From Avon to London: Shakespeare is coming to …. The 2012 Olympics ! !
April 26, 2012
A few mornings ago, as I was listening to my daily BBC News radio show, I have noticed that the World Shakespeare Festival was heavily advertised. I started thinking if 2012 were his quadricentennial anniversary of death, or perhaps birth. Although not to far off, I was mistaken. On April 26, 448 years ago, William Shakespeare lived; on April 23, 396 years ago, William Shakespeare died.
Well, at first glance, the month of April is a liaison, not only associated with spring romance, but also, at least for this year, with Shakespeare. Thus, Shakespeare’s Spring, which I decided to emphasize by the following love quotes:
“If music be the food of love, play on.” – Twelfth Night (Act 1, Scene 1)
“The course of true love never did run smooth” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 1, Scene 2)
“Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs” – Romeo & Juliet (Act 1, Scene 1)
“I love you more than words can wield the matter, Dearer than eyesight, space and liberty” – King Lear (Act 1, Scene 1)
“Love is begun by time, and time qualifies the spark and fire of it” – Hamlet (Act 4, Scene 7)
Oh how romantic are thou William, my dear. And romantic he was. In his testament, he did make a point, however, of leaving his wife his “second best bed”, which has led to much speculation.
In reminiscent of Charles Dickens, regardless on the education received, classical or not, Shakespeare has always been drilled into our minds and introduced as on of the greatest English bard/ poet and play writer, celebrated then and now.
But unlike Dickens, this Bard of Avon’s work has sold more than a million tickets to attend productions and festivities held in his honor, which spread from April 21 until September 2012.
Only Shakespeare, the Institution, is grand and coveted enough to compete against the 2012 Olympics, in London, which will take place from July 7th until August 12th. But why compete when you can unite? And along came a union. No, I am not implying that Dickens and Shakespeare will be this year’s mascots. We will leave the parading and merchandising to Wenlock and Mandeville. Okay well just the parading now that I think of it.
The Olympic ceremonies, created by Danny Boyle, are inspired from Caliban’s speech in The Tempest: “Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises.”
Who could have brought up these magnificent, perfectly marriage events this summer? You would never guess.
The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development?
The Department of Tourism?
An eccentric billionaire philanthropist?
Well, it is none other than BP. Yes as in oil spill British Petroleum and oil sand BP: this year’s official founding presenting partner.
Okay Okay, I will step down (for now) and go no further in my synchronicity and sarcasm as I will allow culture to shine, without being overshadowed by the clouds of corporate opportunism.
On this subject, see you in September, when everything is said and done! I will surely pick it up then where I am leaving it now. But something tells me that I will probably have new wars, coups and uprisings to write about.
Enjoy the Olympics!
Okay Okay I’ll stop. Enjoy the Olympics. I mean it this time.
Brought to you by BP … World Domination through
British World Pollution and British World Exploitation.
I can’t help it.
Thus Always …
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