The very word brings grunts and groans bellowing out the windows of high school English classrooms by all but the devoted drama dweebs, literary losers, and grammar geeks.
With Shakespeare’s plays always involving violence, feuds, sex, murder plots, and ghosts, you’d think they would be right up any teen’s alley.
Of course, it’s the language that turns people off of Shakespeare. What makes Shakespeare considered so great by many purists, is exactly what makes him despised by the Generation-next.
Now, to mark the Cultural Olympiad, the London’s Globe theatre is staging each of Shakespeare’s plays in 37 different languages.
The Bitter Pills theatre company from Nairobi rehearsed tirelessly at the National Theatre in preparation for their performance of Merry Wives of Windsor in Swahili, BBC Africa’s Angela Ngendo reports.
Will the change of languages bring rise to a new and greater popularity of the plays, or will teens everywhere have to be “forced” to “appreciate” them?