the muppets

Can Shakespeare be any more fun, you say? Just add some puppets!

By Olesya Komarnytska


Here are some eye-catching past productions, in a variety of media, which brought the Bard’s vision alive with the help of some talented craftsmanship.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington, DC recently mounted this gorgeous Ethan McSweeny production of The Tempest as part of its 2015/16 season. On the surreal set of white sand and wreckage that is Prospero’s island, the actors share the stage with colossal puppets designed by James Ortiz.




The stop motion master Jiří Trnka’s last feature film was the 1959 Sen noci svatojánské (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). In this film, he created expressive stop motion characters within highly detailed landscapes and scenarios that were further brought to life through the classical compositions of Vaclav Trojan. The film was punctuated by some quite comedic moments that couldn’t have been achieved through anything other than stop motion.

Sen noci svatojánské was recently shown as part of TIFF’s Magic Motion: The Art of Stop Motion Animation retrospective.




And of course, this short review wouldn’t be complete without a tip of the hat to The Muppets. I feel the Swedish Chef exhibits a wonderful mastery of the iambic pentameter!







Shakespeare at the Movies- Inside Out

It’s that time again for another Shakespeare at the Movies segment! With such a huge variety of movies released during the summer season, I decided to focus on one that I am personally very excited to see. Inside Out is the latest offering from Pixar, and is being released today. Here are some Shakespeare (and Shakespeare-inspired) projects that the cast has worked on over the years!


Amy Poehler (Joy)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet 2 (2008) as Cricket Feldstein


Diane Lane (Mom)

Appeared in:

  • Twelfth Night (American Repertory Theatre, 1989) as Olivia


Kyle MacLachlan (Dad)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (2000) as Claudius 

attends the Los Angeles Premiere and Party for Disney•Pixar’s INSIDE OUT at El Capitan Theatre on June 8, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Dave Goelz and Frank Oz  (Subconscious Guard Frank and Subconscious Guard Dave)

Dave and Frank have been performers of various characters from Sesame Street and The Muppets for many years, and have appeared in many Shakespeare related sketches. Here are a couple of examples!

Gonzo recites Shakespeare while hanging by his nose:

Monsterpiece Theatre- The Taming of the Shoe:

Have I missed someone? Which of these performances is your favourite? Leave a comment and let us know!