Ferretbrain Presents: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Episode 3 - Henry VIII

by Wardog

He's Henry the Eighth, he is, he is.
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The usual duo and special guest Arthur struggle to work out who the interchangeable lords are in Shakey's least famous history play.
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Arthur B at 21:21 on 2012-07-26
We should have a This Naughty Earth theme.

I don't know what we'd use it for but that's an Earth I want to visit.
Ibmiller at 11:28 on 2012-07-27
Oooh, a special guest. Those are awesome! (Not that it's not awesome to have Kyra and Dan too).

This play - isn't there a lot of debate over authorship (aside from elitist idiocy about Oxford or Bacon or Marlowe or somesuch)? As in Shakespeare really probably didn't write much of it at all?
Arthur B at 11:53 on 2012-07-27
The division of authorship between Shakes and John Fletcher (as outlined on Wikipedia) seems fairly even until towards the end. I guess Shakespeare also lost interest once Wolsey died.
Ibmiller at 15:46 on 2012-07-27
T'be fair, other than Saint Thomas More, who wouldn't? ;-)
Arthur B at 16:03 on 2012-07-27
Interestingly, Thomas More is entirely absent from the play.

Meanwhile Shakers and Fletch decided to give a speaking role to the famed Doctor Butts.
Ibmiller at 17:00 on 2012-07-27
My guess is that the Sainted More wouldn't work as well in terms of Covering Their Own Sit-Me-Down-Upons as Wolsey and Katherine of Aragon.
Arthur B at 17:23 on 2012-07-27
Maybe he's in the director's cut. (Henry VIII: The Naughty Version.)
Ibmiller at 23:53 on 2012-07-27
You mean The Tudors? ;-)
Alice at 18:27 on 2012-08-01
I was going to say "sadly, I couldn't watch this so I read the text instead", but it sounds like that might have been the better way of doing it: I rather enjoyed reading it, and it doesn't sound like the production was much fun. I'd have liked to have seen the cast of The Lord of the Rings try Cranmer, though.

Random "aha!" moment of the play: recognising the line "Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition: By that sin fell the angels" -- because it's quoted in an essay Laura Ingalls writes in one of the Little House on the Prairie books.
Dan H at 18:29 on 2012-08-01
Random "aha!" moment of the play: recognising the line "Cromwell, I charge thee, fling away ambition: By that sin fell the angels" -- because it's quoted in an essay Laura Ingalls writes in one of the Little House on the Prairie books.


I misread that as "it's quoting an essay" which confused me.
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