He promis’d her marriage…

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It was this time of year (and this approximate date) that Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.

Not this one, obviously. There aren't any verified pictures of Shakespeare's Anne...

Not this one, obviously. There aren’t any verified pictures of Shakespeare’s Anne…

Like everything else connected to Shakespeare, the documentary records are incomplete and a somewhat hazy, and a number of myths and legends have built up around the known events. It’s almost as good as a play! Continue reading

He talks at random

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I spotted a couple of Shakespeare-related things today. The first is exciting – the Maxine Peake production of Hamlet has apparently been filmed and will be released to cinemas in 2015 (see here for the full story). The fact that they filmed it after the show had finished probably just means they didn’t think of it earlier, but could mean a bit more originality in the direction/editing than they can normally manage with a filmed production.

The second is amusing – apparently there is a theory that Elizabeth I actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays. I am not generally a fan of authorship conspiracies (not least because so many seem to carry an undercurrent of snobbery – “Shakespeare couldn’t possibly have written the plays himself because he was relatively poor. This nobleman must have done it instead.”) But this one has tickled my funny-bone and I think someone (possibly me) should get on with turning it into a cracking novel…

Maybe the globe is a subtle reference to the playhouse, and not the international might of England after all...

Maybe the globe is a subtle reference to the playhouse, and not the international might of England after all…