A Facelift for Shakespeare

The Wall Street Journal

By JOHN H. MCWHORTER

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A new translation effort aims to make all of Shakespeare’s plays comprehensible to today’s audiences

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will announce next week that it has commissioned translations of all 39 of the Bard’s plays into modern English, with the idea of having them ready to perform in three years. Yes, translations—because Shakespeare’s English is so far removed from the English of 2015 that it often interferes with our own comprehension.


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