Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August 2016

Hamlet is back. We’ve read the play again and seen several spin-offs and films. You can read some of the reviews on my movie blog (see links below).  Unlike last time we did Hamlet, I’m not agonising about what to write but since my plan involves the movies it will be a while because we have several left to watch. But next month I should be able to post a new text on Hamlet. This month what I have to offer is a ‘book of interest’ (see below).

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From Davis and Frankforter’s The Shakespeare Name Dictionary:
  • Z. As you know it’s the last letter of the English alphabet so this will be the last entry under this heading. And the Shakespeare connection? It’s a lovely one: Kent, in King Lear, calls Oswald ‘whoreson Z, thou unnecessary letter.’ Poor Oswald. Poor Z. How would we write zoo or zoom or buzz without you? 

Shakespeare sightings:
  • In the novel And Another Thing by Eoin Colfer (Part Six of Three in the Hitchhiker’s Guide series, written as a tribute to Douglas Adams) a bird spoke in a voice that reminded the hearer of the actor who had played Othello at the Globe. Sadly, though I loved the Hitchhiker’s Guide books, I did not finish this one. It just wasn’t the same.
  • In the book This New Noise by Charlotte Higgins, about the history of the BBC, the first general manager John Reith had the goal of developing the BBC to ‘show that mankind is a unity…for the good of all…[The wireless] ignores the puny and often artificial barriers which have estranged men from their fellows. It will soon take continents in its stride…It will cast a girdle round the earth with bands that are all the stronger because invisible.’ Higgins points out that ‘Reith was drawing on Shakespeare: it was Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream who boasted that he could “put a girdle round the earth”. Reith cast himself as magician – more Prospero than Puck…’
  • In the excellent and sad series River starring Sweden’s pride Stellan Skarsgård and the wonderful Nicola Walker I’ve noted two sightings:
    • In the first episode a copy of Romeo and Juliet is found amongst the murder victim’s belongings. Later this proves to be a vital clue to discovering two teens in a suicide pact.
    • River follows his psychiatrist across the Millennium bridge and I say to Hal: ‘They must be going to the Globe.’ As indeed they are. And there we suddenly are, feeling right at home. They don’t show enough of the play that we can identify it but it is lovely to get a glimpse.
  • In the musical The Music Man, which is one of my favourites and which we watched again recently, there are some classic sightings:
    • Marian’s mother says when telling Marian not to be so fussy about her choice of men that she shouldn’t concentrate on ‘Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other high-falutin’ Greeks.’
    • Marian counters with her modest demands on a man: ‘And if occasionally he ponders what makes Shakespeare and Beethoven great, him I could live ‘til I die…’
    • Professor Harold Hill sings of his hometown (well, probably not really, most of what he says is a lie) Gary, Indiana, that the name, ‘as Shakespeare would say, trips along the tongue this way.’
    • Tommy and Zaneeta are reading Romeo and Juliet while Professor Hill sings ‘Marian the Librarian.’
    • Professor Hill again: ‘A coward dies a thousand deaths, a brave man…only five hundred.’
  • A report on the Hong Kong Book Fair on Kulturnytt showed a picture of Shakespeare.
  • In the sci-fi novel Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, as starvation threatens on the spaceship headed back to Earth, Freya tells the others stories to keep their spirits up, stories of survival like Shackleton and Robinson Crusoe and Swiss Family Robinson and the computer narrating this part of the novel says, ‘… it was hope she was trying to fill them with. We happy few. Hope, yes, of course, there is hope…But hope needs food. Helpful as hopeful stories might be, you can’t eat stories.’
  • In the novel The Likeness by Tana French
    • Abby is asleep in the bath in her pyjamas ‘like some postmodern Ophelia.’
    • Daniel talks about old herb gardens and suggests they make a Shakespeare salad.
    • Trying to encourage her friends to indulge in a drunken binge Abby says to Lexie that though Daniel is drunk and analysing Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream he’s not yet drunk enough.
    • On the same drunken binge Rafe claims that Henry V ‘…was a raving psycho…All that heroic Shakespeare stuff was pure propaganda.’
    • Daniel continues to rant on this binge but claims he’s speaking in monologues: ‘If Hamlet can have them, why can’t I?’
    • Abby tells Lexie about the first time she met Rafe. He came into the lecture room, soaked from the rain, and she said, ‘Check it out, it’s King Lear.’
    • After the stabbing and Daniel won’t allow them to move the knife and they are all near hysterics and Rafe is twitching and looking as though the knife were hovering in mid-air, Rafe denies his twitchiness: ‘Oh, for God’s sake. Bloody Lady Macbeth - ’
  • Even more sightings in Helene Hanff’s 84 Charing Cross Road/The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street:
    • To her friend Maxine in London Helene writes, ‘Write to me about London – the tube, the Inns of Court, Mayfair, the corner where the Globe stood…’ This was before the now-standing Globe existed.
    • Her friends Ginny and Ed send a postcard from Stratford: ‘Thought you’d like to see the house where your Sweet-William was born.’
    • Frank writes: ‘We are sending off by Book Post today the Johnson on Shakespeare…with introduction by Walter Raleigh.’
    • Helene writes to Frank: ‘…enough Chaucer-made-easy, it has the schoolroom smell of Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare.’
    • Helene: ‘I wanted to see London the way old people want to see home before they die…this was natural in a writer and booklover born to the language of Shakespeare…’
    • When Helene finally gets to London a friend ‘drove me to the corner where the Globe Theatre stood. Nothing is there now, the lot is empty, I made him stop the car and I got out and stood on that empty lot and I thought the top of my head would come off…He took me to a pub called the George, and as he opened the door for me he said…’Shakespeare used to come here.’ I mean I went through a door Shakespeare once went through, and into a pub he knew…I leaned my head back, against a wall Shakespeare’s head once touched…’ And as she looks around at the people Helene sees Justice Shallow, Bottom the Weaver, a sharp-faced Bardolph and a laughing Mistress Quickly.
    • Tourist exhaustion prevents Helene from queuing for last minute tickets to Peter Brook’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream but she is later invited by a new friend who had tickets left over.
    • She describes reading Arthur Quiller-Couch who takes it for granted that all of his readers know all the Shakespeare plays.
    • Before going to Stratford-upon-Avon she finds herself surprising to be excited because ‘to me, Shakespeare was born in the Globe Theatre.’ 

