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Shakespeare in sound bite.

Posted in Life & Love, Relationships, and Things We Love


cxi1pieidft4j829tai1William Shakespeare would have turned 450 this week. I am a huge fan – of the dark and war plays. The comedies make me feel awkward and nervous – a bit like musicals do. And anything with faeries in it is just beyond me. Part of my brain shuts down and I start humming Bad Company tunes.

In honour of her love of the Bard, cartoonist Mya Gosling, a lifelong Shakespeare-fanatic (and creator of  “Good Tickle Brain“) has condensed each of Shakespeare’s plays into three-panel webcomics: apart from Henry VI, Part 3 – where the machinations of that regent requires five bloody panels. And Titus Andronicus which is brilliantly captured in one.

kbsdwkyk9u6m7657ikjw-1In honour of the bard’s passing, and the many hours I have spent watching his plays on the boards (with Eddie Clarke mainly) and on TV (alone as no-one else is interested in three hours of Coriolanus: “Thus I turn my back. There is a world elsewhere.”), I thought I would share these sound bite comics of some of his greatest works. Let murder, mayhem and madness abound.

The Love Tragedies (aka much suicide)

139404022362320140310-S-RomeoJuliet3Panels1391635380588The Revenge Plays (aka much prophesy)

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And, finally, one of my favourites: The Family Saga (much of everything)1393254305737(All images copyright Maya Gosling)

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5 Comments

  1. Elma Jonckheer
    Elma Jonckheer

    Love it. The ultimate crib sheet.

    April 27, 2014
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  2. These are brilliant! My first introduction to a performance of the immortal bard was at Maynardville back in the dinosaur era, I was hooked. Three years ago I was there again – in pouring rain – watching Twelfth Night, everyone including the cast had umbrellas up – it was both hilarious and wonderful.

    April 25, 2014
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  3. Brilliant, just brilliant 🙂

    I too love Shakespeare, and after the morning I’ve had I sure needed a laugh. Mission accomplished 🙂 xx

    April 25, 2014
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  4. silvia
    silvia

    Love it! Sooo witty. I’m sure the bard would have appreciated Maya Gosling’s work, after all he’s a genius.
    I believe that there’s another heaven – close to the dogs’ one – where the greatest artists of all times enjoy themselves watching what we do among other things.
    You made me laugh loud. Thanks baby

    April 25, 2014
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  5. Absolutely love the cartoons- king Lear is my favourite play of all time. Watched all the plays at RSC when I lived in Stratford as a teenager. Have you read my blog post about the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare? Had the best year in 1964!

    April 25, 2014
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