Wow! Cultural commentator Jon Salt really raises some good points in his new blog about Shakespeare.
- He’s timeless (actually he was born in 1564 and died 1616). However his plays live on. And therefore he lives on forever. Like God. And Margaret Thatcher.
- He’s bawdy. There’s rumors that he slept around, but he was obviously a deeply sexual man, and I can relate to that.
- As well as a great playwright, he also liked to act. It’s a bit like the Bee Gees, who although good at writing songs for others, couldn’t resist the limelight.
- He wasn’t on Twitter or Facebook and I respect that. Granted it was in a time before the internet existed. But he didn’t try and invent it. He was happy just writing his plays.
- He’s universal. His plays are performed all over the world. Including Manchester.
- He was ahead of his time. In Othello he predicted that black people could hold positions of power. 400 years later out steps Will Smith…
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