Further since last time: 

Posted this month
  • ‘Book of Interest’. Peter Brook’s Quality of Mercy
  • This report





                 

The Quality of Mercy by Peter Brook

The Quality of Mercy – reflections on Shakespeare by Peter Brook
  
Having recently seen for the second time Peter Brook’s wonderful production of Hamlet with Adrian Lester in the title role I became inspired to read this little book bought a few months ago.
             It is a modest collection of essays and all the more interesting for its modesty. In the first essay Brook calmly refutes the silly notion that someone else wrote Shakespeare by pointing out that these plays had to have been written by someone who spent every waking hour working in the theatre and, quite simply, none of the other candidates spent all that much time in the theatre at all. He concludes with the simple statement that the question is out of date.
            In another he describes his problems with producing a Romeo and Juliet with young actors, breaking with the tradition that only experienced older actors could handle the challenge, but how it all became stiff anyway because of sticking too faithfully to each scene and losing the flow of the whole.
            Titus, Lear, Prospero all make their appearances and Brook ends his book thus: ‘Shakespeare. Quality. Form. This is where our work begins. It can never end.’
            A most pleasant read.
           

            

Monday, July 4, 2016

July 2016

April was a Shakespeare month. June was for my alter ego, Rhuddem Gwelin, a Merlin month with a lecture on Merlin at Fantastika, the Stockholm sci-fi/fantasy congress. Connection to Shakespeare? Shakespeare was of course mentioned in the lecture. Earlier, I ran into a Shakespeare friend who is also a neighbour and he asked, ‘Is it possible to love both Shakespeare and sci-fi/fantasy?’ Well – yeah! He shouldn’t have had to ask, since he does. He was amazed to find another. I’m sure we number in the millions!
But now to the report on June.  As always, though, I will start with a reminder that Shakespeare Calling – the book is available for purchase and I appreciate all your support.

