Happy 450th Birthday William Shakespeare!
Seems like the perfect time to announce that The Almeida’s King Lear, starring Jonathan Pryce, is coming to Digital Theatre Youtube channel from 30th April for a limited six week run. Watch the trailer here: http://bit.ly/1mCLuvc
Marking the 450th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Birth
Every year at the end of April, a celebration of the life and works of the great playwright William Shakespeare takes place in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare was born there in 1564 and cultural celebrations in Stratford’s streets, with entertainers, street performers and traditional Morris dancers, go back hundreds of years.
From his plays to his sonnets, Shakespeare’s extensive works have produced a legacy of characters, ideas, histories and, of course, words—it is thought he contributed more than 2,000 to the English language. His plays are a staple on many school curriculums, and continue to be reinterpreted on stage, rewritten in fiction and retold on screen.
The man himself is still very much a mystery and few details exist about his private life. Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway with whom he bore three children, before relocating to London to pursue his acting and writing career. He died at the age of 52 on April 23, 1616—a date which fell very near to his birthday in the same month (the exact date is unknown).
This year marks the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and, on Saturday, a special procession will take place in Stratford, ending with celebrants laying flowers on Shakespeare’s grave in the Holy Trinity Church. The world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company will also host a full program of shows.
Happy birthday, Shakespeare! Read what the Globe Theater has in store to celebrate.
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Check out the Which Shakespearean villain are you?
Time to repost my old Shakespeare villain quiz…
My results this time:
Your physical deformity makes you claim that you were not made to woo, but your unparalleled skills of manipulation win you supporters and even a wife. Your sense of humor and ability to run circles around the numskulls surrounding you win over the audience. Until you finally change from duke to king – and the audience realizes that they have been played and charmed just like the rest. Then it becomes clear that you are just one empty, evil, crazy bastard.
“For then I’ll marry Warwick’s youngest daughter. What though I kill’d her husband and her father? The readiest way to make the wench amends is to become her husband and her father” (III.i.161-64).
April 23, 1564: William Shakespeare Is Born
April 23, 1564 is widely known to be the day of William Shakespeare’s birth. Take Shakespeare Uncovered's “Which Shakespeare Character Are You?” quiz to see if you’re a Macbeth, Hamlet or Ophelia!
I am Ophelia!
"Hey non nonny, nonny, hey nonny; and in his grave rain’d many a tear: fare you well, my dove!" — HAMLET, ACT 4 SCENE 5.
World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. It is hoped that World Book and Copyright Day will increase people’s understanding of copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright.
In the United Kingdom, the day is instead recognised on the first Thursday in March.
World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995. The date is symbolic for world literature. Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died on 23 April 1616.
23 April has also been taken as Shakespeare’s birthday (he was baptised on 26 April 1564, and his actual date of birth is unknown). This year, 2014, marks William Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday.
The Top 12 Shakespeare Quotes
- The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves. (Julius Caesar)
- To be, or not to be: that is the question. (Hamlet)
- The course of true love never did run smooth. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
- If I lose mine honour, I lose myself. (Antony and Cleopatra)
- 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. (As You Like It)
- Now is the winter of our discontent. (Richard III)
- Brevity is the soul of wit. (Hamlet)
- Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em. (Twelfth Night)
- Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. (All’s Well That Ends)
- Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow. (Romeo and Juliet)
- But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve. (Othello)
- There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. (Hamlet)
It’s William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday! (Well, OK, no one knows the exact day he was born, but devotees have adopted April 23 as the day to celebrate, so we will too.)
To mark the occasion, here are three random things you may not have known about the Bard:
- What Do Jay Z And Shakespeare Have In Common? Swagger: As with so many other famous words and phrases, Shakespeare was the first to use “swagger.”
- Shakespeare Was A Tax Evader And Food Hoarder: Research suggests that he was prosecuted for evading taxes and for hoarding grain during a famine and then reselling it at inflated prices.
- Shakespeare’s Accent: How Did The Bard Really Sound?: A little more Edinburgh — and sometimes even more Appalachia — than you might expect.
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Something wicked this way comes with this quiz as you’ll find out which tragic Shakespearian play you belong in!
Fun, but Shakespeare is far from “the original master of disaster!” D: How many tragedies came before Shakespeare? Anyway, there is no way I wouldn’t get this:
Your result: Hoyday and foh! You are Hamlet.
You know what your problem is? You take everything too seriously. You may have some hard luck issues to deal with—really big ones too—but you spend too long brooding over the problem and working out elaborate plans that will only help you work out what to do next, rather than just, y’know, getting on with it.
Whatever the situation, whatever you decide to do (within reason), it’s better to take the shot and be a bit wide in your aim than to spend so long worrying that your target gets bored and goes home.
