Alas, poor Shakespeare, his portrait must endure it’s place upon a bowdlerized edition of his work! This beautiful double-fore-edged tome features a portrait of Shakespeare with a depiction of Anne Hathaway’s home on one side of the text block, and a be-collared Queen Elizabeth chillin’ next to Shakespeare’s birthplace on the other!

The family Shakspeare, in one volume: in which nothing is added to the original text, but those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read in a family by Thomas Bowdler. London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green, 1863.                             

This man is by far the best Hamlet I have seen. I was annoyed by the low attendance in the cinema, but his performance completely astounded me. For such a young actor to tackle such a great part as Hamlet is a huge challenge in itself, minus the intensity of this production. From the cultural shifts to the modernising twists, the production truly felt timeless and I felt honoured to be a part of a nationwide audience.

Paapa Essiedu is one of the nation’s up and coming actors, and he has earned his stripes because of this performance. I hope he receives standing ovations for the rest of the run at Stratford.