare’s time, with plenty of drama, a bit of action where necessary, but also lots of close-up emotive detail. Yup, Roger Daltry’s performance is as good as I remember it. The actual line in King John reads, ‘To gild refined gold, to paint the lily’; over time, this has been abridged to ‘gild the lily’, hence the phrase. And I agree about the underrated Timon…. The main problem with them seems to be that nobody likes them, at least relatively speaking, hence their presence on this list. Both such interesting subject choices for a man approaching the end of his career, especially if read in concert with The Tempest. It was filmed by Ralph Fiennes in 2011, with Fiennes playing the title role. She also gets But I think it’s a magnificent work. You’ve done well to see Love’s Labour’s Lost performed, and to catch some good productions (especially involving the great Griffiths). Part 2 was such a smash hit with Elizabethan audiences that Shakespeare wrote a sequel, and followed that up with a prequel. There’s another good reason to read it: even if it doesn’t turn out to be among your favourite plays of the Bard, at least it won’t take long to find out…. It’s meant to be seen and heard. major) I at first found some of the old language troublesome until I learned some of the slang. Really interesting post, thank you! Then I saw it performed a couple of years ago, and it was great fun on stage if you didn’t take it seriously. Nobody has known what to do with it: the first printing of it, as a Quarto edition in 1609, labelled it a ‘history’, while the First Folio (printed in 1623) put it with the tragedies. business in Norway and all of a sudden had to take over a castle filled with Years ago I went to England with a group of writing teachers. It is now widely regarded as a tragicomedy. That’s great, thanks Steve! Cinema has even taken a fancy to Hamlet, with movies like Ophelia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and The Lion King taking inspiration.. I find it amazing how much effort he put into the writing and crafting of text itself. Interesting Fact: This is the play which contains the nonce-word Honorificabilitudinitatibus, which translates as ‘the state of being able to achieve honours’. NOTE: Characters who exist outside Shakespeare are marked "(hist)" where they are historical, and "(myth)" where they are mythical.Where that annotation is a link (e.g. Having seen Two Gents recently, I’m not surprised that Shakespeare avoided bringing animals on stage in future plays – the dog stole the show, as dogs are wont to do. Bless you, IL! Interesting Fact: Vladimir Nabokov borrowed the title of his classic novel Pale Fire from this play (and fittingly, since this was an act of borrowing, and Nabokov’s novel is about literary theft, the precise lines he pilfered from were ‘the moon’s an arrant thief, / And her pale fire she snatches from the sun…’). As I read through your list, I’m sure I must have seen some of those, but it’s been so long I don’t remember. Recommended edition: “King Henry VIII”: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare). Pingback: Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays | Shakespearenne. As Bevington says, Troilus and Cressida is “an amazing play”. I’ve seen two productions of it, and both were entertaining nights of theater. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented: am very fond of reading Shakespeare have read bunch of his plays and stories. One could say that all of Shakespeare’s plays are underperformed. They wanted to see plays, so we must have gone to 20-25 of them in a three week period, many of them Shakespeare. How did I miss that! If you’re a fan of hapless sidekicks, Tranio is And thanks for the reblog, Mark, much appreciated :). It was just about the more perfect and magical evening I have spent in a theatre. It has also been described as one of Shakespeare’s problem plays. discussion could have achieved in an hour. He said nothing. If you enjoyed Henry VI Part 2, then I’d recommend going to King John next – not the most celebrated of the Shakespeare histories, but I think a good performance of it – the Rossiter one is on Youtube in its entirety I think – gets all the pomp and pageantry across nicely. I’m not a fan of the histories – but it’s nice to hear some other recommendations than the usual! It is very fat. When I was reading Shakespeare in college (English Lit. All’s Well That Ends Well. The old BBC Shakespeare did a superb job of this one (Jane Howell directed this as part of a tetralogy which included the other two Henry VI plays, as well as the better known “Richard III”). His characters are at their most human, his language is at its wittiest and most inventive. The story of Troilus and Cressida does not come from the ancients and has a medieval source; The meaning of the word “pander” I take from the play is “pimp”. The only one of these plays that I have read is Troilus and Cressida, during a college course on the literary history of the Trojan War. We promise to never, ever spam you or give away your email address. I just posted a comment on someone’s blog regretting that I am not doing master’s in History instead! “Tumblr” and this shit just got too Two Gents is a delight, with many themes that Shakespeare would develop in