“The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

I think Coriolanus has the longest Act 1 I've read so far, but the long setup is useful--and needed--in setting up the characters and the situation in a dwindling Rome. Coriolanus begins with citizens griping about the recent famine and grain stores of the wealthy which are full. They call one of them out, Martius … Continue reading “The Tragedy of Coriolanus,” from The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

“The Tragedy of King Richard the Second,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare

So, now we've drifted back to the events that helped lead up to the contention between the houses of York and Lancaster, with the rise of the Lancasters in this one (and for a few more). For fans of┬áThe Hollow Crown--King Richard uses this particular phrase to good effect, actually, in this play. The Tragedy … Continue reading “The Tragedy of King Richard the Second,” From The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, by W. Shakespeare