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What Shakespeare Play Should I Read? An Infographic

Posted by Jessica on April 23, 2013 603238

Happy birthday, William Shakespeare! In his honor, try our helpful infographic to find out what celebrated play you should read next.



Where did you end up—comedy, history, or tragedy?

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message 1: by JR (last edited Apr 23, 2013 02:39AM) (new)

JR Hassett Love's Labour's Lost - that's because I decided to read what our local Shakespeare Festival is performing. I'll never get them all read, but it's a start.
http://www.bard.org/plays/2013.html#....

P.S. The infographic is wonderful and well done.

Jr


message 2: by Carole-Ann (new)

Carole-Ann "A Midsummer Night's Dream" because it was funny and as a prelude to reading "Twelfth Night" for O-level exams 60 years ago!!

Done most of the rest as Film/TV stuff

Infographic is super, btw :)


message 3: by C. (new)

C. I've always found "Midsummer" to be a great entry play, but "Much Ado about Nothing" can work wonders as well, because so much of that one just feels so modern. It's one of those that, when the theatre I work for puts it on, we get asked how much of the language we changed -- when it isn't a word!

As much as I do love reading, seeing Shakespeare's plays performed isn't just "a good start" -- it's the *best* way to experience them. (Well... maybe second-best, behind actually performing them!). These are plays, after all -- Shakespeare wrote them for a stage and voices and bodies, not to mention that most crucial of elements: an audience. See them if you can; you're missing out on the real delight if you don't. This is a great and quite well-thought-out flow-chart, though!


message 4: by Antje (new)

Antje Wish I could get this poster for my English classroom.


message 5: by M (new)

M I love love love this, almost as much I love the Bard himself!


message 6: by Gabriela (new)

Gabriela Solis Amazing!


message 7: by Adam (new)

Adam Fitzroy I ended up with 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' - tickets for which I have unfortunately just failed to get.


message 8: by Aiyana (new)

Aiyana Great chart. I think my first Shakespeare play was Macbeth.


Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM) Very clever! I just finished a take off on 'Taming of the Shrew'. It was Leslie Gould's 'Courting Cate'. Kind of like Shakespeare meets Amish. Very amusing!


message 10: by Alondra (new)

Alondra It would've been great if you could click on the book you ended up with and it took you to the review.


message 11: by Richard (new)

Richard Okay, Titus it is, once again.


message 12: by Priti (new)

Priti Comedy of Errors for me, and this is a great chart!


message 13: by кєяo (new)

кєяo Wow, Good job!!!


Ƥαʋℓα Я ♏❥ I loved all I read, but got really impressed by Richard III


message 15: by Mr. Davies (new)

Mr. Davies Kudos. Any chance you might market this? I'd love to have it as a poster in my classroom.


message 16: by Laurie (new)

Laurie Hook I want a copy too.


message 17: by Crystal (new)

Crystal Bryan Working on my 2nd Hamlet now. When you have actors that can speak it like they're thinking it, and tragedians who don't mind also playing the foolish knave (and don't 'saw the air too much like thus') it's a wonderful experience. Also have done the ballet of Midsummer and did the play in college. My scenic design choice was a la Salvadore Dali.


message 18: by Darren (new)

Darren Freebury-Jones As a Shakespeare scholar, I much prefer the tragedies, but as a starting point I would highly recommend A Midsummer Night's Dream. Simplistic language in comparison to say Hamlet, and genuinely funny. A great introduction!


message 19: by Jessie (new)

Jessie Can we teachers have permission to print this as a poster in our classroom? It's fantastic!! :)


message 20: by Mark (new)

Mark Wilkerson Titus Andronicus it is!!!


message 21: by Peter (new)

Peter Baker This is great infographic. I love Hamlet, but it took me to As You Like It. I should probably look for a reliable source for e-scripts and read more Shakespeare's plays.


message 22: by Raya (new)

Raya Pomelkova great chart, now I want to abandon everything that I'm reading at the moment and indulge in some Shakespeare!


message 23: by Sara (new)

Sara Great chart, bookmarked for future reference. A preliminary stroll brings me out to As You Like It. Guess I'll give it a try, and add it to the never-ending list.


message 24: by Pat (new)

Pat Awesome chart. Going to try and read 2 books by Shakespeare this summer. Wonderful info graphic.


message 25: by Weyr (new)

Weyr As a reader of Shakespeare (and sharing a birthday with the date traditionally presumed to be his, woot) I don't think there's anything wrong with watching them performed instead of reading them.. they are PLAYS. Written to be played and watched. I love when I see them updated. I think that if Shakespeare's true sense of humor and personality is anything like what we gather of him through is plays, he would approve of a lot of them. Not Gnomeo and Juliet, but I liked it. :)


message 26: by pilar (new)

 pilar Me faltan las palabras para definir este impresionante trabajo!!


message 27: by Kathy (new)

Kathy Yates I wish I could have had this infographic back when I was teaching high school English. Very clever!


message 28: by Jay (last edited Jul 16, 2013 08:54PM) (new)

Jay Delorenzis Ok. I'm going to challenge myself to read one play a month until I've read them all. I've read about 8 throughout the years, but never really got into a Shakespearean play. One a month (in addition to the other major work of fiction I will be reading at that time) is a good length of time to deeply contemplate what the bard is telling us.


message 29: by Emi (new)

Emi Can I get this as a poster?


message 30: by Jay (new)

Jay Delorenzis I'm starting with "The Merchant of Venice" and then reading a bunch of other works I've never read. The thing is that Shakespeare was obviously meant to be watched on a stage, with actors and props. I'd like to see a movie version of all the plays that I read.


message 31: by Nadia (new)

Nadia This is awesome. I wish there was a 'Love' button for this. I have never really made it through any of Shakespeare's work. But someday I will and this infographic will help me choose what to read in what order.


message 32: by Bev (new)

Bev Where can we purchase this poster? It is "da bomb"!


message 33: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Ludlam Jessica, this is lovely! I, too, would like to purchase your graphic as a poster for my classroom. Is that possible?

I've been attending the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. this past two years and marveling over the versatility of Shakespeare (Taming of the Shrew set on a Western stage?!?! Yet, it totally worked!) I teach Hamlet and Macbeth in the classroom and they never grow old.


Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥ Ok, right off the bat I don't like this. It starts off with "First time reading the Bard?" And all it gives you is "Yes", "Um, I've seen some performed. Does that count?" or "No, I speak in Iambic pentameter". So basically the options are Yes, Yes, and Expert Level. There is no middle ground.


message 35: by Marlene (new)

Marlene This infographic starts with the false premise that Shakespeare should be read. Shakespeare's plays were meant to be seen and performed, not read. Or at least, not read silently and privately but aloud and in groups.


message 36: by Diana (new)

Diana Collins Great Infographic!

I will check it out and start reading. Thanks a lot!


message 37: by Fuzzyrants (new)

Fuzzyrants My first play by the Bard was Twelfth Night. Enjoyed it so much. I've been doing the tragedies lately, so I guess I'll go for a comedy this time.


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