Here’s a trailer for Henry V, seen just as it would have in Shakespeare’s day at the Globe Theater.
Of course, that’s long gone.
The miserable place known as Shakespeare’s Globe was recreated as an attraction in the UK by an American Communist actor, has little in common with Shakespeare’s theater beyond the architecture and its only real productions are outbursts of lame wokeness with high school level talent at every level.
And while wokeness is commonplace now, the Globe strives to dramatically exceed everyone else’s wokeness.
You may recall this incident from the summer.
Elizabeth I “was a non-binary person too, according to academics working for Shakespeare’s Globe, who have cast doubt on the gender identity of one of England’s greatest queens.
Elizabeth I has been presented as possibly non-binary in an essay published by the theatre, which refers to the female monarch with the gender-neutral “they/them” pronouns.”
“The essay was written by a “transgender awareness trainer” in defence of the Globe’s decision to stage a new play featuring a non-binary Joan of Arc, but both the play and the essay have raised concerns that famous females are being written out of history.”
Can’t imagine why they’d think that. At this rate, if J.K. Rowling dies tomorrow, they’ll claim that she was non-binary too.
You can get a sample of the Globe’s top-notch research in the Globe’s “Was Shakespeare Gay?” presentation. (The answer, obviously.)
The Globe Theater marked Earth Day with “Shakespeare and Climate Emergency”, examining the works of the Bard through climate panic, or the other way around. We are told however that Shakespeare “would have had no conception of the scientific link between emissions and climate change.”
Every production now contains trigger warnings. Like this one for Henry V, currently being performed.
“This production contains graphic violence; coercive behaviour; sexual assault and strong language, including descriptions of infanticide and sexual violence.”
But what can you do with Henry V? The Globe throws in essays about the evils of nationalism and rape culture, but even its woke leftists can’t possibly shove racism in there?
Or can they?
“Our free Anti-Racist Shakespeare webinars bring you a range of perspectives from scholars and artists about Shakespeare’s plays and how they engage with the topics of race and identity. In this webinar, Globe scholars will be joined by theatre artists and scholars to discuss race and social justice in Henry V.”
I haven’t sat through it, but you can sample the Anti-Racist take on King Lear by three female third-world woke academics. If you can sit through 5 seconds of it, you’re a better or worse man than I am. And if we ever do need to properly reopen Gitmo, this will do for torture sessions. Every Jihadi will break within the hour. They may have survived having Nasser speeches played for them for 24 hours back in Egypt, but this is the real stuff.
This isn’t Shakespeare’s Globe, despite its much-abused name, it’s Marx’s. And considering the place is the legacy of a Communist, that’s as it should be.