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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Shakespeare In Love, On Stage?

A new stage version of 1996 film Shakespeare In Love is coming to London’s West End next year.

As this article in The Hollywood Reporter says: “The plot follows Shakespeare as he grapples with writer's block while struggling to come up with an idea for his next play commission.”
It often seems to me that we all grapple with Shakespeare Block, meaning that we are struggling to come up with a new way to produce Shakespeare’s plays.
Don’t get me wrong. I liked the 1996 film with Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes. They were very good, and the film is very romantic. But it takes the life of and work of William Shakespeare and turns it into a Disney fantasy.
(Fun fact: the 1996 film was made by Miramax Films, which was owned by The Walt Disney Company at the time.)
I remember reading last year that Miramax Films still wants to make a sequel to Shakespeare In Love.
I think they should.
But I also asked when will William Shakespeare’s life and work get a serious treatment like Mozart got in the film Amadeus?

Shakespeare In Love is a light romantic drama. When will we get the real -- and much more compelling true story of William Shakespeare?

My versions of the plays not only solve the mysteries surrounding them, but also tell a much more truthful story of his life.

I hope this new stage version of Shakespeare In Love is successful, because as far as I’m concerned, there is no such thing as too much Shakespeare.
I am always eager to see a new production and version of his plays, whether it is on stage or screen.

In this new stage version, I don't envy the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth. Dame Judi Dench is a hard act to follow! 

What do you think?