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The funniest thing about this is only one of the actors gets drunk and its a different person each night so it isn’t just everyone struggling its everyone else doing their shit and one person fucking it all up it’s BRILLIANT.


dream job


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the best is when you’re reminded that “nothing” is elizabethan slang for female genitals, so shakespeare literally titled his play

much ado about pussy

Ah, Shakespeare. Such fine and serious art. So serious.

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The #Macbeth warning #broadway

This was my favorite thing. 

no but the whole Macbeth thing is legit okay

my school was doing Pride and Prejudice last spring [I had some tiny little extra part, but that’s not important]. The girl playing Mrs. Bennet said “Macbeth” as a joke, which then was explained because seriously we’re high schoolers I was surprised even she knew about it we don’t just know random curse knowledge

the play was set back a week because Mr. Darcy got appendicitis, Elizabeth Bennet broke her right forearm, Mr. Bingley lost his voice, and Mrs. Bennet went head over handlebars on her bike all in the week of the play.

you don’t f*** with the Macbeth curse okay if Supernatural has taught me anything it’s not to f*** with curses

….omg can we have an episode of Supernatural about the Macbeth curse?


once a guy said macbeth in our theater and then the entire set came falling down
several people got concussions


How the hell do they preform the play,

There are characters named Macbeth

You can say it but only in the context during the play.. No other time

Thank you for explaining.
(I’ve literally wondered about that for years)

For the record, if you are referring to the name of the play while not actually performing it, you say “The Scottish Play”.  The character himself is referred to as “The Scottish King”, or “The Scottish Lord”.

I know an entire family of actors who will stare daggers at you if you utter the word Macbeth in their house.  They do not mess around with this shit.

Wait, this is a real thing? I always thought it was a joke, like drop bears or Quebec.

Hamlet has long been a fascination of mine: murder, betrayal, revenge, deceit, madness ‒ all my favorite things

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn on her plans to write an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet for the Hogarth Shakespeare series. 

The series, which features major novelists rewriting Shakespeare’s plays, will launch in 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death. Other novelists taking part in the series include Margaret Atwood (The Tempest), Norwegian thriller writer Jo Nesbø (Macbeth) and Jeanette Winterson (The Winter’s Tale).

More book news here.

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oh, yes please!

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The submitter writes: “Last week I flew out from Michigan to visit some friends in Arizona. The scenery was breathtaking - as evidenced by this photo I snapped.

When I questioned his interest in Shakespeare, he set down his book, closed his eyes, and passionately recited the last great soliloquy from Macbeth.” (Thanks!)

he could use a shirt

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After 450 years, we still don’t know the true value of Shakespeare 


The extent of Shakespeare’s legacy 450 years on from his birth is incalculable. But this, of course, does not stop some from trying. To many the crown of Britain’s cultural output, Shakespeare is integral to our very language, widely celebrated, studied, acted, seen. So sourcing hard evidence on the cultural value of Shakespeare is a fool’s game, if a fun one. To start with, both the words in the concept of “cultural value” are so overloaded, so controversial, that real figures for either of them are impossible to find. Are we talking about the anthropological or the aesthetic version of culture? Are we in the realm of economic use, exchange, symbolic or discursive value? And Shakespeare? Are we referencing the texts, the editions, the amateur and professional productions, or the stories, the adaptations, the movies? The only evidence we have is about the life, writing and social relationships of the writer. And this cannot hope to explain the crazy variety of ideas and objects that shelter under the most famous name in history. Shakespeare’s plays came to dominate the cultural production of later times by providing free content for the new theatres that opened after the theatrical lock-down of the English civil war. In their printed version, they became a point of reference for those who claimed the supremacy of English writing in contests with classical literature. They also provided useful, out of copyright, texts for the hugely expanded literature market created by universal education.


Mallory Ortberg strikes again with Dirtbag Macbeth, next in her Dirtbag Shakespeare collection over at the-toast.

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Anonymous asked: You use the phrase, "The world is my oyster." I was recently told that as encouragement, but I'm 30 years old, never went to college, unemployed for six years, only just now learning how to drive, and desperately trying to find a way to move/find work two hours away so I can be with my girlfriend. Maybe the world is my oyster, but I have no idea how to see it that way. I'm trying, but it's so hard to breathe like this, so hard to keep from collapsing into a pile of terror.





Have you ever seen an oyster in the wild? Have you ever tried to open it? It’s fucking hard.

Do you know the origin of the phrase “The world is my oyster”? It comes from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor:

Falstaff: I will not lend thee a penny.

Pistol: Why then the world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.

Falstaff: Not a penny.

Are you seeing yourself in this? He’s not getting what he wants without a sword. Without a fight. He’s not getting a penny from anyone.

As an English major and a librarian I almost always look into the meaning behind these types of things. We took that line and we turned it into The world is yours to enjoy! YOLO! Woohoo! Which is true, yes. But, you’re probably going to have to brandish your sword at some point. 

I am jumping into the next stage of my life with optimism and love. That’s my sword. I am coming at this with the belief that I deserve good things and that I am loved.

I am 28 years old. I have an unspeakable amount of debt. I have had huge let downs that made me question my value, my worth, my rights to love and food and survival and existence. I have had smaller let downs, the kind that creep into your sleeping dreams and ruin your daytime ones. Pile of terror? I’ve been there. That has been my mailing address and the place where my emergency contact lived and the place I thought I would live and die in. So, I get it. I get not wanting to be optimistic or not understanding how to even begin to be optimistic.

But sometimes the world isn’t going to lend you a penny. And you need to decide what your sword is and use it on the goddamn oyster. The only other option is to sit with that tightly sealed mollusk for the rest of your life and wonder whether there was a pearl inside.  

Well shit. That is one hell of a pep talk lady. 

Goddamn good.

verified. you ever need a good pep talk, go visit your local librarian. they know some heavy shit. 

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