Twelfth Night in April

Shakespeare’s Flowers / Jessica Kerr with Illustrations by Anne O Dowden (out of print)
from the private shelf

Shakespeare Monday

by David Levine / NYRB

Each Month’s first Monday at Schröersche is dedicated to Shakespeare. That is an hour of reading in allotted characters with whoever shows up at the shop. Sometimes there are three, sometimes six – the more the merrier. In that manner we’ve read through eleven plays so far and are just to embark upon – well, actually it is a comedie that should be read at the turn of the year, but what the heck: Twelfth Night it should be in good order, as we follow the classical scheme of comedies first, this coming Monday, 3rd of April, starting at 6 pm. (see: Termine)

Reclam Shakespeare Dramen (mit der deutschen Übersetzung von August Wilhelm Schlegel) – gebunden, 29,95 € / Four Great Comedies – Signet Classics Paperback, 8,80 €

Some copies are available, but if you happen to have a Twelfth Night in possession, please bring it along. Of course you are welcome to purchase a book. There’s also a german/engl edition, Reclam, coming in, at 7,80 €.

Yale Shakespeare, from private shelf

Twelfth Night, or, What You Will

»’I am all the daughters of my father’s house,
And all the brothers too.‘

Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister…«

quoth the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-upon-Avon

Now reading this I remember to have visited the play in the Eighties on some of Berlin West’s stages, which one I don’t remember, but it had been an entrancing experience.

This is what Sir Toby says in Act 2 – thus it’s fitting for lent reading after all:

Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?

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