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I love Shakespeare's play for this and several other speeches it contains -- and for the lessons it teaches about the futility of clinging to power. That said, the excerpt you quoted from Tey / Daviot's play make me want to read it as well ... or even better, see it performed some day. (A girl can dream, can't she?) Not to mention the swoon-inducing cover and the notion of seeing John Gielgud as Richard ...
BrokenTune 3 years ago
I would love to see it performed, too. Reading a play is one thing, but as we know, seeing it performed turns it into something alive. If it was such a success on stage, it really must have been something else.

Alas, we'll have to make do with the script in the meantime.

By the way, the play (and others by Tey and many other oop books) can be found online:

As for the speeches in RII, they were magnificent. I could have quoted a few more, too.

The biggest surprise to me was John of Gaunt's Sceptred Isle speech which is usually only quoted in parts. It was great to see it in its full length with the added criticism/warning that JoG added:

Is now leased out, I die pronouncing it,
Like to a tenement or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watery Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself."
Yes -- I guess the final part doesn't suit the hooray crowd, but it's really the *entirety* of the speech that conveys Shakespeare's message. And this, too, could have been written yesterday, unfortunately.

Thanks for the link! Will go exploring forthwith!
BrokenTune 3 years ago

I'm telling you, it was rather creepy to read Shakespeare's play, Tey's 1932 version, and the current papers at the same time.
I can imagine. :(