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I Like It Well

Advantages: Easy to follow, charming, funny, daft...
Disadvantages: Can be a tad "hey nonny-nonny" for today's sophisticated tastes!

Lots of people think that they can’t go to see a Shakespeare play unless they know it inside out. It seems to be the perceived wisdom that to attempt to follow the action would just be too unlikely to succeed if you were to misguidedly just roll up and d ...

Kirsty1 08.03.2004 · Read full review
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Review of As You Like It - William Shakespeare

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'The wise man's folly'

Advantages: Some nice speeches
Disadvantages: No plot!

What is this play about? Well, nothing really. Here is a summary of the plot (try to pay attention): Orlando and his brother Oliver are nobles in the court of Duke Frederick. They argue over money left to them by their father. Oliver plans to kill ...

Amadahn 03.03.2001 · Read full review
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Review of As You Like It - William Shakespeare

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Is all really well that ends well?

Advantages: 'nice happy' ending, Not too many characters generally an easy read
Disadvantages: Leaves you doulting wether the [anti]hero really deserves the heroine

I recently went to see this play at the Guilgud theatre in London's west end. The production was to be done by the RSC and among the actors/actresses was Judi Dench I therefore knew I was in for a good production. Knowing this was coming up I decided to g ...

heidi_kyle 23.03.2004 · Read full review
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Review of All's Well That Ends Well - William Shakespeare

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The protagonists behind the protagonists

Advantages: Repays close and repeated reading.
Disadvantages: Nothing major

I've always found it interesting to look at the political and historical setting of Shakespeare's plays - it can sometimes give a different insight into a play, giving it greater depth. The most obvious example of this, to me, is the appearance of Macbeth ...

luaph 01.09.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare

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How Shakespeare presents loyaty in the play

Advantages: Like most Shakespeare, stick at it and you'll enjoy it
Disadvantages: A little slow to get into, depending on how well you grasp Shakespeare's work

(This is a piece of writing I did about "Antony and Cleopatra" earlier this year, and I believe it will make as a good an a opinion as anything else I could write now.) Throughout “Antony and Cleopatra”, issues of loyalty and betrayal are p ...

grannycroft 26.08.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare

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