The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0505 Wednesday, 27 August 2008
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Subject: Sir Ian, Shakespeare, and Rap
The following appeared in the Telegraph online. Complete article at
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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