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Sir Ian, Shakespeare, and Rap
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0505  Wednesday, 27 August 2008

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Date:       Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Subject:    Sir Ian, Shakespeare, and Rap

The following appeared in the Telegraph online. Complete article at

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2631655/Sir-Ian-McKellan-mixes-Shakespeare-and-rap.html

Sir Ian Mckellan Mixes Shakespeare and Rap: A Classic Shakespeare Sonnet Has 
Been Turned Into A Rap Song By Actor Sir Ian Mckellen.
By Jon Swaine
Last Updated: 2:00PM BST 27 Aug 2008

On a visit to City Gateway, a youth centre in Limehouse, East London, Sir Ian 
recorded an impromptu recital of Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, which begins: "Shall I 
compare thee to a summer's day?"

His speech was then mixed with electronic music and rapping being recorded by 
some of the youth centre's members.

Sir Ian said the blending of two art forms separated by 400 years came 
naturally. "Shakespeare is all based on beats, rhythm and rhyme -- all things 
that rappers deal with," he said.

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