Bard Madness: the first half of Round One

It’s March and time for Madness. But here at the Bill / Shakespeare Project, it’s not about the round ball, but about the grand Bard (of Avon, that is!). We’ve got a 32-play bracket, and today we begin the first half (the right side of the bracket) of the first round…

6 Measure For Measure [#M4M]
27 Henry VI (all three parts!) [#H6]

11 Hamlet [#Ham]
22 Cymbeline [#Cymb]

14 Pericles Prince of Tyre [#Per]
19 The Taming of the Shrew [#Shrew]

3 A Midsummer Night’s Dream [#Dream]
30 Love’s Labor’s Lost [#LLL]

7 Twelfth Night [#12N]
26 Timon of Athens [#Timon]

10 Much Ado About Nothing [#Ado]
23 As You Like It [#Like]

15 Henry IV (both parts!) [#H4]
18 Julius Caesar [#JC]

2 Macbeth [#Mac]
31 Antony and Cleopatra [#AC]

Which are your faves?

You can vote in any of the following ways:

  • Leave the titles of your winning choices in the comments below
  • Tweet @walthall with #BardMadness and the hashtagged titles (see above), one winner for each pairing
  • Use the Instagram polls in the story at @billwalthall
  • Leave the titles of your winning choices in the comments of the BSP Facebook page…

This round will last today and tomorrow (Friday); the second half (left side of the bracket) of the first round will be up this weekend!

Cast your votes today!

Oh, and by the way: The Two Gentlemen of Verona teamed up and beat the singular King John yesterday, which means that they (it) will go up against Romeo and Juliet in Saturday and Sunday’s second half of the first round (a two-on-two Verona throwdown)!

5 Replies to “Bard Madness: the first half of Round One”

  1. Henry VI

    Hamlet (duh lol)



    Twelfth Night

    This is such a tough one! I’m going to have to go with As You Like It

    Another toughie- but I think I prefer the depth of Henry IV over politics of JC, plus Falstaff! Henry IV it is!


  2. Measure For Measure / Hamlet / The Taming of the Shrew (could this be the least lovable bracket?) / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Twelfth Night (but Timon deserves great productions so we can judge it better!) / Much Ado About Nothing / Julius Caesar / Macbeth

  3. Pretty easy choices except Hamlet vs Cymbeline, both of which I like. But I’m going with Cymbeline, since I doubt anybody else will! So:
    Measure for Measure, Cymbeline, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About
    Nothing, Henry IV, Macbeth.

  4. Measure




    Twelfth Night

    Much Ado About Nothing (this was the only tough one!)

    Henry IV


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