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Tom Hiddleston Reads ‘Sonnet 18′ by William Shakespeare

As we prepare to bid farewell to National Poetry Month, we’ve uncovered a video featuring The Avengers actor Tom Hiddleston reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 18.”

Hiddleston delivered this performance for “The Love Book” app. It features a collection of poems, short stories, quotes and letters. What’s your favorite love poem?

4th Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam on Kickstarter

Melinda Hall hopes to raise $1,600 for the 3rd Annual Shakespeare Sonnet Slam. This free event, celebrating William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, is scheduled to take place in New York City on April 25, 2014.

The stage, the Naumburg Bandshell inside Central Park, will feature readings of all 154 Shakespearean sonnets. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“This is our 4th year and so far, we’ve had Sonnet Readers from ages 8-96 perform their Sonnet and there have been Readers from over 30 Countries.  Some Readers are professional actors but many are not, they just share a common love of Shakespeare and are willing to get up on that stage to perform. The audience is comprised of people of all ages who stay for as little as 10 minutes or stay the entire three hours and hear all 154 Sonnets by 154 Readers.”

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David Tennant Reads ‘Sonnet 126′ by William Shakespeare

Happy National Poetry Month! To kick off this month-long celebration, we’ve dug up a video featuring Dr. Who actor David Tennant reading William Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 126.”

Tennant delivered this performance for Touch Press’ 2012 iPad app, “The Sonnets.” Additionally, Tennant recorded recitations of sonnets #12, #18, and #71 for this app. What’s your favorite Shakespearean sonnet?

Public Theater Announces 2014 Shakespeare in the Park Lineup

delacorteThe Public Theater has announced the lineup for the 2014 season of Shakespeare in the Park.

From June 3rd to July 6th, Central Park visitors will enjoy Much Ado About Nothing starring Tony Award-nominated actress Lily Rabe as Beatrice. From July 22nd to August 17th, theater fans will watch King Lear with Academy Award-nominated actor John Lithgow in the title role.

Rabe is no stranger to Shakespeare in the Park. In the past, she played Portia in The Merchant of Venice (2010) and Rosalind in As You Like It (2012). According to The New York Times, Lithgow’s last appearance on the Shakespeare in the Park stage was as Laertes in a production of Hamlet (1975). Will you be queuing up on the infamously long line for one of New York City’s most beloved summer activities?

Can William Shakespeare Help You Land a Date?

Need help with landing a Valentine’s Day date for tomorrow? The animated video embedded above features a two-minute TED-Ed lesson with dating tips courtesy of William Shakespeare.

Language expert Anthony John Peters took on the role of educator. He ”explains why Shakespeare’s coy use of metaphor was so effective — and may just help you get a date today.”

Linguistics fans can visit the TED Ed website to access a quiz, a discussion board, and more resources. Over at BuzzFeed, check out a list of literary valentines and a list of literary quotes to write inside cards. What are your favorite literary-themed pick up lines?

Ed Harris Stars in an Adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Cymbeline’

Filmmaker Michael Almereyda has created a modern-day adaptation of the William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. Follow this link to access a free digital copy of this play.

The cast includes Dakota Johnson as Imogen, Ethan Hawke as Iachimo, and Ed Harris as Cymbeline. Indiewire reports that the movie currently does not have a US distributor. Thus far, no release date has been announced.

According to ComingSoon.net, the story for this crime drama film ”unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America.” We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

Public Theater Enlists 200 New Yorkers in a Production of ‘The Tempest’

The Public Theater will put on an original musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest from September 6th to 8th.

Free tickets will be distributed on a daily basis at Central Park’s Delacorte Theater.

Broadway Buzz reports that the show “will feature the talents of 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs, who will join together with professional actors for the three-night civic event.”

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Free Shakespeare Plays for Philosophers & Psychoanalysts

Looking for some holiday reading? Try the most psychoanalytic plays by William Shakespeare.

In Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine, authors Simon Critchley and Jamieson Webster explored the philosophical and psychoanalytic themes in Shakespeare’s most classic play. We asked them for a list of the most psychoanalytic Shakespeare plays for your weekend reading pleasure.

The list, complete with free book links, follows below…

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‘William Shakespeare’s Star Wars’ Book Trailer Released

Publisher Quirk Books has released a book trailer for William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, mixing Shakespearian actors with the most famous science fiction story of all time. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

In the new book, Ian Doescher rewrote the movie in iambic pentameter. Earlier this year, we wrote about  worked with the digital storytelling app Tapestry to create an interactive version of the book. It is the debut by the Yale Divinity School graduate. Here’s more about the book:

Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ‘Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Random House To Publish Novel Retellings of Shakespeare Plays

Random House’s Hogarth fiction imprint will publish prose versions of William Shakespeare‘s plays, commissioning bestselling novelists to write The Hogarth Shakespeare.

The project will open with Anne Tyler rewriting  The Taming of the Shrew and Jeanette Winterson retelling The Winter’s Tale. The program will open in 2016, marking the 400th anniversary of the great author’s passing. Winterson had this comment in the release:

All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with it in its own right. And I love cover versions.

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