Friday, October 14, 2016

Shakespeare Lives!

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts
~William Shakespeare, As You Like It

The British Council is marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 2016. These two videos came from that celebration of his work, Shakespeare Lives:

Under the greenwood tree
Who loves to lie with me,
And tune his merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat —
Come hither, come hither, come hither!
Here shall he see
No enemy
But winter and rough weather.

A seize-the-day quote from Twelfth Night:

What is love? 'Tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty;
Then come kiss me, sweet-and-twenty:
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

Helena Bonham Carter in Twelfth Night

And here's a Romeo and Juliet bonus:

Live Your Poem has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Irene!


jama said...

What a treat! Love seeing these fresh interpretations of Shakespeare's words. "West Side Story" is one of my all time fave musicals too. So nice to see these videos. Thanks, T.

Linda B said...

Each one is a celebration, the final one a great surprise, Tabatha! I'll share the first with Ingrid, who is learning to play the guitar. She will love seeing this young woman play. Thanks, didn't know about the Shakespeare anniversary.

Kimberley Moran said...

How fun to watch these videos. I love seeing poetry come to life.

Irene Latham said...

These are really beautiful. I love the blues one. Reminds me of Norah Jones! Shakespeare inspires and inspires, doesn't he? Love it. xo

Violet N. said...

Who would believe these words are around 400 years old? These adaptations prove how timeless Shakespeare is!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Very cool! Miranda just had a friend sleep over last night and the movie they wanted to watch was the 1961 West Side Story. Don't you just love how Shakespeare lives on and on and on?

Brenda at FriendlyFairyTales said...

I agree with Michelle. It is great how Shakespeare's words resonate with us and his stories are like fairy tales, they underpin our culture. Great post.

Diane Mayr said...

"Come to Me"--a great interpretation. Thanks for the musical treat.

Linda Mitchell said...

What a creative and beautiful response to Poetry Friday! I love it! Thank you.

Heidi Mordhorst said...

So much goodness! Go Bard! But my favorite recent Shakespeare moment is this essay:

Tara said...

I'll celebrate anything to do with Bard anytime, any how. What a treat these videos are, thanks, Tabatha!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Love these interpretations, Tabatha, thanks for sharing!