Here’s a powerful antidote to the dispiriting election news this year: The Guardian‘s “Shakespeare Solos.”
This year is the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare‘s death, and the British Guardian is commemorating with its top actors and actresses performing 2- and 3-minute video clips, distributed on Facebook, Youtube, and the Guardian website. It’s terrific stuff.
Here are my favorites so far … from the sublime to the profane:
Laura Carmichael as Portia in Merchant of Venice: ‘The quality of mercy’
Paterson Joseph as Shylock in Merchant of Venice: ‘You call me misbeliever’
Damian Lewis as Antony in Julius Caesar: ‘Friends, Romans, countrymen’
David Threlfall as Prospero in The Tempest: ‘Our revels now are ended’
Sacha Dhawan as Shakespeare’s Parolles in All’s Well That Ends Well: ‘Are you meditating on virginity?’