Join us as we see Shakespeare's influence on us even today and appreciate the genius of the world's greatest playwright. Members chose The Two Noble Kinsmen to open the new semester. This was Shakespeare's last play, written in conjunction with John Fletcher. Arcite and Palamon, cousins, soldiers, and best friends, fall in love with the same woman. They compete for her love through a variety of challenges: prison, threats of banishment and death, and, finally, a duel. Hamlet is widely considered the greatest play ever written. The first of Shakespeare's great tragedies, it is the story of a young man returning from university for the funeral his father, the king of Denmark. Not only has his mother married his uncle, the ghost of his father appears seeking vengeance on the brother who murdered him to take his wife and his throne. Will Hamlet avenge his father and lose his immortal soul, or fail his father but save his own soul? Each magnificent soliloquy brings him closer to a decision. By member request, there will be reports on the theaters of Shakespeare's time and the life of Elizabeth I, the sitting queen through most of Shakespeare's life.
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