Tag Archives: Humphrey Bartosik
Sir Anthony Quayle as Falstaff in Orson Welles's 'Chimes at Midnight'

Not fat enough for Falstaff?

I wanted so badly for it to be PERFECT – expected it would be after the BBC’s Richard II! – but oh dear, a miss is as good as a mile. Henry IV? YES. Hotspur & Kate? YES. Supporting cast? YES. Falstaff? Um… Hal? Er… Hal was great for the serious stuff (his showdown with […]

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Hamlet North by Northwest

“I am but mad north-north-west: when the wind is southerly I know a hawk from a handsaw.” Hamlet, 2.2. I am only mad north-by-north-west: when then wind is southerly, I know the difference between a hawk and a handsaw. How to work out what these lines mean? This is how I did it… Theory 1: […]

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Shakespeare by Richard Westall

Hamlet’s Dead Dog: What does it all mean?

“For if the sun breed maggots in a dead dog, being a good kissing carrion – Have you a daughter?” Hamlet, 2.2. This is a famously bizarre line from Hamlet. As Hamlet paces the castle, Polonius dogs him and the prince runs rings around him with apparently insane discourse. When I was producing my modernised […]

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'Romeo and Juliet' - a modernised edition by Humphrey Bartosik

Who says they can’t read Shakespeare?

The moment of inspiration came during an otherwise unremarkable breakfast in January 2010. I’d been mulling over a charge against Shakespeare; ‘intellectual snobbery’. Suddenly, as I went about my daily business, I knew then what I must do; ‘I must chill Shakespeare,’ I told myself ‘I must bring him to both the journeyman and the […]

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