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Would love to see an analysis of Beatrice and Benedick. Someone make a clever graph for Much Ado! The Oberon/Puck, Viola/Olivia stats don’t surprise me and are probably backed by some fanfic out there in the interwebs.

fuckyeahgreatplays:

FiveThirtyEight was surprised to find, via computer analysis, that Romeo and Juliet speak less to each other than to other characters.

I’m blaming Romeo for this lack of communication. Juliet speaks 155 lines to him, and he speaks only 101 to her. His reticence toward Juliet is particularly inexcusable when you consider that Romeo spends more time talking than anyone else in the play. (He spends only one-sixth of his time in conversation with the supposed love of his life.)
The plays with the most connected lovers seem to be the ones with strong women: “The Taming of the Shrew’s” fiery Katharina, “Macbeth’s” homicidal Lady Macbeth, “The Merchant of Venice’s” brilliant Portia, and “Antony and Cleopatra’s” seductive and defiant Cleopatra. In general, Shakespeare’s female lovers lavish a larger share of their lines on their men than the men do on them. This is true not just of “Romeo and Juliet,” but of “Macbeth,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and all four couples in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The only real exceptions, tellingly, occur in the plays where the women pose as men: “Twelfth Night” and “The Merchant of Venice.” (Antony and Cleopatra spend roughly equal shares of lines on each other.)

The whole article is a fascinating read. There’s even an nifty set of interactive graphs.
Would love to see an analysis of Beatrice and Benedick. Someone make a clever graph for Much Ado! The Oberon/Puck, Viola/Olivia stats don’t surprise me and are probably backed by some fanfic out there in the interwebs.

fuckyeahgreatplays:

FiveThirtyEight was surprised to find, via computer analysis, that Romeo and Juliet speak less to each other than to other characters.

I’m blaming Romeo for this lack of communication. Juliet speaks 155 lines to him, and he speaks only 101 to her. His reticence toward Juliet is particularly inexcusable when you consider that Romeo spends more time talking than anyone else in the play. (He spends only one-sixth of his time in conversation with the supposed love of his life.)

The plays with the most connected lovers seem to be the ones with strong women: “The Taming of the Shrew’s” fiery Katharina, “Macbeth’s” homicidal Lady Macbeth, “The Merchant of Venice’s” brilliant Portia, and “Antony and Cleopatra’s” seductive and defiant Cleopatra. In general, Shakespeare’s female lovers lavish a larger share of their lines on their men than the men do on them. This is true not just of “Romeo and Juliet,” but of “Macbeth,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and all four couples in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The only real exceptions, tellingly, occur in the plays where the women pose as men: “Twelfth Night” and “The Merchant of Venice.” (Antony and Cleopatra spend roughly equal shares of lines on each other.)

The whole article is a fascinating read. There’s even an nifty set of interactive graphs.

(via shakespearesaladstyle)

— 6 months ago with 2061 notes
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Top: Peter O’Toole as Hamlet (1963, The National Theatre), and Macbeth (1980, The Old Vic)
Bottom: As Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (1960, RSC)

— 10 months ago with 54 notes
#macbeth  #The Taming of the Shrew  #hamlet  #stage  #performance  #peter o'toole  #photo  #Royal Shakespeare Company  #National Theatre  #old vic 
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— 1 year ago with 7 notes
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Globe on Screen - 2013 Season

Confirmed from Robert Marshall, the executive producer of the Globe on Screen, who gave a great paper today at the ANZSA 2012 conference:

Globe On Screen Season 2013:
-Henry V
-Taming of the Shrew
-Twelfth Night

**edit** just noticed - 600 followers. Thanks everyone :)

— 1 year ago with 28 notes
#Mark Rylance  #The Taming of the Shrew  #Twelfth Night  #film  #globe theatre  #henry v  #news  #stephen fry  #the globe  #thanks 
"He told me I was an Italian plumber from Brooklyn, so my instinct was to try a gruff and coarse voice - ‘hey you, get outta my face!’

What popped into my brain was a character I’d played in Taming Of The Shrew. I was Petruchio going back to get his wife in Italy, and I was a sort of ‘Mamma mia, nice ol’ Italian guy’. So I thought I’d do something like that. I went on and on about spaghetti and meatballs. After half an hour the producer said, ‘cut, stop, we’ve run out of tape!’ And he called Nintendo and said ‘I’ve found our Mario’. Mine was the only tape he sent back."
— 2 years ago with 17 notes
#News  #Nintendo  #The Taming of the Shrew  #interview