Shakespeare Speeches: Henry IV

A more editorial Wednesday than most, but I wanted to get to Henry IV Part I!

Today’s topic:
Henry IV berates Prince Hal in Henry IV, Part I- but there is more to this speech than meets the eye, and finding that out involves discussion of the prequel, Richard II! The clip here is from “The Hollow Crown”, and I will be examining the full clip this Friday in the same vein as the Richard II clip breakdown from last week.

“The Hollow Crown” trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4N9-4vhYVU

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Shakespeare News: Richard II Clip

Cassius dissects the clip of the upcoming Richard II starring Ben Whishaw as Richard and Patrick Stewart as John Gaunt (coming soon on the BBC and then PBS for those of us on this side of the pond – more details forthcoming). This scene is from Act II Scene I, where Gaunt yells at Richard for being a terrible king, and things get really tense! To watch the clip without my interruptions: http://cassius614.tumblr.com/post/23462416866/renkris-pbab-king-richard-ii-i-am-in-health

And remember, if you have any questions about Shakespeare that you’d like answered on the site, let me know at Cassius614@gmail.com!

Shakespeare Speaks!

Shakespeare Speaks is the new language segment, which will largely be a Wednesday experience (yay fact-y day). I promise that this is the longest/wonkiest it will ever get, I just really wanted to get this out of the way. I promise the video is worth it for the credits’ song choice. Promise. And again, the language segment will get shorter/snappier/less-wonky over time, I just wanted to make this point quickly before getting into more bite-size issues. If you have any questions about Shakespeare that you’d like answered on the show, be sure to email me at Cassius614@gmail.com!

Shakespeare Answers: What About Fleance?

Cassius takes on the question of Fleance – why isn’t he in the finale of Macbeth? Should he be? Cassius doesn’t think so.

And as promised, a link to the Slings and Arrows season 2 theme – if you haven’t seen the show, just see this intro and try to resist this hilarious show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPpTR1hXekQ

Remember, if you have any questions about Shakespeare that you’d like answered on the site, let me know at Cassius614@gmail.com!

Shakespeare News: The Tempest on Screen

Christopher Plummer is Prospero in “The Tempest”, coming to movie theaters near you for one day only: June 14th, 7pm local time. Here are a few reasons why you should check it out if you’re in the US, and there’s a trailer and list of movie theaters at the link below: http://thetempesthd.com/

Remember, if you have any Shakespeare questions, run them by me at Cassius614@gmail.com!

Why Isn’t Hamlet the King?

Hey everyone, join me for Episode one of “Shakespeare Answers,” where we will be discussing an issue that comes to us from the world of Hamlet (and the inquisitive mind of my friend Ben Ehrenreich). And remember, if you have any questions like this that you’d like answered on the show, drop me a line at Cassius614@gmail.com.