Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Shakespeare In Love
He was stabbed with a knife in a bar fight. When hearing of Marlowe's death, Will thought Lord Wessex had killed him because Wessex thought that was who Viola was in love with. It turned out Marlowe got in a fight over the bill.
|Why did the boy who was supposed to play Juliet have to drop out of the show moments before starting?||Shakespeare in Love
His voice changed. Viola filled in for him, and she got to play opposite Will, who took her role as Romeo.
|This one may be a little tough. In the morning, after Viola's 'first night' with Will, what does she say to the nurse when told 'It is a new day'? ('It is a ____ ____.')||Shakespeare in Love
Thomas Kent . She bound her chest with gauze to flatten herself out and to look more like a boy.
Judi Dench . Even though Mrs. Dench was on screen for approximately only 10-15 minutes, this role won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
|How much money did Will wager (and win) with the bet he had with Lord Wessex?||Shakespeare in Love
50 pounds. The bet was whether or not a play could show what love is really like. 'Romeo and Juliet' was the play that showed it.
|What alias did Will use at the DeLesshups' dance when speaking to Lord Wessex?||Shakespeare in Love
Christopher Marlowe . Will used the name of another play writer so Lord Wessex would not know who he really was.
Romeo. Viola had to dress up as a boy to be in the play because women were not allowed to act on stage during that time.
Ned. Thomas Kent, who is really Viola, is listening to Ned's instructions that ladies should be downstage, and "he" goes downstage.
|Will says "Of course you have not. I have not written it." Who is he speaking to?||Shakespeare in Love
Viola. He is trying to coach Thomas Kent and tells him about Act II, which Thomas says he hasn't read yet.
|When Viola finally meets Will, she says to him "Good sir, I heard you were a poet." He does not say anything in response, so she says to him "But a poet of __ _____?" Fill in the blank.||Shakespeare in Love
no words. He is then pulled aside by Lord Wessex and tells him that he is Christopher Marlowe, so that it will be hard to find him.
|Marlowe is talking to Will about his new play, saying "I have a new one and better. 'The Massacre at Paris'." What is Will's reply?||Shakespeare in Love
"Good title". Will compliments people for good names and titles several times throughout the movie.
|This should be an easy one. Fill in the blank. "Was this the ____ that launched a thousand _____, and burnt the topless towers of Ilium?"||Shakespeare in Love
face, ships. This is the most-repeated line in the movie. Almost everyone auditioning for the play used this line from one of Christopher Marlowe's plays, which Will was not very pleased about.
|Who is Will speaking to when he speaks this line? "Romeo and Rosaline, Scene One. God, I'm good!"||Shakespeare in Love
Henslowe. Henslowe then replies "Rosaline? You mean Ethel!" He mistakenly corrects people many times in this manner throughout the movie.
|Rosaline asks Will "When will you write me a sonnet, Will?" What is his response?||Shakespeare in Love
"I have lost my gift.". To this she replies "You left it in my bed. Come to look for it again."
"Words, Words, Words". This line was uttered in "Hamlet" by Hamlet, when asked what he was reading.
3 pm. We see on a flyer placed on a pole outside the Curtain Theatre that there is:"by permission of Mr Burbage, a Hugh Fennyman Production of Mr Henslowe's Presentation of The Admiral's Men in Performance of The excellent and Lamentable Tragedie of Romeo Juliet. With Mr Fennyman as the Apothecary. At Three of the Clocke in th' Afternoon". (sic)
|How much money is given, in total, to Lord Wessex by Viola's father, in exchange for his ancient name?||Shakespeare in Love
5050 pounds. Viola's father is revealed to have been a shop keeper, and hence of no extraordinary rank or noble birth. However, if his daughter marries Wessex, then his name will link Viola's father to the aristocracy. In exchange for his name, Viola's father tells Wessex that he is receiving "5000 pounds". However, Wessex then asks him to oblige him with 50 or so to settle his accounts. 5050 in total. It is this extra sum of 50 pounds that is given to Will at the end of the movie to settle Wessex's lost bet.
|What colour are the walls of the brothel, which everyone heads to, after defeating Richard Burbage during the fight at The Rose?||Shakespeare in Love
Pink. Although most Elizabethan brothels would not have had the funds to paint their walls pink, this is nonetheless their colour in the movie. This was a deliberate choice by the director, again putting a modern spin on the story.
|Near the beginning of the film, Will goes to an apothecary to find out how to restore his gift. What is the apothecary's name?||Shakespeare in Love
Moth. You see his title, "Doctor Moth" on one of the many chalkboards outside his office. Others include "Priest of Psyche" and "Interpreter of Dreams". Will procures a bangle from Dr Moth, which he proceeds to give to Rosalind at Whitehall. It is this bangle that ends up getting him involved in the brawl with Burbage, which inspires the fight with Tybalt in the actual play.
|How many "tickets" does Mr Fennyman predict will be sold to the performances of "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter"?||Shakespeare in Love
1800. When calculating how much money he can make from the performance, Mr Fennyman says: "500 groundlings at tuppence a head, 400 backsides at threepence... 2 perfomances for safety". Hence, 1800 "tickets" are expected to be sold to the two performances.
