Talk Like Shakespeare Day, April 23rd

William Shakespeare April 23 1564-April 23 1616 To honor the birth of this genius we have all agreed to talk like the Bard, or failing that, butcher his poetry for the sake of a few laughs. Talk Like Shakespeare Day HQ Chicago Shakespeare Theatre supplies you with DIY Elizabethan ruff and Shakespeare mask projects.  If you don't […]

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Celebrate Shakespeare 400 Chicago Day

As You Like It

April 23, 2016 has been proclaimed by Mayor Emanuel as Shakespeare 400 Chicago Day. This day celebrates both the birth and death anniversaries of the playwright, and encourages all Chicagoans to enjoy his lasting influence. Happily, Mother Nature seems to be celebrating too. With warmer weather and daffodils in bloom, has Chicago's typical winter of discontent finally made way for […]

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If It Weren’t for Shakespeare…Ten Book Titles That Quote Shakespeare

Cover of The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet by Myrlin A. Hermes. Portrait of Hamlet seen as a young renaissance artist/poet.

William Shakespeare had that certain type of genius. He could basically steal from disparate sources and make something brand new. He is said to have lifted from Holinshed's Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland, The Danish History of Saxo Gramaticus' Gesta Danorum, Seneca, Plutarch, Giovanni Boccacio, Arthur Brooke (or Broke,) Thomas Kyd, and local folktales. But, it's as if he invented the […]

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know Shakespeare?

drawing of William Shakespeare

“To be, or not to be, that is the question.”—Hamlet While Hamlet had only one question, we have 13 for you: See how well you know William Shakespeare with our quiz created by bloggers B. Bruins, Jeff, Mara, Michelle, MsCaroline, Sarah and Stephen.  

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The Bard in Bollywood: 3 Hindi Hits Inspired by Shakespeare

Ram-Leela Bollywood film poster: barechested male embraces female, wind blowing her hair back

Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare's harshest critic, gave him his most meaningful epitaph: "He was not of an age, but for all time." Shakespeare has been quite naturally adapted for film: the plays were meant to be heard and watched. This people pleaser had a keen notion of attention span: "Things in motion sooner catch the eye than […]

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Beware the Ides of March

Booth brothers in Julius Caesar

"Beware the Ides of March," warns the Soothsayer in Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, as the midpoint of the month, the Ides, approaches. This famous line foretells Caesar's murder, an historic event that took place on March 15, 44 BCE. While it's not performed often, many productions of Julius Caesar have been staged in Chicago. On […]

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Decoding Shakespeare: A Guide for Teens

Source: scottchene, Flickr

Even though studying Shakespeare is often a source of grumbling among teens, I have a secret for you - Shakespeare is hilarious! Shakespeare wrote for the common people, not for the rich folks we associate with his work today. His plays are full of dirty jokes and epic slams that will have you rolling on the […]

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An Honest Tale Speeds Best: Skakespeare’s Influence in Recent Media

An actor playing Richard III

Shakespeare’s timeless stories are a frequent inspiration, even centuries after they were first written. (or borrowed or adapted, depending on who you ask!) For example, the slogan for Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming”, is similar to the first line in Richard III, “Now is the winter of our discontent”. As we prepare for our discussion and […]

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William Shakespeare Changed the World—You Quote Shakespeare When You.…

...use many of the phrases that William Shakespeare coined. If it weren’t for the Bard your language would be less colorful.  But as he was born, lived, loved, wrote, invented, or stole... ...You quote Shakespeare when you say: I waited with “Bated breath” — (The Merchant of Venice. I.iii.456) Something is the “Be-all and the end-all” — (Macbeth. I.vii.478) […]

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#TBT: Hamlet, a Woman?

Hamlet at McVicker's Theatre starring Anna Dickinson, 01-30-1882

In Shakespeare’s day, only men acted in his plays, even playing female characters. 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, and over the centuries, things have changed. Men and women have played both male and female parts—I even saw an all-female cast of Henry V back in high school. But that was actually nothing new. […]

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