The Bard and the Bible
The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional) pairs 365 short passages from each of the two greatest works of English literature ever created, which were compiled in the same period and in the same city. It offers a year of daily readings based on verses from the King James Version of the Bible and lines from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The poetry of the Bard and the power of God's Word will enrich your understanding and appreciation of both, provide new ways to encounter and respond to God, and yield both intellectual stimulation and spiritual inspiration.
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Lee Wilkof and Michael Mulheren, recreating their delightful performance from the 1999 Broadway revival of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate (an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew).
In this week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast we pair Hamlet’s famous soliloquy (one of many) in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (“What a piece of work is man”) with Psalm 8:4-9 in the King James Version of the Bible.
Last Saturday I was accompanied by the lovely Robin to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company‘s commodious theater for a performance of Shakespeare’s Othello.
I always find Othello a tough play to watch, for obvious reasons, perhaps. This production was nonetheless worthwhile, with strong performances by Nick Rose as Iago and guest actor William Oliver Watkins in the title role.
I was a little distracted by the southern accent of Rose’s Iago and the British accent of Miranda McGee’s Emilia, but otherwise found the performance to be thoroughly engaging, well staged, and well played.
Othello runs through March 24 at the Otto M. Budig Theater in Cincinnati.
This week’s episode (here) of The Bard and the Bible Podcast does something we haven’t done before. We pair the same Shakespeare passage we featured last week–Orsino’s famous monologue in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night–but pair it with a different portion of the King James Version of the Bible: 1 John 4:7-12.
I love historical fiction in general, but I absolutely love novels about Shakespeare, Elizabethan/Jacobean England, and more. So I was excited to read Bernard Cornwell’s January 2018 release, Fools and Mortals.