Street-Speare: Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare
To commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare’s death, we’ve created Street-Speare; a modern guide to translating some of his most famous lines and updating his classic characters. You might be surprised how relevant his work still is today.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
Lady Macbeth and Macbeth – Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
A man who acts erratically and you suspect it’s because the woman is running the show.
Hamlet – Morrissey
A deeply sensitive, misunderstood individual, prone to mood swings and moaning about love.
Juliet – Taylor Swift
Both surrounded by a powerful squad, but is strangely unlucky in love.
Bottom – David Brent
Believes he’s hilarious and the smartest man in the room, yet doesn’t realise he’s a bit of an ass.
Cleopatra – Beyonce
A strong Queen who runs the world.
To bae or not to bae?
Julius Caesar – “Et Tu, Brute?”
Translation: “Mate. Mate though.”
Two Gentlemen of Verona – “They do not love that do not show their love.”
Translation: “Why would I like your posts when you never like mine?”
Twelfth Night – “Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
King Lear – “I am a man more sinned against than sinning.”
Translation: “They started it.”
King Henry IV – “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”
Translation: “It’s so hard to keep up with my Instagram notifications. #humblebrag”
Hamlet – “The lady doth protest too much?”
Translation: “If you don’t fancy him, why is he your screensaver?”
Julius Caesar – “A dish fit for the gods.”
Translation: “An especially cheeky Nando’s.”
As You Like It – “Can one desire too much of a good thing?”
Translation: “When you want another cheeky Nando’s.”
Titus Andronicus – “These words are razors to my wounded heart.”
Translation: “Ooh Burn.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – “The course of true love never did run smooth.”
Translation: “When bae just wants to Netflix with no chill.”
Sonnet 18 – “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”
Translation: “Swipe right.”