Wisconsin is just one of many locations celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th death anniversary. The genius behind notable plays and sonnets has inspired scores of artists. There’s no wonder several theaters are paying homage.
This doesn’t mean your only option is to go out and share the experience with a big crowd in one of the many outdoor locations showing Shakespeare’s work. For those who would like to enjoy Willie’s work sans the strangers, an outdoor theater for a select few should do the trick.
Small Group Readings
Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream are just some of Shakespeare’s most notable works. Feel free to take out your copy and read with your book club. If you don’t have one, this is the time to start.
Discuss whether Romeo and Juliet’s love was true, or whether Kate was a changed person at the end of the Shrew. Channel your creative juices and create poems inspired by your club’s chosen piece.
If you’d rather watch than read, get your DVD of Romeo and Juliet and call for some clear span tent rental. Set up the outdoor theater and take your pick from the 1996 adaptation featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, or the 2013 version starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld. There’s also Gnomeo & Juliet, if you want something more child-friendly.
There’s also 10 Things I Hate About You, inspired by Taming of the Shrew. Go for a marathon of the TV series or watch the 1999 movie — it’s up to you how much time you want to devote to it. The movie features Health Ledger, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Julia Stiles, though. Imagine an outdoor theater under the starry skies while watching them on screen. Perhaps even Shakespeare would marvel at the sight of such talents playing some notable roles.
Shakespeare is one talented writer who should be remembered for all ages. Feel free to remember his works any way you want.