Life is for living, and while thinking is never a waste of time, and consideration is always a good idea, you do sometimes have to put your finer feelings aside and tackle your problems head on.
It’s sad how accurate this is.
Happy 450th birthday William Shakespeare. Your plays are still the pinnacle, your poetry among the finest and many phrases you coined are still in wide usage.
It is often not clear whether a word or phrase was already in existence in Shakespeare’s lifetime or if he invented it. Regardless, his plays often provide us with the earliest use of many.
More words and phrases coined by the Bard
- “For goodness sake” - Henry VIII
- “Neither here not there” - Othello
- “Mum’s the word” - Henry VI, Part II
- “Eaten out of house and home” - Henry IV, Part II
- “Rant” - Hamlet
- “Knock knock! Who’s there?” - Macbeth
- “All’s well that ends well” - All’s Well That Ends Well
- “With bated breath” - The Merchant of Venice
- “A wild goose chase” - Romeo and Juliet
- “Assassination” - Macbeth
- “Too much of a good thing” - As You Like It
- “A heart of gold” - Henry V
- “Such stuff as dreams are made on” - The Tempest
- “Fashionable” - Troilus and Cressida
- ”What the dickens” - The Merry Wives of Windsor
- “Puking” - As You Like It
- “Lie low” - Much Ado About Nothing
- ”Dead as a doornail” - Henry VI, Part II
- “Not slept one wink” -
- “Foregone conclusion” - Othello
- “The world’s mine oyster” - The Merry Wives of Windsor
- “Obscene” - Love’s Labour’s Lost
- “Bedazzled” - The Taming of the Shrew
- “In stitches” - Twelfth Night
- “Addiction” - Othello
- ”Naked truth” - Love’s Labour’s Lost
- “Faint-hearted” - Henry VI, Part I
- ”Send him packing” - Henry IV
- “Vanish into thin air” - Othello
- “Swagger” - Henry V
- “Own flesh and blood” - Hamlet
- “Truth will out” - The Merchant of Venice
- “Zany” - Love’s Labour’s Lost
- ”Give the devil his due” - Henry IV, Part I
- ”There’s method in my madness” - Hamlet
- “Salad days” - Antony and Cleopatra
- “Wear your heart on your sleeve” - Othello
- “Spotless reputation” - Richard II
- “Full circle” - King Lear
- “There’s the rub” - Hamlet
- “All of a sudden” - The Taming of the Shrew
- “Come what, come may” - Macbeth
It is normal that there will be people that you don’t click with. That I agree with. But when you attribute this to their typing, then you’re doing them a disservice. Enneagram type is only one aspect of a persons being and if your reasoning uses typing as the sole factor of incompatibility it would be like saying you don’t get along with people who wear green socks.
Furthermore, enneagram types exist mostly at the subconscious level and don’t have to present themselves obviously in behaviours. Unless you specifically interview a person or they type themselves, there’s no definitive way of knowing the other persons type and thus your pinning your lack of connection on an unknown entity.
It’s also not enough to say that you yourself do not get along with other types. The purpose of using the enneagram is to examine your own thought patterns, find the root motivations and fixations and gradually work towards detaching yourself from these. If your using the enneagram to disconnect from other types, you’re doing it wrong.
The reason I say all this is because there was a time when I thought exactly like you are thinking now. I used to think that as a Type 9 I would never be able to get along with Type 8s because of their aggression and dominance. That was until I realised two of my best friends were both Type 8s and we had been friends for so long without many problems at all. My hypothesis couldn’t stand, so I just let it go.
You don’t have to be everyone’s friend, but you shouldn’t use types to limit who you can get along with.
Thank you for your comment.
My friend and I have noticed that we are prejudiced against our disintegration types. Many people also tend to be friends with a certain type. I think it’s okay to notice this as long as you don’t use types as a basis for prejudice. Could even be good if you realize you need to expand your horizons and reach out to different kinds of people. Of course, these biases are influenced by the *kind* of people we know of different types. My friend disintegrates to two and, probably not coincidentally, has at least one very obnoxious and domineering two in her life. I consider threes to be the worst, but that’s likely due to the fact that I’ve known at least two terrible people who were probably threes. Many (but not all) of my friends tend to be the types of my family members.
In which George Blagden is the captain of our E/R ship. (Part 2)
1. Do you ship E/R?
2. Happy to be part of E/R family.
3. His favorite R part. “You will see, you will see.”
4. Happy people can pick up the E/R stuff.
5. “We are drawn to what we lack.”
6. “The stupid flag E carries around.”
Except there aren’t any “good neighbours” left.