the tragedy of coriolanus

The Signs As Shakespearian Insults
  • Aries: Thou art like a toad; ugly and venomous.
  • Taurus: Thou art a flesh-monger, a fool and a coward.
  • Gemini: Foot-licker!
  • Cancer: Methinks’t thou art a general offence and every man should beat thee.
  • Leo: I desire we may be better strangers.
  • Libra: Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat.
  • Scorpio: The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.
  • Sagittarius: Thou mis-shapen dick!
  • Capricorn: Peace, ye fat guts!
  • Aquarius: You mouldy rogue
  • Pisces: A fusty nut with no kernel.
  • Virgo: Thou art a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy worsted-stocking knave; a lily-liver'd, action-taking, whoreson, glass-gazing, superserviceable, finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mungril bitch.

anonymous asked:

Could you please list five or so Shakespeare plays that you'd recommend everyone reads? I'm trying to read more over break. Much love!

for people who are interested in getting into shakespeare, here’s a not-so-serious organized guide to some of the plays!!

starting five (not necessarily “easy”, but best if you don’t like/know much about the bard and want a good place to begin): romeo and juliet, the tempest, macbeth, julius caesar, hamlet

actually amusing comedies: a midsummer night’s dream, twelfth night, as you like it, much ado about nothing

plays with the best (and by best i mean worst) villains: othello, richard III, titus andronicus, king lear

best of the histories (even if two are technically tragedies): antony and cleopatra, coriolanus, henry V, richard II, henry VI part one

makes you think: henry IV part one, the taming of the shrew, measure for measure, the merchant of venice (i still don’t like this play but it should be read critically)

underrated gems: the comedy of errors, troilus and cressida, two gentlemen of verona, cymbeline

  • Looks like a comedy and is a comedy: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night
  • Looks like a comedy but is actually kind of a tragedy: Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, possibly Much Ado About Nothing
  • Looks like a tragedy and is a tragedy: Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Coriolanus
  • Looks vaguely tragic but might be a comedy: Cymbeline, the puppet show version of Titus Andronicus

anonymous asked:

hey, rebecca, correct me if I'm wrong, but you like shakespeare, right? do you happen to have any bootlegs of recent-ish (ideally post-2000) performances of ... well, anything? even romeo and juliet would be great. I'm not really sure how popular shakespeare is amongst theatre fans, especially because they seem to focus on musicals a lot here on tumblr? I've just never actually *seen* his plays, so I'm curious. any help in the right direction would be lovely!

you’re in luck!  you don’t even need bootlegs thanks to the lovely company at shakespeare’s globe.  their shows are all staged in more or less the early modern style, but it just adds to the fantastic aesthetic.  if it’s post-2000 stage productions you’re after, i highly recommend them all.  

if you use torrents, then here are links to the following productions of shakespeare’s plays at the globe (there might be more dvds available but these were all i could find):  

all’s well that ends well (comedy) 
as you like it (comedy) 
love’s labours lost (comedy)
much ado about nothing (comedy) 
merry wives of windsor (comedy) 
twelfth night (comedy) 
taming of the shrew (comedy) 

othello (tragedy) 
romeo and juliet (tragedy) 

henry viii (history) 
henry iv part one (history)
henry iv part two (history) 
henry v (history)

and this is a production of doctor faustus put on by the globe.  it’s marlowe, not shakespeare, but a fantastic play and if you enjoy these productions then you’ll love it just as much.   

these are misc stage productions put on by other companies: 

julius caesar (history) (royal shakespeare company)
the tempest (tragedy) (stratford theatre) 
macbeth (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company)
hamlet (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company) 
coriolanus (tragedy) (national theatre live) 
much ado about nothing (comedy) (wyndham’s theatre) 

speaking of hamlet, some lovely person put together this compilation post a while ago, so there are various productions of hamlet there.  

and the duchess of malfi is webster, not shakespeare, but it’s such a fantastic play and he’s another early modern writer.  so again, recommended.  this production was done at the greenwich theatre. 

