19 Vintage Photos From Shakespeare Productions

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” So many poses, so much make-up and Elizabethan costuming!

1. I am that merry wanderer of the night.

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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?

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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

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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

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Actors Robert Atkins and Norman Forbes perform Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’.

5. It is like a barber’s chair that fits all buttocks.

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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

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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?

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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!

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A scene from Shakespeare’s play King Lear

9. Make haste, the better foot before.

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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;

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Actor Paul Daneman playing Shakespeare’s King Richard III.

11. I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

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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.

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Singer Paul Robeson as Othello

13. Masters, spread yourselves.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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

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Here’s the whole band.

True is it that we have seen better days

Or Maybe Not

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