1. I am that merry wanderer of the night.
An actor playing the impish Puck in Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Strand Theatre.
2. Why should a man, whose blood is warm within, Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster?
Charles Quartermaine as Gratiano and Dorothy Minto as Nerissa in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice’.
3. Thou call’dst me dog before thou hadst a cause; But, since I am a dog, beware my fangs
English actor George Hayes playing the leading role in ‘Merchant Of Venice’ during the Shakespeare Festival Season at Stratford-upon-Avon.
4. I am a great eater of beef, and I believe that does harm to my wit
Actors Robert Atkins and Norman Forbes perform Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’.
5. It is like a barber’s chair that fits all buttocks.
A character from Shakespeare’s ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’.
6. This is the very ecstasy of love, Whose violent property fordoes itself And leads the will to desperate undertakings
British actress Jean Simmons plays Ophelia in Laurence Olivier’s film production of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.
7. What, wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?
Australian dancer, choreographer and actor Robert Helpmann as Shylock and British actress Barbara Jefford as Pertia in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant Of Venice’ at the Old Vic theatre, London.
8. How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is To have a thankless child!
A scene from Shakespeare’s play King Lear
9. Make haste, the better foot before.
From left to right, Barry Warren, Clive Revill and Doreen Aris play the Dauphin, the King of France and Blanch, in Shakespeare’s ‘King John’ at Stratford-on-Avon.
10. Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York;
Actor Paul Daneman playing Shakespeare’s King Richard III.
11. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
Judi Dench as the Queen and Alec McCowen in Richard II
12. Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul, But I do love thee; and when I love thee not, Chaos is come again.
Singer Paul Robeson as Othello
13. Masters, spread yourselves.
Actor, playwright and theatrical manager Oscar Asche as Bottom, from a 1905 theatre production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
14. A load would sink a navy, — too much honour.
An actor portrays the role of Cardinal Wolsey in William Shakespeare’s ‘Henry VIII’.
15. Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is wing’d Cupid painted blind.
Actress Lily Brayton as Helena in a theatre production of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
16. Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead!
The Agincourt battle scene in a production of Shakespeare’s Henry V
17. What see’st thou else In the dark backward and abysm of time?
A group of actors in Mr Leigh’s Company Court Theatre production of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.
18. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.
Beatles Paul McCartney and John Lennon in costume during rehearsals for an Independent Television show, 28th April 1964. They are appearing in a scene from Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Paul McCartney, left, is playing Bottom and John Lennon Thisbe.
Yes, that is Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Here’s the whole band.