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From Davis and Frankforter’s The Shakespeare Name Dictionary:
  • York was the site of a Roman camp and there was a bishop there in the 4th century. It was one of England’s biggest cities in the Middle Ages. In the War of the Roses its symbol was the white rose. 

Shakespeare sightings:
  • In the old series from the 70’s Rock Follies, Q, one of the members of the rock group, says, ‘This is not the civilised utopia of Shakespeare recordings, this is the world of rock music.’ Later their new manager Kitty says to Anna who wants to sing her own songs, ‘Shakespeare wrote Lady Macbeth but he didn’t play her.’
  • Dagens Nyheter
    • Has a translation of an article by Nicholas Kristof about reading girls conquering the world in which Virginia Wolff’s observation about Shakespeare’s sister is mentioned.
    • Has a review of Measure for Measure, now being performed at the Roma Theatre on Gotland, and calls it light, saucy and crisp, a sharp comedy about double morality.
    • Mentioned, on Midsummer’s Eve, the second biggest holiday in Sweden after Christmas Eve (possibly in competition with New Year’s Eve) Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in several contexts.
    • Made a point about Shakespeare’s take on Brexit by finding several quotes from the plays. Especially good was on Nigel Farage’s speech – ‘It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.’
  • In the film Cake the girl from Boise asks shrewish Claire: ‘Are you always such a fucking shrew?’ Claire snorts and says, ‘Someone took a Shakespeare class.’
  • At the sci-fi/fantasy convention Fantastika in Stockholm a couple of weeks ago Hal and I listened to a panel of authors talking about how they create characters and one said he recycles them: he is writing about Ophelia. At the closing ceremony the Tolkien Society Forodrim’s choir Gléowine sang ‘Double, double, toil and trouble’ from the Harry Potter film.
  • In the book This New Noise by Charlotte Higgins, about the history of the BBC which I just started reading this morning, the first general manager John Reith had the goal of developing the BBC to ‘show that mankind is a unity…for the good of all…[wireless] ignores the puny and often artificial barriers which have estranged men from their fellows. It will soon take continents in its stride…It will cast a girdle round the earth with bands that are all the stronger because invisible.’ Higgins points out that ‘Reith was drawing on Shakespeare: it was Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream who boasted that he could “put a girdle round the earth”. Reith cast himself as magician – more Prospero than Puck…’ 


Further since last time: 

Posted this month
  • This report





                


Monday, June 6, 2016

June 2016

Now that the 400th anniversary month is over things have been a little calmer but there is still a lot of Shakespeare out there.  Richard III has dominated this month for us but there have been other activities and sightings of interest. As always, though, I will start with a reminder that Shakespeare Calling – the book is available for purchase and I appreciate all your support.

Please help promote the book by liking and sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Bokus…. And please encourage your local book shops and libraries to buy it.  Thank you.

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From Davis and Frankforter’s The Shakespeare Name Dictionary:
  • The only entry under ‘X’ is Xantippe who was married to Socrates and reported to be a real shrew. She is only mentioned in The Taming of the Shrew and I suspect that her shrewishness was akin to Katharine’s – a survival strategy. 

