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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Daniel Radcliffe and Shakespeare


Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe!





He is such a talented actor I am really surprised that he has not acted any Shakespeare.

I found this little article online about how he would like to perform Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and how he might eventually like to do larger roles like Hamlet:


It's odd that he would think that Shakespeare, and the language of the plays is intimidating, and how he is scared about tackling a role like Hamlet.





Daniel seems to like to challenge himself artistically and perform a variety of roles, and prominent roles at that, like in The Cripple of Inishman, Equus and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

I also find it very encouraging that he is attracted to the stage. I think it represents a confidence as an actor that really sets him apart from his peers, and especially at such a young age.

He mentions how he is interested in the roles of Romeo and Mercutio, but I can think of several other roles for him to perform: Demetrius in Midsummer, Laertes in Hamlet, Iago, Ariel in Tempest, Fool in Lear to name a few.

As much as I would love to see him perform Shakespeare on stage, I would hope that he finds an opportunity to be in a future Shakespeare film adaptation.

Like several other UK actors nowadays, like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston, Rory Kinnear, David Tennant, I think Daniel should make Shakespeare a priority in his overall career. It is something that he can return to from time to time across many years.





He would be great in some Shakespeare Solved, too.

I could easily imagine him as one of Shakespeare's friends, and fellow actor.

It would be exciting to see Daniel in Elizabethan dress, performing with the other Lord Chamberlain's Men, later the King's Men. And, I'm sure he would enjoy performing a variety of roles spread across this whole series of Shakespeare Solved films.

Also, it would be a double challenge for him, since he would be playing an Elizabethan actor, and acting these Elizabethan roles. 

But whereas Daniel may find the language of Shakespeare intimidating, it is actually quite easy to perform and understand when it is heard in the original context in which Shakespeare wrote such language.





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