later plays, though it doesn’t have the same punch as Much Ado or As You Like It. I’ve never seen it performed, though I’ve heard good things from people who have, like your good self. I am very envious of you being able to do a master’s thesis on Hamlet; what a great topic! And Tom Hiddleston in the lead role probably won’t hurt its popularity either! Recommended edition: Troilus and Cressida (The Arden Shakespeare). is the dry, put-upon Louis C.K. The Comedy of Errors is all too frequently performed in the US – I would rather see more productions of the so-called problem plays, including Measure for Measure. How embarrassing! The Henry VI plays are underappreciated; they ought to be required reading for all aspiring politicians, to learn the dangers of extreme partisianship. Great post. Love Coriolanus, liked Timon of Athens. Yes, I can imagine that that level of authenticity might be one step too far in terms of preventing audience comprehension… That ‘Age of Kings’ production sounds intriguing, so I’ll definitely be seeking that out, especially as the Henry VI trilogy is so rarely performed in its entirety (I think the RSC did the whole thing over one long afternoon two or three years ago, though I never went to see it, alas). As you say, maybe producers/directors (and we academics, too – though I don’t teach much Shakespeare, alas) are to blame for assuming it’s *too* bleak for people to enjoy…. Who knows. I thought it was a great line. Funny Shakespeare never got around to writing Henry VII. Cheers for your comments Steve. George Bernard Shaw liked this one, though (although he considered Shakespeare overrated in general and even wrote a puppet play, Shakes versus Shav, arguing that he was the better craftsman), and particularly liked the play’s heroine, Helena. No he is not overrated. Pingback: Ten Underrated Shakespeare Plays | My BlogThe Philosopher's blog. Thanks for the comment, Brian! I’ve added your blog to my library ‘Café’ at the top of this blog by the way. And I totally agree that it’s another underperformed play. Best of luck with the endeavour…. those blowhards like Macbeth and King Lear and focus on the best supporting Recommended edition: All’s Well That Ends Well (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series). Servingman (MAN.) I agree that it’s certainly a very dark representation of love, honour, and human behaviour. The ability to turn a mistake into the subject for interesting intellectual discussion is indeed a gift. Underrated Shakespeare Plays King John. creative celebrity baby names. The noun ‘pander’, as in a go-between, predates Shakespeare by over a century, but the verb is only attested from the early seventeenth century as was possibly a Shakespearean coinage (the first use of the verb is, oddly enough, from another of the Bard’s plays, Hamlet). Anyway, thanks for the post. I remember seeing it at Stratford decades ago with Charles Dance in the lead role (for the record, it was fantastic) and I’ve seen it since in Liverpool – but I suppose, on reflection, it’s not performed that often. For all you Shakespeare fans out there (and we are legion). Well, the grass is greener on the other side. Everything Shakespeare does well in other plays he does brilliantly here. Interesting Fact: It was during a performance of this play that the Globe theatre burned down in 1613. The three main characters Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are dynamic and amazing characters that compliment each other despite their differences. Congratulations to good ol’ Calpy for not joining Superb. :). 2 (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare). Everything Else Elevens: 11 Underrated Female Literary Characters. On a different subject, I once saw a performance of Comedy of Errors with real identical twins playing the Antipholuses. It tends to get overshadowed by Hamlet, Lear, etc. to the every wish of a half-man, half-donkey. For many literature geeks, this doesn’t go unnoticed. I know, it’s a shame Coriolanus isn’t better known! It’s bad enough that this group of indistinct fairies Overall, I have more good Arden editions (I agree about Kermode’s The Tempest being very good) than any others. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I’m glad I did, or I wouldn’t have become familiar with “Timon of Athens,” which is one of my favorite Shakespeare’s plays. It is not clear just what kind of play it actually is: I plan a post on my own blog about the play soon. I’ve also seen Troilus and Cressida twice, both times at Stratford. We all have our favorite plays from our famous poet William Shakespeare, but here are some of the best underrated Shakespeare plays of all time which you will quite enjoy. Gentleman Porter of the Tower (GENTLEMAN PORTER.) patriarchy/the crazies. This is quite an early Shakespeare comedy, and involves the king of Navarre and three male companions agreeing to take an oath to swear off the company of women for three years. Thanks for the comment, as ever! The Underrated: Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) I picture this one as a My First Shakespeare kind of movie since it’s a fun, wildly entertaining version of the classic tale that you can watch with children. We all knew Shakespeare loved wordplay, but poor Dogberry is one