A decade ago I was gonna read all of the Shakespeare plays I hadn’t already. Yeah, Samuel Johnson had me nailed there. #culturalcapital
But here we are, under lockdown. And before I get going with The Wire, I’m gonna at least read the ones I have not “done”, and those that I have scant knowledge of. So, here is the leap off page for that.
There’s three categories.
Plays I know well enough to be going on with– Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard II, The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello (13)
Plays I don’t know as well as I might (though I have seen/read back in the day) – Henry V, Twelfth Night, Winter’s Tale, Anthony and Cleopatra (4)
Nopes, never been theres or if I have I don’t remember them at alls – All’s Well that Ends Well, As You Like It, Love’s Labor Lost, Measure for Measure, Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Henry IV pts 1 and 2, Henry VI pts 1,2, 3, Henry V111, King John, Pericles, Richard III, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida (20)
Once I have read and written about the the “nope nevers” I might graduate to the “don’t know well enoughs” but fuck me, that’s twenty plays….
Also, I’ll read – Bingo by Edward Bond.
And possibly this – Babak Ashrafkhani Limoudehi 2017 An Anthropogenic Upheaval: Edward Bond’s Bingo, Shakespeare’s Enclosure, and Terrocentric Identity. Ecumenica Vol. 10, No. 2 (Spring 2017), pp. 19-28 https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5325/ecumenica.10.2.0019?seq=1