Shakespeare as Adventure

William Shakespeare is rarely thought of as adventure, typically we look at his, and other classical plays as either Drama or Comedy. However with remakes of his works coming out in the past 25years we are given a new perspective on classic works which lend themselves towards the adventure genre. Shakespeare’s classic “the tragedy of MacBeth” was remade in 2010 by pbs, to star Patrick Stewart as MacBeth, and is set in a soviet Russia era time period. Another classic remake “Richard III” was redone by Ian Mckellan in 1995. These as well as two other classic plays, “A mid-summers night dream” and “Romeo and Juliet” which were recently remade are specifically modern adventures. The new “mid-summers night dream” is set in a more Classical Tuscany and instead of just merely unintelligent humans that run around on the whim of fairies, we are given people who have more depth and a bit more control. The new “Romeo and Juliet” is possibly the greatest Shakespearean remake as an adventure. Set in more modern day “Verona Beach” which moderns many large cities in California, the feuding families are switched to warring business and gang empires. Romeo is specifically involved in this adventure more so then Juliet as he cris-crosses the city and eventually ends up dead.

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  1. Why are you not capitalizing titles of plays?!! Your trailer for R&J is up twice….
    Need to give more heft to Richard III and Macbeth as adventures.


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