Today marks the anniversary of what is agreed to have been, from baptismal records, the birthdate of William Shakespeare, and he died on the same date 402 years ago. A wonderful way of remembering the dates was taught to pensitivity 101 — at least, it works for me.
You need to start by knowing that the birth date was in the 1500s. Then you remember that the normal order of + or – has the + first. So, you add the 1 and the 5 to get 6: so far 156. Now you take the 5 again but minus 1. Voila: 1564. You know he lived more than 36 years, so the next century date must be 1600. Just add another 16 to give ‘1616’ and there it is. For the actual date, you have already used 1 to calculate the year. Continue from that and you get 234. Done! Yes, 23rd of the 4th month is the date! Americans won’t get confused, because 34th February wouldn’t exactly work. So, if you win a million in a quiz contest by knowing these dates, remember to give pensitivity 101 and self a cut!
The Will bit I have always enjoyed most is Much Ado About Nothing. It has a good story, and the character of Beatrice is delightful (especially played by Emma Thompson). I prefer her to the Rosalind of As You Lie Kit.
Midsummer Night’s Dream has also got much to commend it, in my view. It is good fun.
I remember many years ago Youngest Daughter draped in a tree on a very cold night wearing some glued-on flowers in strategic spots and nothing else, for an outdoor performance.
Who can identify the play with these lines? —