malaprop away The violence in Scene Four where nearly all the characters are left dead illuminates the violence pervading the whole play, as each action is merely a reaction to a previous event. But this post isn't about the Jos, the Lucys, or the Annes. He still manages to steal a few scenes here and there and doesn’t 6)", The Biggest Little-Known Influence on H. P. Lovecraft. Will have to take the time to watch it soon. I agree, LLL is a bit of a mixed bag for me. I might need to read it again, though. That is interesting – I think where I teach it’s quite well known because it’s one of the set texts on a core module in British Drama, so it’s always good to hear what it’s like elsewhere. (There was one a year or two ago by the RSC I think, but there should be a TV/film version :). There’s just something about the girl getting what she wants by being clever and dutiful and determined which is a great adolescent fantasy. Great recommendations. Excellent, factual essay. I loved Comedy of Errors, as well as the others. He says that while the quarto called it a history, the folio calls it a tragedy and the table of contents doesn’t make it clear either. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It’s the quality of acting that matters – it’s what made last year’s BBC Hollow Crown adaptations such a joy, in the main. while reading a Shakespearean comedy. It’s perhaps still a bit too much for us. Thanks for signing up for The Airdrop! In the introduction to On Shakespeare, a then-75-year-old Tolstoy admitted to rereading Shakespeare’s complete works to see whether his … We'll be seeing you next Thursday. For anyone interested, his edition is wonderful. I always wonder why no one talks about Loves Labours Lost. 2. Underrated Shakespeare characters I have my first professional audition coming up for a Shakespeare company and they are looking for a classical comedic monologue. hearts, starting in 1996, thanks to this scene. Given the perennial popularity of the Tudors, as witnessed by the glut of television dramas and documentaries, it’s perhaps odd that this – the one Shakespeare play to deal with that dynasty – is among his least-known. That’s why Jacques I have to admit, I’ve never heard of Coriolanus. It is astounding, and particularly relevant to our modern times, and I highly recommend it to everyone! He wrote or collaborated on nearly forty, after all. What a fantastic blog post! 7. Please do – the world needs more stage productions of Coriolanus! A cannon shot, used for special effects in the play, hit the thatched roof of the playhouse and it quickly burned to the ground. the privilege to literally live out the lyrics to this amazing song. He did nothing that day except read Shakespeare, the way a well-trained stage actor would read it. (A Midsummer Night's Dream). 8. well and read more after looking Al Pacinos ‘Looking for Richard’. Much appreciated. Wallace Stevens wrote that “death is the mother of engage in life that he runs off and joins a monastery. The works continue to inspire Hollywood, like Baz Luhrmann’s glamourous 1996 adaptation Romeo+Juliet, … the great tradition of Shakespearean wives who commit suicide out of grief/the Ben Whishaw was great – I missed the Michael Jackson overtones to his performance (the monkey, the voice) picked up on by some of the reviewers, but for me his rendering of the role worked! Reblogged this on Stripped down and commented: Very pleased to hear you enjoyed it. Before we dive into the recommended reading order for the complete works of Shakespeare, here are a few principles to keep in mind as you undertake this journey. That is one thought I recommend everyone read. desperate for a woman, is an easy target to the wide cast of jokers. ... and Viola one of his best female characters… is named after rejected Essie nail colors, but on top of that, they must cater The Underrated Heroines of Shakespeare Cordelia ( King Lear) Imogen ( Cymbeline) Paulina ( The Winter's Tale) Miranda ( The Tempest) Out of all 10 I’ve, shamefully, only read Henry VI Part 2, and that’s with an English Lit degree to my name! 15 Overrated: Overhyped No Jutsu! This is a fascinating post. Reblogged this on One reader A thousand lives. The Henry the VIs were pretty good, thanks mostly to the actor the BBC chose to play the role. Thank you for the great list! Pingback: Five Fascinating Facts about Macbeth | Interesting Literature. And if you aren't a leading lady, start practising your deferential maid. Interesting Fact: The phrase ‘gild the lily’ derives from this play, though it is the result of a misquotation. Bertram tells Helena that she may not call him husband until she receives a ring from him and can bear him a child. 2 (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare), Coriolanus: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare) by Shakespeare, William 3rd (third) (2011) Paperback, Timon of Athens (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series), “Love’s Labours Lost” (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare), All’s Well That Ends Well (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series), Troilus and Cressida (The Arden Shakespeare), “The Comedy of Errors” (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series), Five Fascinating Facts about Macbeth | Interesting Literature. Then again, hoighty-toighty Malvolio, who is practically You have a lot of knowledge! 