I think a lot of people need – and lack – that one hour to ‘convert’ them to Shakespeare, the rhythms, the emotive power of the language, and the characters. TIMON OF ATHENS. The film Coriolanus with Ralph Fiennes was one of the best films I have ever seen with a modern retelling of this story. As Bevington says, Troilus and Cressida is “an amazing play”. It’s perhaps still a bit too much for us. All’s Well is another favorite, as are King John and Love’s Labour’s Lost. It does indeed look as though Coriolanus’ status as an underrated play is not likely to continue for much longer :). He did nothing that day except read Shakespeare, the way a well-trained stage actor would read it. Nobody has known what to do with it: the first printing of it, as a Quarto edition in 1609, labelled it a ‘history’, while the First Folio (printed in 1623) put it with the tragedies. Calpurnia // Julius Caesar. Interesting about the Michael Jackson overtones to Whishaw’s Richard II (got it right that time! His characters are at their most human, his language is at its wittiest and most inventive. Love’s Labour’s Lost. Thanks! Congratulations to good ol’ Calpy for not joining the great tradition of … Shakespeare wasn’t a novelist like Charles Dickens or Stephen King. Bet it would be great in performance, as you outline here. The three main characters Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are dynamic and amazing characters that compliment each other despite their differences. Yes, I’d be keen to hear more about this. to a sidekick. It is now widely regarded as a tragicomedy. Best of all? Also, Roger Daltry, singer for The Who, did a charming job of playing the lead role(s) in “A Comedy of Errors.”, Roger Daltrey in The Comedy of Errors? T. S. Eliot, in his 1919 essay ‘Hamlet and His Problems’, considered Coriolanus a greater achievement than Hamlet (which he considered a failure). That said, their Hamlet edition (Third Series, so not Jenkins’s I don’t think, though I’m not sure) deviates from the best-known version of the play quite a bit, since the editor has made some unusual choices when it’s come to conflating the Q2 text and the Folio version. Helena loves Bertram, who reluctantly marries her on the order of the King of France. He is believed by most academics to have written his very first play, Henry VI, Part One in this year. I feel as though a revival is in order! It’s a little clunky in spots (what do you expect on a 1950s BBC budget?) incestuous, blackmailing lesbian rebel. In college, I watched Love’s Labour’s Lost and found parts of it very funny. Perhaps because I read it, rather than seeing it performed so it went by a bit quicker. I completely agree: there are always new things to be said about Shakespeare, especially as careful close readers are relatively rare. For anyone interested, his edition is wonderful. You might like my audio books of Conrad’s work. I was surprised to see Coriolanus in the list. Hamlet Yes – this is a list of the most underrated plays by Shakespeare. The Two Gentlemen of Verona. your man. Pingback: Confronting the Bard: Shakespeare Rap by Suzanna Lawrence | King Solomon English Blog. I can only echo you here: a great, glorious play, profound and beautifully written, and still so relevant, as you say. Anyone who’s intrigued by the ‘break with Rome’ and Henry’s divorce from Catherine of Aragon should find much to enjoy here. 2 (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare), Coriolanus: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare) by Shakespeare, William 3rd (third) (2011) Paperback, Timon of Athens (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series), “Love’s Labours Lost” (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare), All’s Well That Ends Well (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series), Troilus and Cressida (The Arden Shakespeare), “The Comedy of Errors” (Arden Shakespeare: Second Series), Five Fascinating Facts about Macbeth | Interesting Literature. Meanwhile, the note about Troilus and Cressida doesn’t seem quite right to me, The First Folio printed the play between the tragedies and histories according to David Bevington’s Arden edition you have pictured (I have a digital edition of the Folio from Project Gutenberg that doesn’t have it at all). Daughter to More (DAUGHTER.) well and read more after looking Al Pacinos ‘Looking for Richard’. And do find time to watch Coriolanus … I would love to hear your thoughts on it. “Tumblr” and this shit just got too Great post. I agree with the other blogger’s comment about Titus Andronicus. Wallace Stevens wrote that “death is the mother of A neat idea–but it may have left the audience almost as confused as the characters…. This one is about the Roman leader who conquered the city of Corioles, hence his nickname (or ‘agnomen’) of Coriolanus. The story of Troilus and Cressida does not come from the ancients and has a medieval source; The meaning of the word “pander” I take from the play is “pimp”. As I read through your list, I’m sure I must have seen some of those, but it’s been so long I don’t remember. while reading a Shakespearean comedy. Who knows. Lady More (LADY MORE.) I’m honored since there are so many blogs available. I will be following yours as well. Shakespeare is again believed to have written Henry VI, Part Two and Henry VI, Part III. Well noted, thanks :), Reblogged this on Rosemarie Cawkwell and commented: I will definitely make it a point to read a few of the others! Funny Shakespeare never got around to writing Henry VII. And, of course, the dialogue borrows straight from Shakespeare … Will have to check Stratford/London for new productions in the future. Some were tough to sit through. Romeo and Juliet remains one of the most iconic love stories of all time and remains relevant centuries after the performances in England’s Globe Theatre. I also don’t rate the play much; but then this is a contentious list which I knew people would wish to quibble over, and rightly, too. 2. I notice that you have images of the Arden volumes in your post; would that be your recommended version? Work like that unfortunately gives Hamlet a chance to... 3 one in this play that the Globe burned. 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