Did you guess they are all paintings of the great bard, William Shakespeare? Why do they look so different you might ask? Although we all likely have an image in our mind of what the great man looked like, there are no certain likenesses – no descriptions exist of what the man actually looked like though many drawings and paintings exist. Indeed, there are no letters or papers, other than legal papers to shine any light on the life of what many consider to be one of the world’s greatest dramatists.
This, Mary Hartman, Director of Education for Bard on the Beach, told her Day in the Life audience, leads to the mystery and elusiveness of the man and drives many scholars and lay folks alike to ponder the history and life of William Shakespeare. But regardless of the mystery and the fact that his plays were written over 400 years ago, they still seem relevant to-day and continue to influence theatre and literature.
Mary is a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm and fortunately for us, is returning to offer her one week Bard on the Beach Bound course in June. Do not hesitate to sign up…. “Better three hours too soon than a minute too late”! (The Merry Wives of Windsor, which is one of the four plays at Bard on the Beach this season).