SHAKESPEARE'S STRANGEST TALES


SHAKESPEARE'S STRANGEST TALES

IAIN SPRAGG    Book Number: 87647    Product format: Paperback

Did you know that more than 200 operas are based on the works of Shakespeare, three alone from Verdi? The brouhaha about the Bard's sexuality all kicked off in 1780 when a chap called Edmund Malone published a reprint of a collection of Shakespeare's poems and sonnets, reverting back all the pronouns to their masculine rather than feminine form, 'hes' to 'shes' which made Will look a little gay. It became evident that Shakespeare had addressed 126 sonnets to someone described as both Fair Lord and Fair Youth and his poems were dedicated to an enigmatic Mr W.H., 'Master-mistress of my passion' in Sonnet 20. These extraordinary true tales are a packed playbill of curious stories from four centuries of staging Shakespeare. When exactly was his birthday? Where did the phrase 'break a leg' come from? Who was stabbed during an Am-Dram curtain call? Read about W. S. Gilbert who endured what was apparently a turgid portrayal of Hamlet by an actor by the name of Herbert Beebhom Tree. 90 two-to-three page anecdotes to amuse and amaze range from John's Dream Job in 1557, the Secret Seduction 1602, Gastrell's Architectural Gaff 1759, Dickens and the Showman 1847, A Merseyside Summer 1964, Macbeth Stripped Bare 2007 and Plastic Not Always Fantastic 2015 with a lookalike Shakespeare convention in Florida with a $5,000 cash prize for the winner. Quotes, 248pp in softback.
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ISBN 9781910232903
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