Watched Hamlet back in January and remembered this thread, hope nobody minds me doing this little necromancy, been meaning to post.
My mother has always hated the way Shakespeare is forced down childrens throats in England, leading to some sympathy when Blackadder attacked Shakespeare
(ignore the comments). As a teacher she often accompanied the children to their outing at their theater, long after they had got sick of the guy, they weren't exactly too happy at going to it. After the play was done, some of them were very regretful they hadn't listened properly from start of play and had loved what they heard. How many others were lost to his works or plays themselves by the force feeding?
I'm not fond of reading plays (I prefer to act them out) and I generally don't watch too many plays on TV though my sister loves them. My mother would rent a Shakespeare dvd, an old one usually, every six months for us to watch when I was younger, her, my little sister and me. Some I didn't like but overall, I enjoyed them, they could be funny but the stories flowed well and the characters were good. I can't compere Shakespeare with other's of his time, I simply don't know enough about plays in general to comment, I just admire the particular playwright's work and the ability of others to adapt it (example, the bbc's mini modern Shakespeare series was highly entertaining). Old language, new language, old world, new world, as long as it is well directed and well acted, it works and makes for an enjoyable afternoon
“You, are a rebellious son who abandoned his father. You are a cruel brigand who murdered his lord. How can Heaven and Earth put up with you for long? And unless you die soon, how can you face the sight of men?”