Musing on Shakespeare

I’ve been re-watching the Hollow Crown series this week, and there’s something that I’ve only just consciously noticed:

It can be pretty hard to watch a Shakespeare play without wanting to mouth along to some of the speeches. Mowbray’s banishment speech and John of Gaunt’s “…this sceptred isle…” (both from Richard II) come particularly to mind in this connection — there’s something especially gripping about the cadence of the language and the emotions being portrayed.

The incredible acting on display in the Hollow Crown productions does not hurt at all. ^^


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