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Shakespeare’s Words…That Didn’t Catch On

Much has been talked about Shakespeare’s innovation with words – particularly his creation of thousands of words and phrases now in common usage as part of the English language. However, even Shakespeare was capable of the odd stinker…did you know that for all of Shakespeare’s newly invented phrases and words in use, there are plenty […]

Shakespeare vs. Dr Seuss

We recently stumbled across the rather amusing “Epic Rap Battles of History”. In at number 12 was the Shakespeare vs Dr Seuss battle. For those who aren’t acquanted with battle rapping, it’s a freestyle rapping competition between two or more rappers in front of an audience, with the aim of insulting the other rappers in […]

Shall I Compare Thee…To A Toddler?

There’s nothing wrong with starting on Shakespeare young… but reciting a Shakespeare sonnet word-for-word at the age of two? Check out this little guy reciting Shakespeare’s most famous sonnet – number 18, “Shall I Compare Thee To Summer’s Day?”. Pretty incredible stuff!   What’s the best thing you could recite when you were two years […]

New Documentary on Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon

We just came across this high-quality documentary on Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon, made by UK  film production company Alpha Star Productions. The documentary is a walk  through Shakespeare’s life in Stratford - from the house in which he he was born to the church in which he was buried – and explores the life he lived in the […]

Is It Hip Hop Or Shakespeare?

A quick pop quiz for you, do you think the quotes below words are from a hip hop track or Shakespeare play? “To destroy the beauty from which one came” “Maybe it’s hatred I spew, maybe it’s food for the spirit” “Men would rather use their broken records than their bear hands” “I was not […]

Shakespeare’s Inspiration for Romeo & Juliet?

There are various rumors as to whether Shakespeare suffered from writers block or not. Some sources claim Shakespeare wrote quickly with ease – his contemporary Ben Jonson said “Whatsoever he penned, he never blotted out a line.” However, there is evidence of Shakespeare revising and crossing out his work in one scene he wrote for  Sir Thomas More, a […]

The Twelve Days of Shakespeare’s Christmas

Full festive marks to the American Shakespeare Centre for their inspirational “12 Days of Christmas” with a Shakespeare twist! They ran a poll over a few weeks to get lyrics ideas for each day from their facebook fans, then picked the best to put to a rousing performance. Click play and check it out: If […]