Quite aside from the fact that I like a good chunk of Shakespeare’s work, I’m always fascinated by the way bits of his prose have become a part of our speech.
I was first struck by this when I saw a comedy performance that tried to act all of the plays in hilarious summary form, where they’d boiled the dialogue down to the famous bits. Hearing phrases and sayings that people use all the time yet I’d never realised were from his plays, was shocking for the sheer number of them.
Having just been to see an excellent production of King Lear, I was conversely struck by how few phrases are drawn from that play. But as my companion said at the end of the 3hrs – Lear is an example of Shakespeare in desperate need of a good editor.