The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1304 Wednesday, 18 June 2004
Date: Friday, 18 Jun 2004 09:54:36 +0100
Subject: Shakespeare and Football
The Guardian Guide to Euro 2004 ascribes characters from stage and
screen to the various national teams. No surprise that England is
Hamlet, accompanied by a composite of Olivier with skull, torso dressed
in the England strip. The text reads:
A king in waiting perhaps, and easy to predict a glorious future, but
there are always problems. Haunted by ghosts of the past, events can
quickly spiral out of control, and with every failure come the usual
allegations of madness and indiscipline. Once the poison starts flowing
you feel a tragic end coming on.
Have list members come across any other noteworthy Shakespeare
references in media coverage of football (including American football)?
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