William Shakespeare



Gerry Duggan (W), Ian Doescher (W), Matteo Lolli (A), Mike Mayhew ©, Scott Koblish (VC), Janet Lee (VC).
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Practical Shakespeare Quotes

Do you want to quote more Shakespeare in your life but never find opportunities to say “brevity is the soul of wit”? Do you rarely hang below balconies exchanging love vows with the daughter of your enemy? This is just the list for you.

“What an ass am I!”
Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

“I am not a slut,”
As You Like It, Act 3, Scene 3
(Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here,”
The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2

“Commit the oldest sins the newest kind of ways,”
Henry IV Part 2, Act 4, Scene 5

“This is the excellent foppery of the world,”

King Lear, Act 1, Scene 2

“Making the beast with two backs,”
Othello, Act 1, Scene 1

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool,”
As You Like It, Act 5, Scene 1

“To tell thee plain, I aim to lie with thee,”
Henry VI Part 3, Act 3, Scene 2
(Works great for courting hot widows.)

“I would rather hear my dog bark at a crow than a man swear he loves me,”
Much Ado About Nothing, Act 1, Scene 1

“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me,”
Richard II, Act 5, Scene 5

“Marry, sir, in her buttocks.”
A Comedy of Errors, Act 2, Scene 5
(No judgement here.)

“My horse is my mistress,”
Henry V, Act 3, Scene 7
(Uh, there might be something wrong with that.)

“Thou dost infect my eyes,”
Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2

“Better a witty fool, than a foolish wit,”
Twelfth Night, Act 1, Scene 5
(“Wit” is Shakespearean slang for penis.)

“[Wine] provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance,”
Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3

“I had rather live with cheese and garlic in a windmill, far, than feed on cates and have him talk to me in any summer-house in Christendom,”
Henry IV Part 2, Act 4 Scene 1

“Now, gods, stand up for bastards!”
King Lear, Act 1, Scene 2

“Villain, I have done thy mother!”
Titus Andronicus, Act 4, Scene 2
(This means exactly what you think it does.)

“And thou unfit for any place but hell,”
Richard III, Act 1, Scene 2

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,”
Henry VI Part 2, Act 4, Scene 2

“Heaven truly knows that thou art false as hell.”
Othello, Act 4, Scene 2

“Out, dunghill!”
King John, Act 4, Scene 3

“This is too long.”
Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2


Bibliophile Inspired Necklaces

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Her first literary creation began as single postcard featuring a famous quote from Wuthering Heights. Now “Rio” offers her expertise and bookworm passion into designing exclusive gifts, which book lovers will not be able to resist. Adorned with a symbolic necklace designated to each book (i.e., the owl in Harry Potter, the cage in Jane Eyre, the dashing bow tie in The Great Gatsby and more), each piece is attached to a postcard with a relevant excerpt. You can find her entire collection of bibliophile gifts in her Etsy shop.

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if anyone ever tries to call you immature or insult you for refusing to watch a show after your favorite character dies, kindly point them to the english renaissance. queen elizabeth i was so pissed off when shakespeare killed off one of his side characters that she not only ordered him to resurrect the asshole, she royally commanded him to write another play entirely centered on the character and give him a happy ending

so, my sister is a very good playwright

and she’s been commissioned to adapt Julius Caesar for a company that does site-specific casual Shakespeare with few props, few actors, minimal costuming etc, and does it brilliantly because they have so much energy and (in my opinion) get to the heart of what Shakespeare was doing in terms of having fun with it and making his audience do so too

anyway, this JC is to be performed in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria markets, which was a decision made on the basis that this is a play whose major emotions and drama and shifts are built around public spaces, public interactions, drawing the public in


for no particular reason other than we had a lot of really really good female actors auditioning for our last show but we could only cast three because it was R&J and there aren’t many roles for them

they have decided it’s going to be an all-female cast, employing all the awesome female actors they want to employ

not gender-bending - they’ll still be using male pronouns for the male characters, etc

they’ll just

all be played by women

because why the hell not

and they’re already getting kick-back along the lines of 

so sexist

feminism gone too far


and everybody who has any tiny tiny smidgeon of knowledge about Shakespeare performance history

is not even bothering to reply

just sitting back and laughing

and watching the comment threads explode

it is good