Shakespeare Solved ®

Shakespeare Solved ® is a forthcoming series of novels that covers the Bard's entire life and work.

These novels solve the mysteries surrounding Shakespeare by transporting us back in time, to walk in his shoes, and see his world through his eyes.

Only when we see Shakespeare in his original historical context can we understand what his plays and poems really mean.

This blog explains some of my ideas and discoveries, to prepare for this series of novels.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Happy Birthday Shakespeare!

What's your Shakespeare Wish?

I was thinking of ways to celebrate April 23rd -- the day that we traditionally observe Shakespeare’s birthday, and the same day that Shakespeare died.

And then I thought why not make a Shakespeare Wish?

Then tell everyone you know to make a Shakespeare Wish!

What is a Shakespeare Wish?

Your Shakespeare Wish can be just about anything -- as long as it brings a little more Shakespeare into your life.

If you are a student:

You can make a Shakespeare Wish for a copy of a play you don’t already have. 

Yes, you can read all of the plays online -- but wouldn’t you like to have your own copy of the play, just for you? I always like having my own copy so I can write in it, and make that copy unlike any other book in the world.

You can make a Shakespeare Wish for a film version of a Shakespeare play -- a DVD or Blu-ray copy of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, or Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet, or Ian McKellen as King Lear, or Ralph Fiennes as Coriolanus, etc.

You can make your Shakespeare Wish wish to your mother, or father, or sibling, or someone in your family, or a friend.

Try this -- make a Shakespeare Wish with some friends or family to read a play together. If you live close to each other, you can read the parts out loud or even act them out. If you are not nearby to each other, then you can read them separately. You can even make your own Shakespeare Club.

Many years ago I did this with my father and brother. We lived far from each other, so we read some plays separately, and we called each other on the phone to talk about the plays. It was fun, and it gave us a reason to call each other. It was our own personal Shakespeare club. I even made hats!

If you are a parent:

You can make a Shakespeare Wish to your children to read more Shakespeare. And why not read it together? 

You can watch a DVD instead, but you would be surprised how fun the language is to read together!

There are so many kinds of Shakespeare Wishes you could make today:

Is there a Shakespeare production on stage you really want to see?

Perhaps something from the Globe Theatre On Tour or what about from the Globe Theatre On Screen, starting in June?

Maybe you want to visit Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time? 

You can see the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of As You Like It while you’re there:

Maybe you want tickets to Much Ado About Nothing at the Old Vic, starring James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, and directed by Mark Rylance?

Maybe you want to see Orlando Bloom as Romeo on Broadway?

If you are in Washington DC, you can see Coriolanus at the Shakespeare Theatre Company:

And you can see Twelfth Night at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre:

Or maybe there is some theatre local to you. Make a Shakespeare Wish with your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or with someone in your family, or one of your friends.

Don’t let the opportunity pass you by! Go see some live Shakespeare!

Do you want someone to help you learn a Sonnet? Make a Shakespeare Wish.

Do you want someone you love to learn a Sonnet to recite to you? Make a Shakespeare Wish.

Are you an actor and you need help learning some lines, or rehearse your part? Make a Shakespeare Wish.

Wouldn’t it be fun to make this a yearly tradition? You can make a different Shakespeare Wish every year!

Please let me know what your Shakespeare Wish is. You can post a comment here on this blog.

Or you can Tweet it -- or post it on Facebook, or on Google Plus.

I would love to hear from all of you!

And -- if someone makes a Shakespeare Wish to you, you have to honor it. 

Please do your best to make their Shakespeare Wish come true!

What’s my Shakespeare Wish?

My Shakespeare Wish is for all of you reading this to make a Shakespeare Wish.

Why am I doing this?

Because I want everyone to read more, and see more Shakespeare.

The more we do that, the more we will understand his plays.

All of us know something about Shakespeare’s plays, like a line or a scene, or a character.

But very few of us have read all of his plays, or seen all of the movies based on his plays, and can travel to see all of the stage productions.

Also, very few people know anything about Shakespeare’s life.

Over the last year, I have been writing on this blog about different moments in Shakespeare’s life:

Did you know that it was a miracle that he was even born?

Do you know anything about the love of his life, Anne?

Did you know that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in response to the death of his friend and patron, the Earl of Essex -- who was executed for leading a rebellion against Queen Elizabeth?

I created this blog on 28 April 2012, and as I am writing these words, the blog has been viewed 78,000 times!

I made a Facebook Page -- with 13,000 followers in one year!

I made a Twitter account, a Tumblr page, and even a Pinterest page!

I am so excited that so many people are engaged in Shakespeare Solved, and I am so grateful for all of the great comments, feedback and support from people from all over the world!

There are people from as far away as Queensland Australia to Tunis Tunisia all coming together to learn more about Shakespeare -- not just his plays but about his life, too.

You are all changing the world, with each Facebook Like and Tweet.

I created the blog and all the other social media pages because because I have written new versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice. I am working on a new version of Othello right now.

These new versions take us back in time to see the plays as they were first performed, by Shakespeare himself and his fellow actors.

When we see the plays this way, the plays become much easier to understand, and the mysteries surrounding them are solved for the first time.

It is my ambition that my new versions of these plays will be turned into films -- and starring as many of the greatest actors and actresses in the UK as possible.

I have written about many of these actors. I did this so to share my vision of these new films.

But in the meantime, I ask you read this blog, and continue to follow Shakespeare Solved. I ask you to tell as many people as possible -- your family and friends -- about this new way of seeing Shakespeare differently.

Because if you want to celebrate Shakespeare -- we should celebrate not just plays but the incredible life he lived!


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