So about the Candle Wicks thing

I was thinking

Shakespeare said act breaks were just because when they started doing plays indoors and not using natural light so they had to keep stopping to trim the candle wicks, and that’s where act breaks came from. 

And then there’s the whole six business, which I didn’t even catch on to until I looked at the tag

So I’m thinking, instead of a whole nother play, they’re going to write a sixth act. There will be a little break for the “candle wicks to be trimmed” (filming) and then we get act 6. 

Or at least I hope so. 

I’d be a little hesitant to see the NMTD characters being another play. 

But I’d take more of them in an instant. 

Coriolanus Masterpost

Here you can watch Tom Hiddleston’s performance of Coriolanus from the Donmar Warehouse. Very handy for anyone who missed it in person or in cinema. If there are problems with the links please let me know! Enjoy.

[part two will be up shortly]

For the audio version of Coriolanus AND Othello (both featuring Tom Hiddleston) you can find a playlist below via soundcloud.

I’m reading Oliver Ford Davies's book, Performing Shakespeare, right now, and just had to share the following quote:

Sometimes Shakespeare preserves the scansion of the line by the ELISION of two syllables… One way to achieve this is to suggest, or, at any rate think, the missing vowel. On no account say ‘toot’ in Horatio’s line, ‘So Guildenstern and Rosencrantz go to’t’!

Words to live by.

Macbeth: “HOLY SHITCAKES IT’S BANQUO’S GHOST PLEASE TELL ME YOU GUYS CAN SEE THIS BECAUSE I’M FREAKING THE HELL OUT.”

Lennox: “Uh…”

Lady Macbeth: “My lord is often thus, and hath been from his youth!”

Macbeth: “I MOST CERTAINLY HAVE NOT. IF I HAD SEEN GHOSTS AS A CHILD, I WOULD NOT BE SO FREAKED OUT RIGHT NOW.”

Lady Macbeth: “What a wimp. The rest of you might as well leave.”

Banquo’s Ghost: “Sweet freaking dreams, asshole.”

Another rumor about Tom Hiddleston as Richard II for James Ivory (from Ciak - italian movie magazine - of november)

The Bard at the cinema

With her “Macbeth”, Marion Cotillard leads the new discovery of Shakespeare too.

Bloody bride of the tormented Michael Fassbender in “Macbeth” by Justin Kurzel, Marion Cotillard is preparing to open not only year 2015, but a new series of movies dedicated to William Shakespeare’s works.
Put away comedies and romantic dramas as "Romeo and Juliet" by Carlo Carlei, the great tragedies rule. Already in pre-production there are versions of the new “King Lear" and "Julius Caesar" with Sean Bean in the role eponymous leader. Bean was also hired by Vincent Reagan for another variant of the Scottish play “Enemy of Man”, postponed not to conflict with that of Kurzel.
Even James Ivory decided to return to the cinema with the transposition of a tragedy of the good old Will, “Richard II”. He’s just waiting for Tom Hiddleston, who’s ready to expand his successful paths of Shakespearean parts.
Speaking of new projects, there are many who think that the Bard would allow the star Kenneth Branagh to return to shine. On the other hand, even if they are not popular as before, Shakespearean adaptations continue to be produced in a contemporary way: the problem is that they rarely arrive in Italy. Let us hope, therefore, that the “Cymbeline" by Michael Almereyeda, seen in Venice, will not be forgotten as the “Coriolanus” with Ralph Fiennes or “Much Ado About Nothing" by Joss Whedon.
And if the movies are not enough to quench the thirst of Shakespeare, here is the BBC, that after the first season of the miniseries “The Hollow Crown” is building the second, “The Wars of the Roses”, dedicated to Henry VI and Richard III. Playing as the ruthless King, the unstoppable Benedict Cumberbatch.

Things I Appreciate #465

My English teacher sitting down with me, and planning when and how I will be teaching Shakespeare.  THAT’S RIGHT.  I GET TO TEACH SHAKESPEARE TO A COLLEGE CLASS.  

And she talked with me for two hours.  It was magnificent.  

We’re also going to be assigning optional homework over American Thanksgiving break, where their assignment is to watch Nothing Much To Do ( thecandlewasters ), Jules & Monty ( julesmonty ), and Blank Verse ( blankversetv ).

I’m so happy.  Jen is such an awesome teacher.  She got me talking about theatre, and costumes, and sets, and directing, and WE FREAKING MADE SOME DISCOVERIES (aka Rosie remembers that suicide wasn’t a big thing unless you were a prisoner of war {correct me if I’m wrong} and DUH Romeo and Juliet were prisoner to their family feud hmmm).

I showed Jen what I had written up for decoding Shakespeare and she LOVED IT.  I get an entire class session to teach, show clips, and act out Shakespeare for my class.  

Someone pinch me.

To die, to sleep-to sleep-perchance to dream. Just feeling those Hamlet vibes pre-formal. #Hamlet #Shakespeare #formal #StDoms #Veritas #goth #gothicchic #black #vintage #antique #skull #quiff #undercut #glasses #redlipstick #piercings #blackvelvet #gloves #amIclassyyet #Halloween #justwannabeDita