Friday, March 27, 2009

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,0,1031508.story

“Ages Of Man” sounds like the sort of show I would love.

Think of Ages as a collection of Shakespeare's greatest hits. The show is a one-actor tour de force initially performed by Sir John Gielgud in the late 1950s in Europe and the U.S.The concoction includes the monologue from As You Like It that provides the title of the current show; King Lear mourning the death of his daughter, Cordelia; Hamlet's soliloquy on suicide and Prospero's retirement speech at the end of The Tempest.

Ages also showcases several much-loved sonnets: the 18th (Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?), the 116th (Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment) and the 29th (When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes).


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