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Re: What is your favorite play by Shakespeare?

Post by Kieran_Obrien » 01 Feb 2018, 06:04

Romeo and Juliet for sure. Read it first when I was about 15 and loved it; I think it might be why I'm such a sappy person these days 😂

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Post by Lincolnshirelass » 02 Feb 2018, 05:36

Please may I open a side-alley on this and ask about your LEAST favourite Shakespeare play? For me it has to be 'As You Like It' - though I am prepared to admit it may date way back to having it taught excruciatingly badly at school, perhaps if I saw a really good production of it it might help. Ironically, Rosalind is one of my favourite names!
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Post by swirlofink » 04 Feb 2018, 15:54

My favorite Shakespeare play is Much Ado About Nothing. I read it and watched a movie adaption my senior year of high school and I just liked how fun it was. I think it fit well with the trend in literature that was heavily rising then, with the sarcastic witty women protagonists. At least for me that's how it felt.

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Post by Catia » 04 Feb 2018, 19:35

Romeo and Juliet is my least favourite, probably because it's the most mistreated in films, remaking, having the story flaunted at every occasion.
The Taming Of The Shrew is my favourite, maybe because I see a bit of myself in it :o :D
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Post by Strongbob25 » 06 Feb 2018, 11:00

I actually really started to enjoy some of the histories over the last few years. Richard III and Henry V are epic, funny, sad, and everything you want from a good play all together.

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Post by uyky » 08 Feb 2018, 14:50

It must be Hamlet for me. I connected with it the most at the time I was reading his books.

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Post by Destiny12 » 13 Feb 2018, 09:00

ROMEO AND JULIET

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Post by Libs_Books » 27 Feb 2018, 01:53

Lincolnshirelass wrote:
02 Feb 2018, 05:36
Please may I open a side-alley on this and ask about your LEAST favourite Shakespeare play? For me it has to be 'As You Like It' - though I am prepared to admit it may date way back to having it taught excruciatingly badly at school, perhaps if I saw a really good production of it it might help. Ironically, Rosalind is one of my favourite names!
My least favourite is Titus Andronicus - too gory.
I'm quite a fan of As You Like It, so I'm sorry you were put off it at school, but my favourite comedy is Twelfth Night. I could watch that again and again.

Tragedies? There's a special place in my heart for King Lear which I did at A level, but I also love Hamlet and Macbeth.

The play I most enjoy teaching is Measure for Measure.

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Post by Samy Lax » 27 Feb 2018, 02:31

I am a fan of A Midsummer Night's Dream - due to a lot personal reasons. The most important being that I have been part of this performance once. This one is certainly better than Romeo and Juliet. Personally, I care more about these characters than those in the other plays.
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Post by qsusan » 01 Mar 2018, 20:53

My favourite is the most commonly known Romeo and Juliet. It is highly amusing to read.
Lets take Romeo, everyone's romance hero throws Rosamund out of heart, minc and sight for Juliet's beauty (he fell for Juliet at first sight). Even more amusing are the serenades at windowsills from our unfaithful hero. If i were Juliet, i would say "lt's great that you love me but couldn't you do this declaration of love and identity debate at a more reasonable hour of the day?"
Moving on to our female lead, Juliet stabs herself to follow Romeo in death which I must admit took great compunction. But the lesson? If you ever need to fake your death please do make sure your messages to your loved ones dont get lost. Failing that, please try to think of treating them and doctors before you start kissing.
I love Romeo and juliet. It is the best comedy written by Shakespeare.

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Post by EricaWilson » 05 Mar 2018, 23:25

I would definitely say Macbeth. I love the play between ambition and morality. The reversal of roles between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth was also very interesting. Guilt eventually overtook Lady Macbeth, whereas the taste of power only skewed the line between right and wrong for Macbeth. I thought that this greatly demonstrated just how power can change a person.

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Post by SparklesonPages » 07 Mar 2018, 01:28

Of all his plays the one I most enjoyed was The Merchant of Venice. I was enamored by the cleverness of the story.
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Post by Hildehraefen » 08 Mar 2018, 16:57

My favorite Shakespeare play is The Tragedy of Richard II. I like how the book explores the concept of what it means to be human, and for the king, what his identity is as a person and a king. I also found how it portrayed the switch from succession through divine right to succession by power to be an interesting concept, something I had not thought about before.

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Post by GabbiV » 11 Mar 2018, 20:48

Of the comedies, I love Much Ado About Nothing for the David Tennant and Catherine Tate rendition.

Otherwise, because I read it at the right time, Hamlet has my heart. However, I haven't gone through all of Shakespeare so this is my tentative answer for now.

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Post by Camille Turner » 12 Mar 2018, 09:21

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" is my favorite! I love the setting and the characters and the tricks Puck plays on everyone.

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