Time to Brush up Your Shakespeare!
By Sarah Griggs
Shakespeare can be a bit of a “Marmite” subject, you either love him or hate him. Me, well I can’t get enough. I have to admit that I was a little nervous when my class were given “The Scottish Play” to study for ‘O’ Level but once I got use to the language, I understood it. And after 2 years of it for English, I got it for a further year with Drama.
On the subject of Drama, I got involved with a community drama production of Romeo and Juliet just over 20 years ago – staged at Canterbury Cathedral no less!
It was an interesting experience as there were two casts of principals and one chorus, all amateurs and from all over Kent. During the 2 weeks of performances (it was a hot fortnight and heavy velvet costumes didn’t help), there were 2 performances per night. The first cast of principals would start in the nave and when they moved on to the next part of the Cathedral for the next scene, the second performance would start in the nave an hour later. And the one chorus (of which I was part) would be running around the Cathedral precincts following the performances and singing whatever was needed.
To this day, I still remember us ladies lifting our skirts and sprinting between scenes from Nave to Water Garden to Chapter House, to Crypt and still making sure we had enough breathe to sing!
Oh, and I was still working during the day and driving to Canterbury in the evening. It made for a very long day and a very long two weeks but I wouldn’t have missed it for anything. And I think I have a better understanding of Shakespeare as a result.
Today the brand new Royal Mail 2016 Shakespeare stamps are on sale, we have two brilliant first day covers portraying Venus & Adonis and Hamlet. Also we have two incredible signers for this issue including a 2016 Oscar winner synonymous with Royal Shakespeare. Take a look who it is here…
BC539 Marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare this cover features a stunning image of Ophelia from Hamlet having 5 stamps from the set with London SE1 FDI postmark 5.4.16 £16.95
BC539A Marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare this cover features a stunning image of Venus & Adonis having 5 stamps from the set with Stratford-Upon-Avon FDI pmk 5.4.16 £16.95