and i feel like im forgetting some really obvious recent productions, but here’s the collection i devised off the top of my head.   as far as movie versions go, if you are interested in those as well, there have been some great productions in the last few years.  the hollow crown series (bbc) covered one of the history quartets (richard ii, henry iv part one, henry iv part two, henry v) and i greatly enjoyed all four films (richard ii was my personal fave though).  there was also a romeo and juliet movie recently, though they edited a lot of shakespeare’s text so if you’re here for that then i wouldn’t recommend it.  in 2011 there was a film version of much ado about nothing which was particularly popular (a joss whedon production with many familiar faces). 

there are, of course, countless classics as well.  if you’re interested, some of my personal favourite shakespeare movies are richard iii (laurence olivier), much ado about nothing (kenneth branagh), henry v (kenneth branagh), titus (a julie taymor production starring anthony hopkins as titus andronicus - a SUPERB adaptation, unforgettable), romeo and juliet (1968, directed by zeffirelli), hamlet (kenneth branagh - not necessarily a fan of EVERYTHING in this version, but GOD it is a FEAST for the eyes, and when the casting is right it is sooooo right.  def worth checking out).  

and GOD im sure there are many, many, many more BUT I’VE GONE FOR WAY TOO LONG SO THERE.  GO FORTH.   if you don’t use torrents, then i recommend a quick google on how to do so. if you can’t, then sorry!  but at least you know these copies exist and can look for them elsewhere.  and maybe someone else searching for shows can use these.


i’m gonna write an essay about cultural landmarks in loneliness which will include such touchstones as shakespeare coining the term LONELY in the tragedy coriolanus, gabriel garcía márquez writing the award-winning novel one hundred years of SOLITUDE, pop-rock icon heart releasing hit power ballad ALONE, and most importantly tommy v*etor being forced to record a tommyjohn ad ALL BY HIMSELF on today’s episode of podstw :(

anonymous asked:

what's the abriged works of william shakespeare? :)

I’m so glad you asked!

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged is a comic three-man play that purports to put on every play by William Shakespeare (abridged) in the span of about 90 minutes. The comedies and histories are given somewhat short shrift, but they go through and pretty systematically make fun of the tragedies (…except Coriolanus). Especially Hamlet.

There’s a filmed version from the early 2000s that’s a bit dated (heck, there’s a Monica Lewinsky joke) but still very funny. @ohbthr and I used to watch it all the time back in high school.

Here’s the whole thing on youtube! Go forth!

Ralph Fiennes

Gender: Male

DOB: 22 December 1962

Nationality: English

Ethnicity: English-Irish-Scottish

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Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre.

Fiennes’ portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Göth in Schindler’s List earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. His performance as Count Almásy in The English Patient garnered him a second Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations.

Since then, Fiennes has been in a number of notable films, including Quiz Show, Strange Days, The End of the Affair, Red Dragon, The Constant Gardener, In Bruges, The Reader, Clash of the Titans, Great Expectations, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. He voiced Rameses in The Prince of Egypt and Alfred Pennyworth in The Lego Batman Movie. Fiennes is also known for his roles in major film franchises such as the Harry Potter film series, in which he played Lord Voldemort, and the James Bond series, in which he has played Gareth Mallory / M, starting with the 2012 film Skyfall.

In 2011, Fiennes made his directorial debut with his film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Coriolanus, in which he also played the title character. Fiennes won a Tony Award for playing Prince Hamlet on Broadway. Since 1999, Fiennes has served as an ambassador for UNICEF UK. One of the highest profile actors in contemporary British popular culture, Fiennes appeared on Debrett’s 2017 list of the most influential people in the UK.


Coriolanus: "Away." Menenius: "How? Away?" Coriolanus: "Wife, mother, child, I know not. My affairs are servanted to others. Though I owe my revenge properly, my remission lies in Volscian breasts. That we have been familiar, ingrate forgetfulness shall poison rather than pity note how much. Therefore be gone. Mine ears against your suits are stronger than your gates against my force."