Shakespeare sightings:
  • In the novel Lifeless by Mark Billingham the detectives are bemoaning the fact that the complete works of Shakespeare can be computerised on a keyring, but the various computer systems of the Scotland Yard aren’t compatible and cross references can’t be made.
  • In the old series from the 70’s Rock Follies, Anna, one of the members of the new rock group, once played Ophelia.
  • In the as yet untitled novel by my new friend JS, the main characters talk about Romeo and Juliet and several other Shakespeare plays. Poor Aislin is from a parallel universe so she doesn’t know so much about Shakespeare yet.
  • In The X Files, season 6, an author imagines all kinds of terrible things, for example the death of Scully, and says, ‘That’s what authors do, like Shakespeare.’ Later in Season 7, the smoking man says, in regard to something, I didn’t note down what, ‘When in disgrace in fortune and men’s eyes.’ Later he tells Mulder, ‘You’re not Prince Hamlet.’
  • In the film Stardust Robert DeNiro plays Captain Shakespeare.
  • In the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, which supposedly the film Philomena is based on, though Philomena herself is scarcely mentioned, Shakespeare makes a couple of appearances: Mike and Charlotte were studying Romeo and Juliet in high school and later Mike’s boyfriend talked about a production of Hamlet he had seen.
  • In the novel South Riding by Winifred Holtby
    • Lydia Holly, the girl from the shacks, has her love for reading awakened when she is given the complete works of Shakespeare and later discovers when studying Shakespeare in school that it ‘had not been a lie, then, that ecstasy which visited her when she read A Midsummer Night’s Dream on top of the railway coach last summer. It had meant something. She had understood something. She was drunk with an intoxicating wine of gladness.’
    • Unfortunately, her classmates do not agree, showing a ‘lamentable lack of enthusiasm for Shakespeare’s descriptive powers’.
    • Poor socialist Astell is offended by Shakespeare’s humorous depiction of the working class.
    • And quotes are peppered throughout.
  • Dagens Nyheter
    • Reports on a new play called Gertrude’s Hen Party, a feminist spin off of Hamlet starring the great Finnish Swedish singer Arja Saijonmaa.
    • Writes that there has been much ado about the birthday boy and gives a list of some of the ways in which the 400th anniversary has been commemorated.
    • Has a long article about how little we know about Shakespeare’s own opinions and claims that today’s fixation with theoretical theatre is putting a stop to the art of acting. Hmmm.
  • In the film Arthur the butler John Gielgud is dying. Arthur asks, ‘Do you want me to read some Shakespeare? Hamlet was in trouble when we left off.’ The butler says, ‘No.’ It must have hurt the great Shakespearean actor to say that!
  • In the film The Kid there is a poster for Julius Caesar on the classroom wall and the teacher is trying to get the kids interested in King Lear.
  • In the book The House on the Thames by Gillian Tindall, which goes through the history of that wonderful narrow house near the Globe that we have walked by so many times, and so far Shakespeare has been mentioned four times:
    • We like to think that there was a tavern there which Shakespeare would have visited.
    • Sir John Fastolf, upon whom Falstaff is said to be based, bought the house in the early 15th century.
    • Because of Shakespeare’s connection to the area, Bankside’s theatrical history has loomed larger than it really should have because both the theatres and Shakespeare himself were there for such a short time.
    • In spite of diligent research, it has not yet been proven that Shakespeare ever lived in the area. 

Further since last time:


Posted this month
  • ‘The Method Actor’ in Richard III http://rubyjandshakespearecalling.blogspot.se/2016/06/the-method-actor-in-richard-iii.html 
  • This report







The Method Actor in Richard III

The Method Actor
in
Richard III

     ‘Since I cannot prove a lover,’ Richard says in the classic opening soliloquy, ‘I am determined to prove a villain.’ This after having described himself as ‘rudely stamped’, curtailed of this fair proportion’, ‘cheated of feature’, so deformed ‘that dogs bark’ at him – in other words ugly and unlovable.
     He pulls at our heartstrings immediately. How can we not pity this wretched man? We are drawn into his mind at once and there we stay. We are Richard as he convinces Clarence of his brotherly love even as he plots Clarence’s murder. Clarence believes him, we believe him though we know better. Because Richard is the ultimate method actor.
     From Clarence to Anne. Richard has just told us that although he has killed her husband and father he will marry her, and although she hates him, naturally, and calls him, ‘thou lump of foul deformity,’ she marries him. How is it possible? Because in this, her time of grief and utter vulnerability, Richard tells her that it was her beauty and his love for her that caused him to commit murder. He begs her to kill him if she will not have him.  When he ends by saying about Henry VI whom he has also murdered, ‘this noble king, I will wet his grave with my repentant tears’ (Act 1.2) she is on her way to succumbing. Because as the method actor that he is, not only does Anne believe him, he at the moment believes it himself.
     He continues to act the part of loving brother, friend, uncle. And people believe him.
     But not his mother, the Duchess of York.  A formidable woman. Again, we must pity the man, and we begin to see where his ‘I cannot be loved so I will be a villain’ persona comes from. In Act 2.2 he asks his mother for her blessing and grudgingly she says:

