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The Wormhole July 4 2013 02:08 PM

William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
Just saw something online about this new book which is out now. William Shakespeare's Star Wars which basically retells Episode IV A New Hope as though it were a Shakespeare play, with everyone, even R2-D2 delivering Shakespeare monologues.

I must say, it certainly sounds like an interesting idea. Anyone have this yet and like to share their opinions?

Allyn Gibson July 4 2013 03:30 PM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
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The Wormhole wrote: (Post 8334931)
Anyone have this yet and like to share their opinions?

While I won't have a copy to call my own until next week, a preview copy has been floating around the office for about a month and I've read some, but not all, of it.

I think it's okay. The play is a mash of authentic Shakespearean lines (with a Star Wars gloss of names and places) and cod early-modern English -- or, rather, what the general public thinks early-modern English was like. I think William Henry Ireland's two forged Shakespeare plays (Vortigern and Rowena and Henry II) felt more authentically Shakespeare than what I read of Verily, A New Hope.

The presentation of the book, on the other hand, is fantastic. The woodcut artwork to dramatize familiar scenes is very effective.

It's a neat novelty, and if this were performed at a Shakespeare Festival I'd be interested in seeing it.

And Star Trek fans will forever wonder what the text was like in its original Klingon. :)

Asbo Zaprudder July 4 2013 07:59 PM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
Exit, pursued by a wookiee.

Gaith July 4 2013 08:34 PM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
Quote:

The Wormhole wrote: (Post 8334931)
I must say, it certainly sounds like an interesting idea.

Doth it?

Candlelight July 5 2013 09:10 AM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
"Come here Obi Wan, I am for you!"

publiusr July 5 2013 11:29 PM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
Darth Iago on the Bantha with two backs

Turtletrekker February 22 2014 05:19 AM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
The inevitable sequel...

Ancient Mariner February 22 2014 05:34 AM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
I prefer Origami Yoda. (And its inevitable sequels.)

Mr. Adventure February 22 2014 05:52 AM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
I'll wait for the stage production.

Skywalker February 22 2014 07:40 AM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
I wonder if he'll do the prequels.

The Wormhole February 22 2014 11:41 PM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
I don't know. The best part of that preview was the cover drawing of Shakespearean Yoda.

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Skywalker wrote: (Post 9278155)
I wonder if he'll do the prequels.

I'll be very surprised if he does.

publiusr March 1 2014 08:27 PM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
So who is Falstaff--Dengar maybe?

HIjol March 2 2014 09:25 AM

Re: William Shakespeare's Star Wars
 
"...Mayhap, Gentle Uncle, for I was, in soothe, deserving of thy prescription for an expedient soujourn to Ye-Olde-Tosche-Station-by-the-Thames, as I fancied a goodly number of Powere Converterse...do not balk or knap, and away without tarry I shall fly...

...sorry I could NOT not...so sorry...

Zulu Romeo March 2 2014 09:47 AM

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LUKE: Villain, what hast Obi-Wan done?
VADER: That which was not told to you.
LUKE: He said thou hast undone my father.
VADER: No... *I* have done thy mother.

HIjol March 3 2014 01:38 AM

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Zion Ravescene wrote: (Post 9310816)
LUKE: Villain, what hast Obi-Wan done?
VADER: That which was not told to you.
LUKE: He said thou hast undone my father.
VADER: No... *I* have done thy mother.

LUKE: Nay, Knave!...verily, you lie!...
VADER: Gaze Inwards, Bumpkin!...you will see the truth of it!
LUKE: Hold, I would cut off my arm if I but believed your
scurrilous lies--oh, umm...yes...indeed...seems
that eventuality has come to pass...
VADER: Ah, like the mother...a vigorous volley of verbosity...
(With apologies to "V")

Zion, I thought your answer was funny as hell!!!!! :guffaw:


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