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Saturday, 12 June 2010

Quote of the Day : June 12th - Shakespeare's Globe

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  June 12th- Shakespeare's Globe

On this day in 1997, a modern reconstruction of the Globe Theatre was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in London. Rebuilt some 200 metres from the site of the original theatre, the almost exact replica - named Shakespeare's Globe - was constucted from same authentic oak & deal timbers and Norfolk reed thatch.

Shakespeare's Globe is the third such theatre to be built in the vicinity of Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames. The first was built in 1599 by William Shakespeare's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men, and was destroyed by fire in 1613. A replacement was built on the same site a year later and finally closed down in 1642.

In celebration of the Globe and William Shakespeare's stage craft, here are a few relevant quotations ...

"You would no sooner ask me to play Shakespeare away from the Globe than you'd ask some rock star to make his new record on eight-track tape."
Mark Rylance
- first Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe

In a 2007 Doctor Who adventure - The Shakespeare Code - the Doctor and his assistant Martha discover that the Globe has fourteen sides ...
The Doctor: "Fourteen. Why does that ring a bell? Fourteen."
Martha: "There’s fourteen lines in a sonnet."
The Doctor: "So there is. Good point. Words and shapes, following the same design. Fourteen lines, fourteen sides, fourteen facets… Oh, my head… tetradecagon… Think, think, think. Words, letters, numbers, lines."
Shakespeare: "This is just a theatre."
The Doctor: "Oh, yeah, but the theatre’s magic, isn’t it? You should know, stand on this stage, say the right words with the right emphasis at the right time … oh, you can make men weep, or cry with joy. Change them. You can change people’s minds just with words in this place. And if you exaggerate that ... "
Martha: "It’s like your police box. Small wooden box with all that power inside."
The Doctor: "Oh, oh, Martha Jones, I like you."

Reviewing Baz Luhrman’s 1996 film based on a classic Shakespeare play, critic Jay Carr of The Boston Globe [no relation] wrote ...
"Romeo and Juliet isn't deep. But it must ride a rush of believable emotions that seem freshly minted. They certainly needn't be restricted to actors wearing tights and tunics. This version, however, seems little more than a long, revved-up jeans ad."

One of Shakespeare's more famous lines - from As You Like It - relates to the theatre being a metaphor for life in general ...

"All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players."

Like much about Shakespeare, this classic line has been requoted and misquoted over the years ...

"All the world's a stage, but the play is badly cast."
Oscar Wilde

"All the world's a stage, we act but can't rehearse."
David McCord, Ultimate Necessity (1941)

"All the world's a stage, and most of us are desperately under-rehearsed."
Sean O'Casey

"If all the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players, where do the audiences come from?"
Denis Nordern

For more quotes about the Bard ...  look out for the forthcoming book The Complete Quirks of Shakespeare

For more quotes about Dr Who ...  look out for the forthcoming book The Quotable Doctor Who

For more misquotations and requotations ...  
look out for the forthcoming book Duckbilled Platitudes - Misquotable Quotables

to be published by Blue Eyed Books

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