April 27th, 2016


30 days of Shakespeare: Day 9 - Your favourite tragedy

Just for reference, the tragedies are generally considered to include:

Titus Andronicus
Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar
Troilus and Cressida
King Lear
Timon of Athens
Antony and Cleopatra
The Tempest

I've already written of my love for Hamlet and Macbeth as plays; but I retain a deep affection for Romeo and Juliet, considered as a tragedy, because it was the first Shakespeare I studied at school, at the age of 11, and it's stuck with me. It's a mercifully straightforward plot, not particularly deep or complex, but with a compelling story. I played Mercutio in the fight scene and died horribly. It was great.

Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 version was the highest-grossing Shakespeare film of all time.

It was eventually overtaken by Baz Luhrman's adaptation in 1996.

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