- See a live stage performance of all of Shakespeare’s plays exactly once in your life, and then never again.
- Only ever see one Shakespeare play (your choice) for the rest of your life, but you get to see as many versions and interpretations as you want?
In other words, is the ultimate value in Shakespeare’s work represented by the variety across everything he wrote, or the infinite variation to be found in each work?
I think I’d take endless versions of a single play. I’ll learn something new from a Hamlet or a King Lear every time I see it, but I’m fairly confident that I could live my life never seeing Timon of Athens or Pericles. But could I ever pick one play? I can’t even pick one play to make the example!
I confess this is a bit of a trick question, because the only real way you can decide what play you’d want to see forever is if you’ve seen all the plays at least once in the first place 🙂