Measure for Measure

A Grand Day Out – Our Stratford Field Trip!


- Stratford Direct Shuttle Bus -  $20 Toronto-Stratford return! A10am start and a comfortable ride. Photo: L.I.

– Stratford Direct Shuttle Bus –
$20 Toronto-Stratford return!
A 10am start and a comfortable ride – off to see Measure for Measure!
Photo: L.I.


– “The vasty fields of [Ontario]” –
Henry V, Prologue
Photo: L.I.

- Balzac's Coffee Roasters -  For coffee, cider, and chocolate chai! Photo: L.I.

– Balzac’s Coffee Roasters –
For coffee, cider, and chocolate chai!
Photo: L.I.

- Downie Street Burgers -  Cajun Dry Spice, with grilled pineapple, bacon, pineapple mango curry salsa, and Monteray Jack cheese. (Not mine!) Photo: L.I.

– Downie Street Burgers –
Cajun Dry Spice, with grilled pineapple, bacon, pineapple mango curry salsa, and Monteray Jack cheese – not mine!
Photo: L.I.

- Avon Theatre Gift Shop -  Note the Shakespeare Insult Band-Aids. Photo: L.I.

– Avon Theatre Gift Shop –
Photo: L.I.

- Rheo Thompson Candies -  Pretending that we didn't buy a box-full of chocolate gingers and mint smoothies! Photo: L.I.

– Rheo Thompson Candies –
Pretending that we didn’t buy a box-full of chocolate gingers and mint smoothies!
Photo: L.I.

- Watch the Goslings! -  Photo: L.I.

– Watch the Goslings! –
Photo: L.I.

- Under Mother's Wing -  Photo: L.I.

– Under Mother’s Wing –
Photo: L.I.

- In the Rain -

– In the Rain –
“For the rain it raineth every day”
King Lear, III.ii
Photo: Vineeta Moraes

- Rain Upon the Avon -  Photo: L.I.

– Rain Upon the Avon –
Photo: L.I.

What if Shakespeare… ran a HALLOWEEN SHOP?

Something wicked this way comes…


“Come hither, come, come, come!” [1] “Be truly welcome hither” [2]. “Come, go in: / I’ll show thee some attires” [3]. “What is it you will see?” [4] “Be what thou wilt” [5]. “A Persian Prince” [6] “say you sir?” [7] “I like that well” [8].

“This new and gorgeous garment” [9] “fits the purpose passing well” [10]. “Quick, quick! we’ll come dress you straight: put / On the gown the while” [11].  “I do not like the fashion of your garments. / You’ll say they are Persian attire; but / Let them be chang’d” [12].

“Wouldst thou be” [13] “a gallant knight” [14], “attired like a warrior?” [15] “I’ll give thee, friend, / An armour all of gold” [16]. “It well befits you” [17]. “How like you this?” [18] “Pray you, look not sad” [19], “thou shalt have my best gown” [20].

(to attendant) “Come hither, sirrah” [21], “go fetch / My best attires” [22].

“Well, what would you say” [23] “the queen of all the fairies, / Finely attired in a robe of white” [24]. “I pray you, bear with me” [25]. “Fully satisfied” [26] “will I see thee by and by” [27].

(Aside) “Alack, alack, alack!” [28] “What should I do with him?” [29]

(to attendant) “Sirrah, a word with you” [30]. “Let’s go dress him / Like the witch of Brentford” [31].

“Good sir, draw near to me” [32]. “Behold and see” [33] “a wretched creature” [34], “spotted, detested and abominable” [35]. “So wither’d and so wild in their attire / That look not like the inhabitants o’ the earth” [36]. “What say you?” [37] “Is this the guise?” [38]

“Ay, those attires are best” [39]. “I shall give thee” [40] “a bloody mask” [41] “with great ragg’d horns” [42]. “Pray you, come near” [43], “I’ll tell you true” [44], “I am afraid, sir” [45], “to look upon the hideous” [46], “monstrous form” [47] “I see before me” [48].  “I pray thee, mark me” [49] – “with you in this garb” [50] “thou art assured” [51] “to fright the world” [52]. “And yet, I know thou wilt” [53] “win the prize” [54], “for thou look’st” [55] “second to none” [56].

