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Photo Friday- Jude Law as Hamlet

Those of you who have been following our blog, website, Twitter feed, and/or Facebook page are probably aware that Hamlet is being performed next week here at Shakespeare in Action from December 2-6th. If you didn’t know about our production of Hamlet and/or you’re interested in attending, I highly recommend you read the section on the Shakespeare in Action website on our Hamlet production.

The last time I found a photo of a Shakespeare actor and posted it as the blog’s photo friday, the picture was of Edwin Booth, a Victorian era actor who toured as a leading Shakespeare actor. This time I found a contemporary leading actor, portraying the role of Hamlet.

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Around 2011, Jude Law starred as Hamlet in a Broadway production of Hamlet. It got mixed reviews, but it continued the tradition of A-list Hollywood actors giving theatrical productions renown and a great deal of media attention. Edwin Booth and Jude Law bring identical levels of attention to Shakespeare’s work in a way that’s reflective of their time, which is why I have picture of both of them on the blog. Take a look at the two Hamlet leading actors. Do you see any similarities or differences (besides the time period/setting difference)? Which one fits how you picture the ‘look’ of Hamlet’s lead actor?

If you haven’t seen the Edwin Booth as Hamlet themed photo Friday and you want to compare the two actors here’s the link to that particular blog post, with the photo included: (https://shakespeareinaction.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/photo-friday-hamlet-history/)

Wordy Wednesday – “Every inch a king”

Isn’t it just one of those days that you wish people will randomly break out in song? Better yet, in Shakespeare related song?

You are probably aware of Shakespeare’s legacy on Broadway. Where would “West Side Story” be without Romeo and Juliet? And Cole Porter would be at a loss without Taming of the Shrew inspiring “Kiss Me Kate!” But the Bard has had his lines slipped more subtly into another great Broadway hit, in fact one of the most successful Broadway hits: “The Lion King”.

I was listening to “The Lion King” the other day and (not) singing along to my favourite song “The Madness of King Scar”. Of course there is the nod to Hamlet in Scar’s lament:

“Nobody loved me, there’s the rub, not even as a cub”

but Tim Rice also managed to slip a little bit of King Lear into the song that I hadn’t noticed before.

The song beings:

“I am that rare and awesome thing.

I’m every inch a king…”

which is a reference to Shakespeare’s lines:

Gloucester:
The trick of that voice I do well remember;
Is’t not the King?

Lear:
Ay, every inch a king! (Iv.vi)

How seamlessly Shakespeare’s words and phrases melt into our world!

Happy Wednesday!

Valeo amici.