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January Week Three

Can't believe it's week three of January, Fag Enders, but it is! This week we have some exciting picture prompts, drawn from the long tradition of reinventing Shakespeare for modern viewers. As always, feel free to take them in any direction you like - perhaps an AU along similar lines, or something taken from the setting, emotion or composition of the images. If you know anything more about the productions here, why not include that in your thinking as well?

1. Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996), in which Romeo crashes a fancy dress party dressed as a knight. I think Juliet is a fairy(?). Juliet is an angel. (Aww?)

2. ShakespeareRe-Told: Macbeth (2005), in which Macbeth is a chef in a multi Michelin star restaurant, who likes milk but not so much murder. The witches are binmen. On Wikipedia.

3. Phyllida Lloyd's Julius Caesar (2013), where Cassius is taking down this women's prison. This production is unseen by the mods, but possibly on a to-see list. Review at the Guardian.

4. Greg Doran's Hamlet (2008-9), in which David Tennant wears a parka, amongst other things. Also on DVD, but the memory of the theatre production still sticks in this mod's mind, mostly for all the mirroring glass. Pics from the Guardian and the Telegraph.

5. Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), in which some garden gnomes shake up Stratford upon Avon (and the standard plot of R&J). With Ozzy Osbourne voicing a random deer ornament and a soundtrack of Elton John songs; championed by bogwitch. This mod was surprisingly impressed.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 15th, 2013 08:08 pm (UTC)
They all look great. Especially the last one.
Jan. 15th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
May the gnomes live happily ever after!
Jan. 15th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Claire Danes is supposed to be an angel in that outfit.

No West Side Story?
Jan. 15th, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
Nope. Gnomeo and Juliet beat it hands down. There is gnomes!
Jan. 15th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
That does make more sense...

Unfortunately there was not a strong lobby group for West Side Story in the confab, though it was on our list of options!
Jan. 15th, 2013 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh! Oh! But the Taming of the Shrew: Retold had Ima Sumac in the soundtrack, creating a ready-made BtVS connection! Plus, Rufus Sewell in stockings was immensely inspirational for this comm member. I'm going to pretend it's up there. *nods*
Jan. 15th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Shame, we almost had 10 Things I Hate About You.
Jan. 15th, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
But... The witches are binmen. *stars in eyes*
Jan. 16th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, yeah. Artistry and culture. Pfft. I'm talking about Rufus Sewell in a frock, fer heaven's sake. Why can't you see that?

Kidding. Mostly.
Jan. 18th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Have I mentioned how much I appreciate the *pretty* here? McAvoy and Tennant? Yes indeed.

That MacBeth shot is inspiring. I don't think I watched this, which was clearly my mistake.
Jan. 18th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
We aim to please(?)! And clearly you should watch the Macbeth; the links in the prompt might help you with that...
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