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  • 1. William Shakespeare What EVERYONE should know about The Bard of Avon
  • 2. “ He was not of an age, but for all time” Ben Jonson
    • Understanding of people
    • Skill with words
    • Sense of drama
  • 3. Personal Life
    • Born April 23 rd , 1564 in Stratford-Upon-Avon
    • Father was shopkeeper and “mayor” of town
    • Attended free grammar school until 15
      • Read mythology and classics (it was the Renaissance you know).
    • Married to Ann Hathaway (8 years older)
    • 3 children (Susanna, Hamnet & Judith)
    • Lived most of his life in London
    Shakespeare’s birthplace at Stratford-On-Avon
  • 4. Writer and Actor
    • Successful actor in London
    • Leading poet
    • Member of a reparatory group – The Chamberlain’s Men
    • Wrote 36-37 plays, 154 poems
    • Retired to Stratford
    • Died on his birthday 1616
  • 5. Shakespeare’s Poetry
    • Credited with:
      • 154 Sonnets
      • 4 long poems
      • 124 songs
    • Always worked within established modes.
    • He treated the usual themes:
      • The beauty of his lady & his love for her
      • His assurance of immortality for her through his verses.
  • 6. Shakespeare’s Poetry
    • The excellence of his poems lies not in what is said, but in how it is said.
    • Some of his sonnets are direct at and dedicated to a young man called W.H.
    • Others are direct to the "Dark Lady"
    • Songs were written for plays.
  • 7. Was Shakespeare a Thief?
    • Most plays based on historical events or OTHER plays.
    • No COPYRIGHT laws in those days
    • Took ordinary stories and made them EXTRAORDINARY
  • 8. Shakespeare's Contribution to the English Language
    • Common sayings:
    • catching a cold
    • disgraceful conduct
    • Elbow room
    • fair play
    Words :
    • assassination
    • barefaced
    • bumps
    • countless
    • critical
    • dwindle
    • exposure
    • gloomy
    • monumental
    • suspicious
  • 9. Actors need the following…
    • Fencing
    • Tumbling
    • Dancing
    • Elocution (speaking)
    • Acting (duh!)
    • Music
    Shakespeare probably made more money as an ACTOR and PRODUCER than as a PLAYWRIGHT. Hamlet sees his father’s ghost
  • 10. Repertory Theater
    • A theater that puts on a variety of different shows rather than one show continuously
    • Prevents the audience from getting bored and keeps them coming to YOUR theater
    • Helped stifle MEMORIZERS who would come to performances and steal your show.
    Actor Jon Finch as Macbeth
  • 11. Outside View
    • Weren’t allowed to advertise.
    • Used Flags to above building to tell of impending play.
      • Black=Tragedy
      • White =Comedy
      • Red=History
    This is a recreation of the Globe Theatre located in Odessa, Texas.
  • 12. Front of Theatre- The point where the audience would enter.
  • 13. London’s Globe – This recreation is in London, England near the location of the original.
  • 14. Groundlings’ Area- Standing room only! The commoners would gather on the floor of the theater for performances.
  • 15. The Balconies- Royalty and the rich would have a seated view above the commoners. Notice that the theater is open air, exposing the actors and the groundlings to the elements.
  • 16. A Show lasted about 2 ½ hours
    • Always in the afternoon
    • No “acts” but frequent intermissions
    • No Scenery
    • Lots of effects (trap doors, winches, etc.)
    • No Actresses
    • No “programs”