SHAKESPEARE ALOUD

Henry VI part 2 – Act II, Scene 2

Day two here filming on the set of Merry Wives of Windsor. Another totally interesting scene. I’ve never seen this play all the way through – I think I join the ranks of most people who haven’t. But I’m fascinated by this contentious and superstitious world. Seems to be playing off of very topical themes in the old English psyche, and I don’t mean the language. Visions, portents, prophecies, fates, atrocities, revolutions, family members killing each other for money, lands, power, and of course the crown – makes the country look from the outside like a very dangerous place to be. Let’s go there for Christmas mommy! No dear, we’re going to Switzerland. They don’t put Catholic’s heads on spikes there…

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