Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

[Shakespeare] all but the Henry 6s

In my writeup of RSC's Love's Labour's Lost, I mentioned that I had never read or seen that play before, which is a rarity at this point with me and Shakespeare.

I hadn't updated my masterlist in a couple years (and haven't managed to consistently write up much of anything in I don't know how many years), but I updated my draft doc so I could check and figured I might as well post it.

There are still Shakespeare plays I can barely remember what happens in them, but it's interesting watching multiple productions of the same play.

I first read Comedy of Errors in Shakespeare elective in 11th grade, and it was Shakespeare's ~first play, and having been in Twelfth Night that very same year I felt like it really showed and ugh Shakespeare you got so much better at this mistaken identity twin stuff in Twelfth Night. When I saw it at Shakespeare on the Common a decade later, I wanted to crawl out of my skin the whole time. But I am committed to ASP so when they put it on another 5 years later I went -- and it was HILARIOUS! We went closing weekend, but I would have watched that production over and over again.

National Theatre Live remains my favorite King Lear, and even though I really only have strong memories of like 2 scenes in it, that's sufficient to totally influence how I think of any other production of it that I see.

When last I posted, I commented that Twelfth Night and Macbeth used to be my favorite plays, but now it was probably Coriolanus and Titus Andronicus. I'm not sure what I would say now. Having seen a two King Lears last year, I think that's the one I'm most interested in at present. I've definitely been aware in seeing many productions of a play that I sometimes get kind of "over" a play I had previously loved -- like I can only return to that story so many times before it starts failing to hold up for me.

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
  • ASP (May 2014)

The Comedy of Errors

  • Old Vic (July 2003)
  • read in college Shakespeare class senior year
  • ASP (March 2009)
  • Shakespeare on the Common (August 2012)
  • the 2011 film with Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler [IMDb] (November 2013)
  • National Theatre Live broadcast (February 2014)

  • 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)
  • Theatre@First did "Henry the 4th," both parts combined into a single production (August 2014)

Henry IV, Part II
  • read ... sometime
  • saw ASP's "The Coveted Crown: Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 in repertory" (Part 2, November 2010)
  • Theatre@First did "Henry the 4th," both parts combined into a single production (August 2014)

Henry V
  • ASP (February 2008)

Henry VI, Part I

Henry VI, Part II

Henry VI, Part III

Henry VIII
  • ASP (January 2014)

Julius Caesar
  • read in 9th grade English
  • HRDC (November 2013)

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)
  • National Theatre Live broadcast (May 2014)
  • Globe at Emerson, live (October 2014)

Love's Labour's Lost


Measure for Measure
  • RSC (August 2003)
  • ASP (January 2015)

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
  • RSC broadcast (December 2013)

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet
  • read in 9th grade English
  • saw the Private Romeo film {IMDb}, but I don't think that counts
  • ASP (October 2013)
  • Baz Luhrmann movie (with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes) (November 2013)

The Taming of the Shrew

The Tempest
  • read in grade 11 high school elective
  • NHS production
  • Magdalen College Oxford (July 2003)
  • ASP (April 2008)
  • ART production with Teller magic (May 2014)

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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