William Shakespeare's Star Wars

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  1. The Wormhole

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    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?
     
  2. Allyn Gibson

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    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. :)
     
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    Doth it?
     
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    I'll wait for the stage production.
     
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    I wonder if he'll do the prequels.
     
  11. The Wormhole

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    I don't know. The best part of that preview was the cover drawing of Shakespearean Yoda.

    I'll be very surprised if he does.
     
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    So who is Falstaff--Dengar maybe?
     
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    Yeth, it doth. :)