Shakespeare re-arranged by Linda Nicoll

1. Anthony and Cleopatra [V. ii. 3441]
2. As You Like It [II. vii. 1096]
3. Much Ado About Nothing [III. i. 1179-80]
4. Hamlet [V. ii. 4027]
5. Henry VI. P I [V. iii. 2503]
6. The Merchant of Venice [II. i. 540
7. Cymbeline [IV. ii. 2794]
8. Pericles [II. v. 32]
9. Henry IV. P II [V. ii. 3292]
10. Titus Andronicus [II. iii. 819]
11. Merry Wives of Windsor [IV. ii. 2040-41]
12. King Lear [III. vi. 80-82]
13. Anthony and Cleopatra [IV. xiv. 3067]
14. Henry IV. P I [V. iii. 2901]
15. Cymbeline [V. iv. 3168]
16. Anthony and Cleopatra [IV. viii. 2816-17]
17. Henry IV. P II [III. ii. 1934]
18. As You Like It [III. ii. 1133]
19. Anthony and Cleopatra [III. ii. 2128]
20. Pericles [II. i. 741]
21. Measure for Measure [IV. ii. 1886]
22. Anthony and Cleopatra [V. ii. 3673-74]
23. All’s Well That End Well [II. v. 1348]
24. Merry Wives of Windsor [IV. iv. 2269-70]
25. As You Like It [II. iv. 729-30]
26. Henry VIII [II. iv. 1518]
27. Henry IV. P I [V. iv. 3073]
28. A Midsummer Night’s Dream [V. i. 2015]
29. Much Ado About Nothing [II. i. 426]
30. Macbeth [III. i. 1051]
31. Merry Wives of Windsor [IV. ii. 2055-56]
32. Comedy of Errors [V. i. 1436]
33. Anthony and Cleopatra [I. i. 16]
34. Julius Caesar [I. ii. 207]
35. Titus Andronicus [II. iii. 810]
36. Macbeth [I. iii. 140-41]
37. Pericles [II. i. 595]
38. Henry VI. P II [I. iii. 433]
39. Romeo and Juliet [IV. iii. 2549]
40. Anthony and Cleopatra [IV. xii. 2940]
41. Henry IV. P I [III. ii. 1960]
42. Merry Wives of Windsor [IV. iv. 2226]
43. Merry Wives of Windsor [III. iii. 1524]
44. Timon of Athens [I. ii. 582]
45. Taming of the Shrew [V. ii. 2589]
46. Henry IV. P II [II. iii. 1189]
47. Henry IV. P II [IV. ii. 2476]
48. Macbeth [II. i. 611]
49. The Tempest [I. ii. 189]
50. Hamlet [II. ii. 1456]
51. Sonnet 92 [2]
52. Henry VI. P II [III. ii. 1731]
53. Cymbeline [V. v. 3488]
54. Taming of the Shrew [II. i. 1195]
55. Pericles [V. i. 2323]
56. Comedy of Errors [V. i. 1430]

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What if Shakespeare…were a DOCTOR?

“Sit sir. You take things ill which are not so. [1] [You] have that within which passes show, these but the trappings and the suits of woe. [2]

Pray, be not sick! [3] Zounds, how [have you] the leisure to be [4] sick at the heart? [5] I will physic your rankness. [6]

That the lover, sick to death [7], should be a fool, whose skull Jove cram with brains! [8] Remove your thought, it doth abuse your bosom. [9] There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so [10]; so forget to think. [11]

[You] hath ta’en much pain [12] in the strength and height of injury [13] since you set up your rest ‘gainst remedy. [14]

Danger like an ague subtly taints, [15] [but this] is a rupture you may easily heal. [16]

Fetch me that flower. [17] Within the infant rind of this small flower poison hath residence and [18] medicine that’s able to breathe life into a stone. [19] Eat now, [20] [but] friend, you must eat no white bread; if you do, your teeth will bleed extremely. [21]

With good advice and a little medicine  [22] I would cure you [23], [but] you see it is a busy time with me [24], and so I pray you go in God’s name.[25]

Written by: Dr. W. Shakespeare, with brief consultation from gastronomist J. Fletcher.

