Another Shakespearean Tragedy

2 August 2013

“True hope is swift, and flies with swallow’s wings;
Kings it makes gods, and meaner creatures kings.”

(Act 5 Scene 2. Line 24) Richard III

Cambridge is unique and incomparable to other Universities in most aspects of academics. Each summer the ‘Shakespeare Festival’ takes place in the gardens of several Cambridge Colleges. Shakespeare wrote thirty-eight plays during his lifetime, and eight of his best are chosen to be performed every summer in this Cambridge Festival. Running from the 8th of July until the 17th of August, performers dress up in their finest ‘Shakespearean’ attire and prance around the gardens reciting lines from these greats:

‘The Comedy of Errors’
‘Much Ado About Nothing’
‘Cymbeline’
‘Romeo and Juliet’
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
‘Richard III’
‘Hamlet’
‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’

This evening, I joined three of my friends in the garden of Saint John’s College to watch ‘Richard III’. This is a Shakespearean Tragedy, yet doubles as a historical documentary of Richard III’s life as he strives to gain the thrown of the Kingdom of England. He is a deformed, vicious, and angry man who kills anyone and everyone in order to reach the thrown. This play was chosen particularly to be shown in the festival this summer because earlier this year remains of Richard the III were discovered in a car park in Leister Square London. I have been to Leister Square several times so I thought it fitting that I attend this Shakespeare play. It was an incredible performance, and it made me want to study Shakespeare and his writings in even further detail. Shakespeare coined thousands of words that can now be found in the Oxford English Dictionary, and he was a man who inspired millions through his acts on stage.

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