12 Genre:Tragedy First line:This foul Egyptian hath betrayed me: 1. While there are many beautiful, well … Comedy of Errors I had to read in college and thought it was painful in its punning and slapstick. That old BBC Shakespeare production sounds like it’s worth seeking out though. Here are some of the most underrated Disney movies, according to the audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. Thanks a lot for following my blog. I didn’t know the play at all until recently, when the BBC did it as part of their ‘Hollow Crown’ series (alongside Henry IV parts 1 and 2, and Henry V), with Ben Whishaw as King John. him an unofficial member of the Hot Cops. https://interestingliterature.com/2013/07/ten-best-underrated-shakespeare-plays Being the butt of every joke is tough, especially It is surprising to me how difficult it is to get my “peers” interested in Shakespeare at all – they are intelligent people, well-educated as in university graduates, and yet find the Bard “not accessible” or something like that. ‘To gild refined gold, to paint the lily’ Interestingly, I recently read that in Conrad’s book “The Duel.” He didn’t have it in quotes, either. Many of his characters are stock characters or similar to them. Will have to keep my eyes peeled for new productions! Everyone will have his or her own favorite Shakespeare that one would like to re-watch, re-read and revisit time and again. But I have to say that even the most popular of Shakespeare’s plays need close reading and re-reading. It is fascinating to see his ambition expand through this series of plays. Use it well! Will have to check Stratford/London for new productions in the future. And…, screw T.S. It’s believed to have been, along with The Two Noble Kinsmen, the result of collaboration between Shakespeare and fellow playwright John Fletcher. I need to CLOSELY read more of Shakespeare plays. I’ve heard of most of them and I’m going to see Coriolanus in London next February. People make fun of her “low brow” and “round face,” and her husband is forced I will definitely make it a point to read a few of the others! I thought the ending was off, and for me, did not match the story. I remember seeing The Comedy of Errors performed by a relatively small group – they kept charging in and out of the hall they were performing it in, it was so funny! Now that’s good – thanks for that! I’ve seen it three times – in Stratford in the 1980s, and twice in Scotland; each production was wildly different from the others. Like Cowboy Bebop, this show deserves the praise it gets, but unlike the former, this show is a bit underrated. fart-related. I was hoping the BBC would follow up their success with last year’s ‘Hollow Crown’ versions of the later tetralogy by doing justice to the earlier quartet this year, but alas, even with the buzz surrounding Richard III recently, no such adaptations have materialised. I like Shakespeares plays Check out the blog to know some less-known Shakespeare works. For every Hamlet, Juliet, and Othello, you have a Great post! This was another early comedy – thought to have been written by Shakespeare in around 1594 – and so lacks the sophistication of the later comedies (though not in terms of its convoluted and contrived plot structure!). When the Bard wants to hand you a metaphor, you know he Meanwhile, the preface to one of the quartos (“to the ever reader”) contradicts the other quarto take by saying the play has never been performed but goes on to say that it is a comedy fit to be compared with the best of Terence and Plautus. When it comes to the stage play, the name of the great William Shakespeare is the very first thing that pops up in our mind. Everyone knows Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Richard III (or knows of them at least). Along with these, there have been several direct adaptations. Despite the use of Shakespearian language it was very easy for the modern person to follow the plot line … I can’t recommend it highly enough. :) I look forward to becoming better acquainted and informed through the years. It was also the very first Shakespeare play to be filmed, in 1899 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree. I think a lot of people need – and lack – that one hour to ‘convert’ them to Shakespeare, the rhythms, the emotive power of the language, and the characters. I agree with the other blogger’s comment about Titus Andronicus. Lady More (LADY MORE.) Her … Yes, I’d be keen to hear more about this. A neat idea–but it may have left the audience almost as confused as the characters…. Looking forward to further posts :), I, too, look forward to reading more of your posts! It appears in this play and this play alone (this phenomenon is known as a hapax legomenon). Excellent list! It was quite a disappointing play. Read full Antony Monologue ….more monologues from Antony and Cleopatra In college, I watched Love’s Labour’s Lost and found parts of it very funny. What else could he do but save the day? Cleo’s Mary Crawley. I think I’ll enjoy it, by the sound of it! Hamlet acts as a cautionary tale for Shakespeare’s audiences, as Prince Hamlet’s irrationality pushes … Some excellent notes on Troilus and Cressida, and we take your point about ‘pander’ – though the verb is also evidently derived from Pandarus, if not from Shakespeare’s play itself. Also perhaps because I was a teenager when I read it, and I also read Clamorous Voices alongside it. Thank you for the reminder! Let’s face it. #1: Watch the plays. Loved reading the post. I’m going to reread Troilus over the summer, as reading about the play was partly what inspired me to write this post. I’ve seen everyone of Shakespeare’s plays, thanks to the BBC. Thanks! Very often I would re-read one of Shakespeare’s “popular plays” and come upon dozens of new discoveries and epiphanies. 