Shakespeare in the 21st Century

To commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare's death, we've created Street-Speare; a modern guide to translating some of his most famous lines and updating his classic characters. You might be surprised how relevant his work still is today.

 

all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players. 

Lady Macbeth and Macbeth – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

A man who acts erratically and you suspect it's because the woman is running the show. 

 

Hamlet - Morissey

A deeply sensitive, misunderstood individual, prone to mood swings and moaning about love. 

 

Juilet – Taylor Swift

Both surrounded by a powerful squad, but is strangely unlucky in love. 

 

Bottom – David Brent

Believes he’s hilarious and the smartest man in the room, yet doesn’t realise he’s a bit of an ass. 

 

Cleopatra – Beyonce

A strong Queen who runs the world.    

     

To bae or not to bae?

Julius Caesar"Et Tu, Brute?" 

Translation: "Mate. Mate though."

           

Two Gentlemen of Verona - "They do not love that do not show their love." 

Translation: "Why would I like your posts when you never like mine?"

 

Twelfth Night - "Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Translation: "#IWokeUpLikeThis"


King Lear - "I am a man more sinned against than sinning."

Translation: "They started it."

 

King Henry IV - "Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown."

Translation: "It’s so hard to keep up with my Instagram notifications. #humblebrag"

 

Hamlet"The lady doth protest too much?"

Translation: "If you don’t fancy him, why is he your screensaver?"

 

Julius Caesar - "A dish fit for the gods."

Translation: "An especially cheeky Nando's."

 

As You Like It - "Can one desire too much of a good thing?"

Translation: "When you want another cheeky Nando's."

 

Titus Andronicus - "These words are razors to my wounded heart."

Translation: "Ooh Burn."

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream - "The course of true love never did run smooth."

Translation: "When bae just wants to Netflix with no chill."

 

Sonnet 18 - "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?"

Translation: "Swipe right."