Quiz: Shakespeare and the theatre
You’ll hopefully have seen at least one play by Shakespeare in a theatre, at some point in your life – but did you know how often Shakespeare refers to theatres, acting, and performance in his plays? It adds a layer of amusement to a scene, acknowledging that the audience is seeing a play being performed, without entirely breaking the fourth wall.
Test yourself on quotations from Shakespeare’s plays that are to do with the theatre. In each case, we’ve given you the line and the play, but a word is missing…
Let us know how well you did!
William Shakespeare was an English dramatist, poet, and actor who is often considered the greatest writer in the English language. His vast collection of work includes sonnets, comedies, historical plays, great tragedies, and tragicomedies, all of which have been translated into every major modern language. His most renowned plays include Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, and Cymbeline.