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Messing With Shakespeare's Language


To me, Shakespeare’s brilliance comes from the rhythm and texture of his language. There’s a cadence and a pacing in his words that once recognised, makes his work so beautiful to read (and perform).

But I also see the way that his work has been polished and crafted over the centuries, with different productions making sense of the text to suit the time and place.

Shakespeare didn’t expect his words to remain static on the page.

In fact, his folio versions came about because his plays were constantly changing and he wanted definitive versions.

Let the words change with the times. Let the language breathe and take shape.

Why We (Mostly) Stopped Messing With Shakespeare's Language