Re-arranged by: Alex Benarzi

[1] Antony and Cleopatra II.ii

[2] Hamlet I.ii

[3] Cymbeline IV.ii

[4] 1 Henry IV IV.i

[5] Love’s Labour’s Lost II.i

[6] As You Like It I.i

[7] Love’s Labour’s Lost IV.iii

[8] Twelfth Night I.v

[9] Othello IV.ii

[10] Hamlet II.ii

[11] Romeo and Juliet I.i

[12] Henry VIII III.ii

[13] Comedy of Errors V.i

[14] All’s Well That Ends Well II.i

[15] Troilus and Cressida III.iii

[16] Measure for Measure III.i

[17] A Midsummer Night’s Dream II.i

[18] Romeo and Juliet II.iii

[19] All’s Well that Ends Well II.i

[20] The Two Noble Kinsmen III.iii

[21] The Two Noble Kinsmen III.v

[22] 2 Henry IV III.i

[23] As You Like It III.ii

[24] Much Ado About Nothing III.v

[25] 2 Henry VI I.iv

What if Shakespeare…were HARRY POTTER?

Happy Birthday Harry!

We love Shakespeare, we love J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and we could not resist.

‘Tis time to celebrate them together!

[Outside Hogwarts.  Harry, wearing his invisibility cloak, attended by Ron and Hermione]

HARRY:  [To Hermione] ‘Tis time / …Lend thy hand, / And pluck my magic garment from me.  So: [Lays down his invisibility cloak, revealing himself] / Lie there, my art (1).

VOLDEMORT:  Show me [the] one scar character’d on thy skin / …flesh preserved so whole do seldom win (2).

HARRY:  He jests at scars that never felt a wound (3).  [Our wands] are birds of the selfsame feather (4): Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere; / Nor can [the wizard world] brook a double reign, / of Harry [Potter] and [Lord Voldemort] (5).

VOLDEMORT:  I bear a charmed life, which must not yield (6).  Sumbit thee, boy (7).

HARRY:  [Dumbledore’s] soul / Is but a little way above our heads, / Staying for thine to keep him company: / Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him (8).

VOLDEMORT:  Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here, / Shalt with him hence! (9)  Come basilisk, / And kill the innocent gazer with thy sight; / For in the shades of death I shall find joy (10).

HARRY:  Men for their sons, wives for their husbands, / And orphans for their parents’ timeless death – / Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born. / The owl shriek’d at thy birth, – an evil sign. (11).  When every feather sticks in his own wing, / Lord [Voldemort] will be left a naked gull, / Which flashes now a phoenix! (12)

[The battle ensues…]

HARRY:  A feather will turn the scale (13).  [Fawkes criesHarry strikes.]  There stand, [Voldemort disintegrates] / For thou art spell-stopped (14).

Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series; Shakespeare re-arranged by Laboni Islam

1)  The Tempest, I.ii, 111-113

2)  Henry VI, Part II; III.i; 1585-1586

3)  Romeo & Juliet, II.i, 845

4)  Henry VI, Part III; III.iii, 1858

5)  Henry IV, Part I; V.iv; 3023-3025

6)  Macbeth, V.viii, 2489

7)  King John, II.i, 455

8)  Romeo & Juliet, III.i, 1635-1637

9)  Romeo & Juliet, III.i, 1638-1639

10)  Henry VI, Part II; III.ii; 1733-1735

11)  Henry VI, Part III;; 3036-3039

12)  Timon of Athens, II.i, 658-660

13)  Measure for Measure, IV.ii, 1912-1913

14)  The Tempest, V.i, 2089-2090