ShakespeaRe-Told : Shakespeare on Television

Although I’ve just missed the first episode (curse me for being so far behind in my posting!), I see that BBC America is doing a 4part, very modern retelling of Much Ado (last night’s), Macbeth, Midsummer, and Taming of the Shrew. By very modern, I mean very — Much Ado casts Beatrice and Benedick as co-anchors on a news program, Macbeth is about an ambitious chef taking over his boss’ restaurant (haven’t we discussed that one before?), Midsummer takes place at a woodsy family resort of Shrew apparently casts Kate as a ruthless female politician. Note that these productions are “inspired by”, and not actual modern dress versions of the original text. But, still, could be fun.

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