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Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

[Shakespeare] 31/37

At Shakespeare on the Common earlier this week year, Cate and I were talking about getting to see multiple versions of the same play in fairly quick succession (this was our 3rd Two Gentlemen of Verona this season) -- "playstorming," she called it.

I remembered doing that "Shakespeare plays you have read or seen" meme a while back and was curious to pull it up and update it.

Apparently I'd only seen a few ASP shows at the time, so my list has significantly increased, even without this year's ALL The Shakespeare.

Because some of this stuff I don't even remember (apparently I saw Two Gentlemen of Verona for the first time when I was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2007? oh, wait, my records say "Two Noble Kinsmen," I must have goofed when I did the meme last time), I decided to to back through my Shakepeare tag and link to my writeups of all the plays (though I have been behind on writeups for, oh, years).

In August 2012, I said, "3rd performance of Coriolanus I've seen and I still get excited watching it (which I wasn't sure would be the case). And now I want to read lots of commentary on the play because I have lots of thinky thoughts."

I have known for some time that Twelfth Night and Macbeth, which used to be my favorite Shakespeare plays, I've become less enamoured of on repeated viewings -- but I hadn't really thought much about what I would currently posit for my favorite Shakespeare play(s). I think it is arguably true that Coriolanus is my current favorite.

In going back through these entries, I think Titus Andronicus (baby's first ASP show!) is possibly my second-favorite.

Bold the ones you've seen stage productions of, italicize the ones you've seen movies of, and underline the ones you've read or listened to.

lignota's addition: *asterisk the ones you've performed in or directed. (angevin2's academically-inclined addition: I'm also marking the ones I've taught or done reasonably serious scholarly work on with a +plus sign. Also I am counting readthroughs as performances, because I am totally into readthroughs.)

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra
  • read in 10th grade English
  • ASP (May 2011)

As You Like It
  • read in college Shakespeare class senior year

The Comedy of Errors

  • Old Vic (July 2003)
  • read in college Shakespeare class senior year
  • ASP (March 2009)
  • Shakespeare on the Common (August 2012)

  • ASP (February 2011)

  • read in AP English grade 11
  • saw Emerson's "A King of Infinite Space: Hamlet in a Nutshell" production (November 2012), which doesn't exactly count as having seen the play -- I've seen The Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [IMDb] as well as Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead [IMDb], but I won't see a full production of Hamlet until ASP does it and I have to

Henry IV, Part I
  • read in grade 11 high school elective
  • read in AP English grade 12
  • Industrial Theatre (July 2007)
  • saw ASP's "The Coveted Crown: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 in repertory" (Part 1, October 2010)

Henry IV, Part II
  • read ... sometime
  • saw ASP's "The Coveted Crown: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 in repertory" (Part 2, November 2010)

Henry V
  • ASP (February 2008)

Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar
  • read in 9th grade English

King John
  • ASP (June 2008)

King Lear
  • read in grade 11 high school elective (except we quit partway through)
  • read on my own
  • read in 2 concurrent Smith College classes (Tellings & Retellings; and Literature, Folklore, and Fakelore)

Love's Labour's Lost

  • read in AP English
  • read in college Shakespeare class senior year
  • NHS (May 2002)
  • ASP all-female production (November 2007)
  • ASP (October 2012)

Measure for Measure
  • RSC (August 2003)

The Merchant of Venice
  • ASP (November 2008)

The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • ASP (December 2011)

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Much Ado about Nothing
  • NHS production (November 2005)
  • ASP production (May 2009)
  • the Joss Whedon film (July 2013)

  • read in ENG 199 at college
  • saw the Julia Stiles O [IMDb]
  • ASP (March 2010)
  • Shakespeare on the Common (August 2010)

Pericles, Prince of Tyre
  • ASP (April 2013)

Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet
  • read in 9th grade English
  • saw the Private Romeo film {IMDb}, but I don't think that counts

The Taming of the Shrew
  • read in paternal grandmother's book group
  • ASP (October 2009)
  • all-female Harvard-Radcliffe production (October 2012)

The Tempest

Timon of Athens
  • ASP (May 2010)

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

*Twelfth Night

Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • ASP (December 2012)
  • musical at Emerson (April 2013)
  • Shakespeare on the Common (July 2013)

The Winter's Tale
Tags: plays: shakespeare, self: quizzes/memes

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