One of our regional theaters is gearing up for an outdoor production of The Tempest right now, and it’s got me in a Shakespearean frame of mind. After the cut, let’s see how much you know about the Bard of Avalon.
- Name two of his works that feature a play within a play.
- Which is considered to be the bloodiest play in the canon?
- Which play opens with the infamous “Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble”?
- What would you call the answer to #4 if you didn’t want to invoke its curse?
- What do King Henry V and Sherlock Holmes have in common?
- Which play provides the framework for the television show Sons of Anarchy?
- Which twentieth century musical gives a nod to its Shakespearean roots with the song “Brush up your Shakespeare”?
- Which character crosses over from Henry IV, parts one and two, into The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Shakespearean version of a spin-off?
- This play, when it was originally performed, would have featured a man, pretending to be a woman who is pretending to be a man, sort of like an Elizabethan Victor/Victoria.
- For which play did Shakespeare coin the phrase “the beast with two backs”?
- And on that note, which play has a scene full of dildo humor?
To me, one of the marks of what a strong poet Shakespeare was is how utterly powerful his words can be in a modern setting. Case in point: