The rest of the internet celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday a few days ago, but I had been told that Shakespeare was born on April 26. Apparently, the exact day of Shakespeare’s birth is unknown, but the day of his christening–April 26–is. So, I choose to mark the Bard’s birthday today, but really, any day is good for reveling in Shakespeare. 🙂
First, how Shakespeare is supposed to sound:
From the BBC’s The Hollow Crown: Richard II:
From Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Henry V:
At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about having Doctor Who play Hamlet (and in a bright orange T-shirt, no less!), but I actually quite enjoyed this soliloquy:
Here, we see Jonjo O’Neill, an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company, giving an incredibly creepy rendition of King Richard’s opening monologue from Richard III. Watch at your own peril.
I saved the best for last. Here’s Orson Welles’s stupendous interpretation of The Merchant of Venice‘s Shylock, captured on his home movie camera: