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The Bard

I've been swotting up on Shakespeare as prep for the next round of Mastermind, concetrating on the comedies and tragedies. I've been outlining the basic plot, and making notes on the principal characters.
  Some of the comedies have been summarized very briefly, as I don't need to know the ins and outs of people being mistaken for one another/tricking one another etc. I really just need to know who ended up with whom. Love's Labour's Lost is essentially: King and 3 men vow to avoid company of women for three years in order to devote themselves to study. A Princess and 3 ladies come to visit his court. You can guess the rest.

I've done the comedies and am now working my way through the tragedies. Having read the summary, I agree with the Reduced Shakespeare Company's quote that 'Titus Andronicus' was written during Shakespeare's Tarantino period. One critic counted 14 murders (9 occurring onstage), 6 severed limbs, at least 1 rape, 1 live burial, 1 case of insanity (hardly surprsing, really) and 1 of cannibalism. It works out at one atrocity every 97 lines. I suspect the best thing about 'Titus Andronicus' is how Vincent Price re-enacted part of it to get his revenge on Robert Morley in the wonderful Theatre of Blood

And can anyone give me a good reason for 'Timon of Athens' ?

Anybody ?

Anybody ?

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