1592. Oops, that’s a good point – didn’t think of the different pronunciation of ‘bananas’! Thanks to Nicholas Hytner’s 2012 production at the National Theatre in London … Surveying literature, art & culture from an altitude of 5,000 feet while traveling at 53 miles per hour. Jack Cade ( 2 Henry VI) – He’s an unlikely claimant to the throne, but his populist rhetoric has the power to start a... 2. Romeo and Juliet remains one of the most iconic love stories of all time and remains relevant centuries after the performances in England’s Globe Theatre. T. S. Eliot, in his 1919 essay ‘Hamlet and His Problems’, considered Coriolanus a greater achievement than Hamlet (which he considered a failure). Oops! come, come, come, come, give me your hand. Eliot on that count. Was an interesting new take on the play in many ways – I agree, in performance it can work quite well…, All’s Well… is my favourite underrated Shakespeare. pantheon of underrated Shakespearean characters who are overshadowed by sword-wielding, I have always had a soft spot for Cymbeline and its glorious heroine. I’ll know how to pronounce it properly now :-D. Thank you for your blogpost! Another fact about “Comedy of Errors”; it is an adaptation of “The Menechmus Twins” by the Roman playwright Plautus. Crofts (CROFTS.) I’d add The Winter’s Tale and Pericles (Shakespeare most likely wrote roughly half of the play) to this list. smother anyone with a pillow. Count Paris won over everyone’s The story is retold through garden gnomes living in the backyards of … Giles (PORTER.) Interesting Fact: This is the shortest of all of Shakespeare’s plays. It is unusual among Shakespeare’s plays in that it has no obvious prior sources in historical chronicles or earlier plays or poems. Well noted, thanks :), Reblogged this on Rosemarie Cawkwell and commented: Interestingly, Henry VI part 2 was written before parts 1 & 3. ), though. Shakespearean clowns are usually insufferable even have to cross dress to do so! Another of Shakespeare’s ‘problem plays’. I didn’t put Measure for Measure on the list since, despite my own fondness for it, I felt it wasn’t neglected enough, though now I reflect I suppose the plot isn’t that well known, and it is an oddity among Shakespeare’s plays in all sorts of ways (only one set in Vienna, another ‘problem play’, etc.). His idea of the general form of literature and his idea of the common people of that time were tremendous. All of Shakespeare's major female characters are gruesomely reliant on male attention. to Feste the Clown’s loud, bawdy Pauly Shore. Compared to Cleo, Octavia is a mouse of a woman. Here are ten of the least-known plays by the Bard, with the reasons why people should read them (or reread them), along with an interesting fact about each. An odd mix of comedy, tragedy, romance, and ephemera, but it worked for me. real. This play, written late in Shakespeare’s career, features the famous song ‘Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun’ (which, despite its status as a great tragic lament, is actually sung to an empty tomb, since the character in whose honour it is performed is not actually dead). Thanks a lot for your inspiration. Coriolanus is one of my favorite things ever written by anyone ever. Timon of Athens. Recommended edition: King John (Arden Shakespeare). “Troilus and Cressida” however gets my vote as Shakespeare’s most underrated play. Pericles is an excellent addition, though I think The Winter’s Tale is not quite underrated enough, at least to my mind. your man. I didn’t pick up on it either, and I’m not sure I read any reviews of The Hollow Crown. Interesting Fact: This play may have helped to popularise the verb ‘to pander’, as in ‘to pander to someone’s wishes’. only your sophomore AP English teacher understood. 10. William Shakespeare probably made more of an impact on English literature, drama, and language than any other writer in history. I’ve still never seen a production of King John. (In fact, I watched all of their complete Shakespeare plays. They showed Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth the other night, and they’re broadcasting Adrian Lester / Rory Kinnear in Othello in September. The BBC informed of our progress said about Shakespeare | interesting literature see Coriolanus in the 1999 film,... Ever seen with a modern retelling of this play and this play that the Globe few., at least he got a love interest, but there should be a TV/film version:,... Octavia is a bit quicker this blog by the time Shakespeare completed the Series cast it in entirely... 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