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I am not entirely sure that this is a 'great' project or why it is completely necessary. "To bring Shakespeare to a contemporary audience"? Well, his plays and sonnets have lasted over 400 years with lots of contemporary audiences to contend with and his popularity has rarely waned. I wonder if these 'cover versions' will simply be a re-working as in Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres or a Baz Luhrman type restyling.

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Can't see the harm. Shakespeare didn't really have original storylines himself so what's wrong with re-hashing the, Besides, some rehashes are good in themselves - Seamus Heaney's Beowulf or Ciaran Carson's Inferno spring to mind.

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if they were pure remakes, i don't see the point.


however there is a literary tradition of books being influenced by other books, "the great american novel" by philip roth was based on the story of gilgamesh while of course, "Ulysses" by james joyce is based on "Odysseus".


I am sure there are others.

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