Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Recess: The Littlest Hamlet



Many of us weren't exposed to Shakespeare until we reached high school. My recollection was of a dry take on the Bard delivered by a droning teacher. Then we were shuffled en masse into the auditorium to watch a black-and-white version of "Julius Caesar," starring Marlon Brando. Even my inexperienced eye told me this guy was sorely miscast, wooden and boring.

Most adults express surprise that I'm tackling Shakespeare with elementary school children, but I gotta hand it to the actor Brian Cox as he introduces Hamlet to this tot.

Have a look. It's riotously hopeful.


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