5 classical dramas you should know

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As an actress I’m often asked which plays I recommend and I thought today it’s time for some basics. 
Here are my favourite classical dramas which everybody should have read:
1. The Tempest// William Shakespeare
feat. Ariel & Caliban – the weirdest and funniest characters ever (and Puck of course!)
The magician Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, lives on a primitive island with his 15 year old daughter, Miranda, for the past 12 years.
 This was all caused by Propero’s brother Antonio claiming that he is the rightful Duke of Milan, putting Prospero and Miranda out to sea in a leaky boat. 
On the island Prospero has the aid of Ariel, an airy spirit, and Caliban, who is the (WEIRD) son of the former ruler of the island ( a witch).
Prospero causes a tempest to attack a ship carrying Antonio, Antonio’s ally Alonso the King of Naples, and Alonso’s son. 

In the shipwreck, the various passengers come ashore separately and the magic happens.
it’s more comedy than drama, with delicate characters and magical incidences.

2. Faust I// Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
a german legend, very smart and critical 
Faust is bored and disappointed. 
He decides to call on the Devil for further knowledge and magic powers with which to indulge all the pleasure of the world. 
In response, the Devil’s representative, Mephistopheles, appears. He makes a bargain with Faust: 
Mephistopheles will serve Faust with his magic powers but gets Faust’s soul then.
Mephisto helps him to seduce a beautiful and innocent girl, named Gretchen, whose life is ultimately destroyed. 
it’s not that easy to understand it all, I must admit, but though it’s very old play it has
very modern topics and broadens your horizon.

3. Hamlet// William Shakespeare
the must of all musts. story about life and choices
Hamlet returns to Denmark when his father, the King, dies.
 His mother Gertrude has already married Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, the new King. They urge Hamlet to marry his beloved Ophelia.
 But soon the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears and tells Hamlet that he was murdered by Claudius and Gertrude.
 Hamlet must choose between passive acquiescence and the need for a vengeance which might lead to tragedy.
MASTERPIECE – I’ve never cried so much, laughed so much and felt so strong
after reading a play. ever. favourite play of all times.

4. The Maid of Orleans// Friedrich von Schiller
passionate adventure full of hope and love
Joan of Arc – the Hundred Years War Heroine (and still is a French national hero)
As a teenager she hears voices from on high urging her to save France from English domination.
the young Joan gathers the people with her faith, forms an army and conquerors Orleans.
Later she gets arrested, sold to the Burgundians England and submitted to a shameful political trial.
she is the queen of passionate speeches! cut a slice.

5. Peer Gynt// Henrik Ibsen
nordic roadmovie adventure
it’s all about the daydreaming Peer who lives with his mom Aase.
 as he attends a wedding he meets Solveig, a girl who is really attracted to him. 
 but Peer kidnaps the bride and all the trouble starts
as a fugitive he travels around and meets really strange character (e.g. the troll-daugther and
the Button Moulder)
a wonderful fairytale, worth reading!

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Talisa said...

Alles tolle Stücke, eine sehr gute Auswahl :)

hannah said...

vier davon gelesen, das hat mich gerade wirklich überrascht ;)

Great post and great recommendations! I’ve read both Shakespeare and Ibsen, but none of these, so they’ll have to go on the list! :)
Have a fantastic evening!


Milex said...

and this is what I like

Luisa said...

eigentlich mal ein sehr cooler post, mal ein bisschen Bildung ;) und eigentlich finde auch auch das jeder mal ein paar stücke davon gelesen haben soll, aich wenn ich es ehrlich gesagt noch nciht gemacht habe, schande über mich! :D