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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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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shakespeare and Keira Knightley

Should Keira Knightley do some Shakespeare?

Of course!

She is such a talented actress, I am surprised that she has not already tried the Bard already.

She has had an amazing career, doing everything from action-packed films like the Pirates of the Caribbean series, to romantic dramas like Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and Doctor Zhivago, and so on.

This kind of versatility is rare these days, and I think she likes the adventure of doing something new, something she hasn't done before.

She also seems to enjoy doing period films, like The Imitation Game, and The Duchess -- and more importantly, she fits seamlessly into those periods, as if she really belongs to that time.

I would love to see her in any number of Shakespeare roles, like Cordelia, Desdemona, Beatrice, Lady Macbeth, and so forth.

But I would really love to see her play Kate in Taming of the Shrew, with someone like Clive Owen as Petruchio. Wouldn't that be great? I think it would be funny, and wildly entertaining.

It's one of my favorite Shakespeare plays (I wrote about it recently here) and I think she would enjoy being so brash, and loud, and scary, but at the same time very strong, smart, and more than a match for the insane courageous rascal and love of her life, Petruchio.

But what I would really like is for her to be in this Shakespeare Solved series of films, about the life of Shakespeare, and how he came to London and wrote plays that entertained thousands, and even served both Queen Elizabeth and King James.

There are several characters she could play, but the one that I think would suit her best is a character I invented named Mistress Quickly, who is the most successful brothel madam in London, and one of Shakespeare's greatest friends throughout his lifetime.

The character of Mistress Quickly as I imagine her, is arguably the smartest and most powerful woman Shakespeare ever meets in London, besides the queen herself.

Perhaps the one actor whom I most want to play the part of William Shakespeare in this series of films is Benedict Cumberbatch.

After seeing the excellent work they both did together in The Imitation Game, I am very eager to see them work together on screen.

And as far as I'm concerned, Keira deserved the Oscar for that performance.

What do you think?

Would you like to see her in some Shakespeare, or in this Shakespeare Solved series of films?

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