God bless thee, and put meekness in thy breast,
Love, charity, obedience and true duty. (Act 2.2)

     Hardly a loving personal blessing and Richard feels the sting of its meaning. Says he to Buckingham:

…And make me die a good old man.
That is the butt-end of a mother’s blessing;
I marvel that her grace did leave it out. (Act 2.2)

     He does not fool his mum but the mayor and citizens fall for his humility. When they have been urged by Buckingham and Catesby to appeal to Richard to become king Richard says:

Alas, why would you heap this care on me?
I am unfit for state and majesty.
I do beseech you, take it not amiss:
I cannot nor I will not yield to you.
…Will you enforce me to a world of cares? (Act 3.7)

     This time with prayer book in hand Richard plays the part of pious recluse, believing it himself just long enough for them to accept him as king. That’s long enough for his purposes.
     And maybe he knew that what he had murdered to achieve really was a ‘world of cares’ because once he is king things start falling apart. His continued viciousness doesn’t stop the process and when the ensuing war is about to break out, his mother the Duchess of York confronts him and this time there is no blessing, grudging or otherwise. She tells him she wishes she had strangled him in her ‘accursèd womb’ and goes on:

Thou toad, thou toad…
Thou cam’st on earth to make the earth my hell…
What comfortable hour canst thou name,
That ever graced me with thy company?
…take with thee my most grievous curse,
Which in the day of battle tire thee more
Than all the complete armour that thou wear’st!
…Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end:
Shame serves thy life and doth thy death attend. (Act 4.4)

     A death curse from his own mother. Even the best method actor cannot pretend that this doesn’t hurt but Richard turns immediately to his sister-in-law, Elizabeth, Edward’s widow, and offers his hand in marriage to her daughter, also Elizabeth. He’s just had her two sons murdered so even less than Anne could Queen Elizabeth possibly agree to this preposterous proposal.
     The method actor takes over once again. In a long exchange he wears her down. Or seems to.  ‘Shall I be tempted of the devil thus?’ Elizabeth asks then says:

…Write to me very shortly,
And you shall understand from me her mind. (Act 4.4)

     Richard believes he has convinced her: ‘Relenting fool, and shallow, changing woman!’ (Act 4.4) What he doesn’t know is that Elizabeth consents to the marriage between her daughter and Richard’s mortal enemy Richmond, soon-to-be Henry VII.
     There remains only one role for Richard to play. He realises this when he awakens from his dream in which his victims one after the other have come to him with the damning words, ‘Despair and die!’
     That role is the role of the tragic villain.

I am a villain…
My conscience hath a thousand several tongues,
And every tongue brings in a several tale,
And every tale condemns me for a villain…
I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die, no soul shall pity me.
Nay, wherefore should they, since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself? (Act 5.3)

     Richard, the method actor, finally converges with Richard, the man who was not loved so he made himself the man who was hated and feared. Richard the villain.
     And so he dies. King Richard, the crown achieved through method acting that fooled almost everyone. Himself included.
     But not for long. Acting, even the best method acting, is after all just acting.
     The great playwright knew that. And gave us Richard III.

Works cited:
  • William Shakespeare, the Complete Works, the RSC edition, 2007. Edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen

 Films seen this time:

 Seen on stage: Not since seeing the brilliant Jonas Karlsson at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in March, 2014.  See further in Shakespeare Calling – the  book http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Calling-book-Ruby-Jand/dp/9163782626?ie=UTF8&keywords=ruby%20jand&qid=1464585465&ref_=sr_1_3&s=books&sr=1-3



Sunday, May 1, 2016

May 2016

What a Shakespeare month April has been! Newspapers and television have been filled with Shakespeare, his plays are everywhere, celebrations have abounded. So much has happened that I scarcely know where to begin. So I’ll just begin:
Shakespeare Calling – the book
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Once again, thank you all for visiting the blog throughout the years and for supporting this project.

From Davis and Frankforter’s The Shakespeare Name Dictionary:
  • Wye is a river flowing from southern Wales to the Bristol channel. The name is Celtic for ‘conveyor’. It is mentioned in Henry IV Part One and Henry V. 

