A Small Smattering of Shakespeare

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:

 

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