365 Days of Shakespeare

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There appears to be a new Master of Verse in town. Don’t worry, you’re still the best, this guy is just pretty good.

Paul Meier, a professor at Kansas University and the director of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is staging what is believed to be the first full-length production of one of Shakespeare’s plays using the original pronunciation (OP) of his words. This is a 400-year-old dialect – not an easy one to master, I would imagine, and a huge undertaking for both those researching it and those performing in it.

Would you like to hear Shakespeare in the OP? You can by clicking here! I gave the recordings a listen and I was fascinated. It sounds so different and yet so familiar…I would be very interested in exploring this further. Anyone interested in doing something like this at Richmond Shakespeare? I’m up for it if you are!

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Written by Caroline Mincks

January 19, 2010 at 12:14 AM

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