Shakespeare sightings:
  • In the novel The Long Room by Francesca Kay the main character Stephen, when he was at university, fell for the student playing Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Later when leaving a pub, his colleague says, ‘Once more into the breach, old man.’ Another colleague whose baby niece has been saved by modern medicine says, ‘…when people say that they’d like to have lived in ancient times so that they could have had a chat with Shakespeare, I point out that they probably would have died at birth…’
  •  Dagens Nyheter has had so many articles that I will just mention a few: a comparison of Othello and today’s fear and hatred between ethnic groups, a review of an opera version of Hamlet, a rather uninteresting Sunday supplement with various articles about the 400th celebration, a notice on how the Shakespeare hype in England is even worse than here in Sweden, one on Shakespeare and Cervantes sharing the same death date but not day, a long article by Salmon Rushdie about Shakespeare and Cervantes, an interview with well-known actor Mikael Persbrandt doing Macbeth, a review on a Twelfth Night
  • In the very good novel In the Woods by Tana French
    • DCIs Rob and Cassie are talking about Shakespeare and Rob wants to continue but Cassie starts telling him about an attempt to molest her when she was a child.
    • Rob is questioning the father of the victim and asks, ‘Who’s the Shakespeare fan?’ The father doesn’t understand until Rob points out that the man’s three daughters are called Rosalind, Jessica and Katharine, all Shakespeare characters. The father replies that Rob is the first to have picked up on that, and yes, he had gone through a self-improvement period when he read Shakespeare, Milton and other classics. I hadn’t picked up on it…
  • In the novel Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss, young Ally is given A Midsummer Night’s Dream which her puritanical mother finds unsuitable. Ally thinks about various Shakespeare characters throughout the novel.
  • In Jodi Taylor’s One Damned Thing After Another, in which the characters are skilled time travellers, they find two lost Shakespeare plays about the Scottish queen, which makes them realise that some mistake has been made in their travels and history has been changed.
  • In Mark Billinham’s 5th Tom Thorne novel Tom’s friend Phil Hendricks philosophises about human nature and comes to the conclusion that if you want Shakespeare you also get Shipman (a mass murderer, I had to Google him).
  • On The Third Rock from the Sun Dick and Mary are playing a sex board game and Dick gets the question, ‘What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in bed?’ His answer is that he staged Othello in bed and Desdemona was played by a duvet.
  • On The X Files someone (I didn’t note who) used the phrase ‘mortal coil’ etc.
  • On Kulturnytt Jeanette Winterson is interviewed about her new book The Gap in Time, roughly based on The Winter’s Tale, one of a series of novels based on Shakespeare plays. She said among other things that reading Shakespeare is a reality check, comparing today’s refugee situation with the shepherds taking care of baby Perdita in The Winter’s Tale. Today we say that refugee children aren’t our problem and turn them away and Winterson asks, ‘What have we learned in the past 400 years, really?’ 

Further since last time: 
  • Read aloud: excerpts from Shakespeare Calling – the book at a well-attended ‘Breakfast talk’ at the English Bookshop in Stockholm
  • Received and started reading: Kent Hägglund’s Shakespeare en man för alla tider.
  • Performed: with SEST http://www.sestcompany.com/ the program for the 400th anniversary on the 23rd and 24th April. On the 22nd Macbeth only was performed but I was there with Shakespeare Calling – the book. All three performances were sold out. Some comments from the audience: ‘brilliant!’ ‘impressive!’ ‘magical!’ ‘the best thing I’ve seen in years!’ ‘I’ll never see a Shakespeare play in Swedish again!’, ‘sooooo impressed, enjoyed everything immensely!’  See further ‘On stage with Shakespeare’, posted today.
  • Bought: Howard Jacobson’s Sherlock is My Name, one of a series of novels based on Shakespeare plays.
  • Watched, a few days after the live sending: Shakespeare Live with the RSC and BBC. It’s available on Svt-play until 15 May http://www.svtplay.se/video/7910535/stjarnorna-firar-shakespeare/stjarnorna-firar-shakespeare-23-apr-21-30 Don’t miss it! 

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