Following on from my “Top Tips for Reading Shakespeare” post (albeit a little late), I thought I would create a little list of some of my most favourite works by Shakespeare (in no particular order really, I don’t think I could properly decide on that).
So without further ado…
Believed to have been written in 1603-1604, Othello is probably the play I have read the most by Shakespeare (and studied in depth both in secondary school and sixth form!) With main themes of jealousy, revenge and manipulation, Othello is definitely a tragedy.
#2 Romeo and Juliet
Perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous piece of work and probably the most adapted, revised anad studied in popular culture. I don’t think I really need to talk about the plot of the play but, in a nutshell, it follows the story of the two “star-crossed lovers” from two opposing families.
#3 Much Ado About Nothing
Probably one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. Benedick and Beatrice are two of my favourite characters that Shakespeare has written; both so witty and so stubborn. I also absolutely love the 1993 film adaptation by Kenneth Branagh starring himself, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Kate Beckinsale… The list goes on.
#4 Midsummer Night’s Dream
I remember this play being one of my favourites when I was younger. I haven’t actually re-read it in a while (which is definitely overdue!) I loved the magical setting of the forest and how magic is woven throughout the whole story, making anything possible!
I recently saw an adaptation of this at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London and I absolutely loved it! Despite it being around 3 hours in length, I was so engrossed in the story that I barely even noticed. I love the character of Lady Macbeth and, seemingly, how powerful she is in comparison to her husband.
Thanks for reading!