Produced by the Emmy Award winning team at Cromwell Productions, this video is an invaluable guide to understanding Shakespeare's tragedies. With the expert knowledge and interpretation of Prof Stanley Wells, and Dr Russell Jackson of the Shakespeare Institute, and Dr Robert Smallwood of the Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-UpomAvon, the central themes of two of Shakespeare's works are examined. Topics addressed include:
Romeo and Juiet: Q - Why has Romeo and Juliet proved such a popular play? Q - Is the balcony scene the "core and heart" of the play? Q - Should modem audiences feel uncomfortable at both the lovers' extreme youth? Hamlet Q - Why has Hamlet become one of the most influential pieces of literature in the world? Q - What are the bounds preventing Hamlet from carrying out his revenge? Q - Is Hamlet's harsh treatment of Ophelia justifiable?