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, January 13, 2015

Eddie Redmayne and Shakespeare

Wouldn’t Eddie Redmayne be great in some Shakespeare?

Yes! Absolutely!

After all, his professional stage debut was as Viola in Twelfth Night, for the Shakespeare’s Globe production which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the play’s first performance in early 1602.

If you haven't seen the Globe's Twelfth Night, you should definitely buy the DVD. Here is my review of the production when it was taken to Broadway in 2013, and for which Mark Rylance won the Tony Award for Best Actor.

As Viola, with Mark Rylance as Olivia

And very recently he played Richard II at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Michael Grandage.

And… he looks great and is a great actor in Elizabethan period films like Elizabeth: The Golden Age, as Athony Babington, pictured here:

And years before that he was fantastic as the Earl of Southampton (who was most probably Shakespeare's patron) with Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth I, in the series Elizabeth I:

I do hope that he continues to do Shakespeare on stage, and it would be very exciting if he did a film adaptation.

But I think he would be fantastic in my series of Shakespeare Solved films, as one of Shakespeare’s fellow actors in the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, and later as the King’s Men.

He would be a great Henry Condell, who was one of Shakespeare’s closest friends, and greatest actors — and who was responsible, with John Heminges, in creating the First Folio. Even though we don’t know which roles the actors performed, I think Condell was the original Bassanio in Merchant of Venice, and the original Claudius in Hamlet.

It would be exciting to see Eddie in this series of films, performing in the plays as they would have been originally staged, with some of the other great actors of his generation, like Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch — and who all seem to relish the opportunity to do Shakespeare.

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