He also comments that at each performance 200 people will buy cushions for an extra penny. Having made his calculations, his assistant, Mr Frieze agrees that he will make "20 pounds, to the penny".
|How many full, actual titles of Shakespeare's real plays appear in the film?||Shakespeare in Love
4. "Romeo and Juliet" is the actual play performed. Ned Allen says that he was "Henry the Sixth", John Webster says that they cut his head off in "Titus Andronicus" and at the end of the film, Will is commissioned to write a comedy for "Twelfth Night". "Moneylender Reveng'd", "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter", "Romeo and Rosalind" and "One Gentlemen of Verona" do not count. "Moneylender Reveng'd" is attributed to, but not a real title of, "The Merchant of Venice". "Romeo and Ethel the Pirate's Daughter" and "Romeo and Rosalind" were made up for the film, to fit in with the story of Shakespeare's creation of "Romeo and Juliet". Finally, Shakespeare's play is entitled "Two Gentlemen of Verona". He only says the name "One Gentleman of Verona" because Henslowe has only half paid him for the play.
|Who says "I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No... not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that... over-throws life. Unbiddable, ungovernable - like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture. Love - like there has never been in a play."?||"Shakespeare in Love" Quotations
Viola De Lesseps. The lines spoken in this film are such reinforcements of the fine acting of all the stars therein, you can't help but fall in love with this story! This is where Viola is speaking to her nurse after attending a play at court. She's getting ready for bed, and the nurse thinks her a dreamer and a silly maiden girl for such thoughts. I went back and re-read several of Shakespeare's works with a picture of Joseph Fiennes' characterisation in my head...what a hoot!
|When asked if Viola is obedient, who replies "As any mule in Christendom - but if you are the man to ride her, there are rubies in the saddlebag."?
||"Shakespeare in Love" Quotations
Sir Robert De Lesseps. This is a scene between Sir Robert De Lesseps and Lord Wessex, discussing Viola as a potential bride. I can just see the way a girl would feel back then, being discussed as though she were livestock being sold at the auction block to the highest bidder. Colin Firth plays the role of Lord Wessex in his best stuffed-shirt manner...but alas...he will forever be Mr. Darcy to me! Sigh...
Queen Elizabeth. In this scene the curtain call of the play is interrupted by Mr. Tilney. Queen Elizabeth, played only as Dame Judi Dench can, arises from her disguise, (the queen isn't supposed to lower herself to view such displays in public, when she could have the play acted for her at court) and puts him into his proper place!
Ned Alleyn. This is such an funny and ironic scene. They're rehearsing the dance scenes and Viola (in drag) forgets to stay upstage. Ben Affleck's character delivers this line with the perfect arrogant tyranny of a seasoned actor working with lesser "men"! "Suffering Cats!"
|Who utters the line "I would not have thought it: there is something better than a play!...Even your play!...And that was only my first try!"?||"Shakespeare in Love" Quotations
Viola De Lesseps. This is after the scene between Will and Viola after he realizes Thomas Kent is Viola, the love of his life. It follows the love scene, (Viola's "first try") which was so realistic...I get fluttery just thinking of it!
Will Shakespeare. Will Shakespeare says this when a play he has written is performed for Queen Elizabeth, and there is a person coughing during the dramatic scenes. Little does he know that the love of his life decides to pursue a part in his new play as a result of seeing this production.
|At court, who tells Lord Wessex: "Have her then, but you're a lordly fool. She's been plucked since I saw her last, and not by you... it takes a woman to know it."?||"Shakespeare in Love" Quotations
Queen Elizabeth. Dame Judi Dench won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as Queen Elizabeth in this movie. She is one of my favorite characters. Here she is describing Viola to Lord Wessex at court. Wessex is astounded and angered. He believes Christopher Marlowe (whom William claimed to be when they met) is involved. Dame Judi delivers this line with such sarcasm and royal dignity that who could doubt she knows her subjects? She is a true classic!
Mr. Henslowe. Mr. Henslowe is Shakespeare's friend and co-partner in the Rose Theater. In the movie, he's constantly suffering because of the wilful behaviour of William Shakespeare, as he creates the masterpiece of "Romeo and Juliet". This line recurs throughout the film and is proof that Mr. Henslowe isn't the sharpest tool in the shed. Somehow he manages to skirt the issues and sail off clean every time! Geoffrey Rush is awesome in this role!