Archive for December, 2009

Richard III/3 Richards

December 9, 2009

Apropos of tomorrow’s agenda in class, here’s a great website wherein Sir Ian McKellen introduces three very different takes on the famous opening speech of Shakespeare’s Richard III.  This past summer, there was a production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music entitled ‘Richard III:  An Arab Tragedy’.

If there’s time, we might also get a chance to listen to a bit of this multimedia interview with the director, Suleyman al-Bassam.  It’s quite a twist to listen to the video:  al-Bassam translated Shakespeare’s text into (high?) Arabic, then flashed surtitles in re-translated English for the benefit of the American audience.